"Play for Growth: A Systematic Literature Review of Games and Socioemotional Skills"

Paper submitted to Educational Psychology Review


    Last week Lucy Zheng submitted the paper "Play for Growth: A Systematic Literature Review of Games and Socioemotional Skills" to Educational Psychology Review. 

    It is a literature review paper on the effects of different types of games on socioemotional skills development covering research published over the past 10 years, including role-playing games.

    It also discusses the issues with most of the demographics in the published studies as unreported or predemonantly "White, Educated,

    Industrialized, Rich, Democratic" ("WEIRD") rather than more diverse groups. This is a problem for the vast majority of this kind of research, though inroads are being made incrementally.

    Listed authors are (in order): 

    • Lucy R Zheng

    • W.A. Hawkes-Robinson

    • Stéphane Daniau 

    Average response time from initial submission for first decision is 39 days). Average response time for final acceptance is 181 days. Fingers crossed!

    RPG Research discusses some of the high level concepts and premise with some fellow research team members in Saudi Arabia and Hungary here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/sneak-peak-at-to-43040784 

    We especially discuss their cultural experiences with role-playing games, and RPG Research's global experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North & South Americas, and what has been observed about the differences and similarities in the effects of RPGs across demographics & cultures.

    The video will be freely available to non-Patreon supporters in a few weeks.

    • Lucy R. Zheng is with the University of California Davis and involved with Time2Tabletop.

    • W.A. Hawkes-Robinson (aka Hawke Robinson). A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist. Engaged in research through Washington State University & Eastern Washington University. He is founder of the non-profit 501(c)3 RPG Research, and the for-profit RPG Therapeutics.

    • Stéphane Daniau is an associate professor at Université du Québec à Montréal.