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dc.contributor.authorMorayko, Kateryna
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-26 19:24:37 (GMT)
dc.date.available2022-01-26 19:24:37 (GMT)
dc.date.issued2022-01-26
dc.date.submitted2022-01-16
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10012/17989
dc.description.abstractMind-wandering---spontaneous thoughts---is a common process that can interfere with attention and focus, but can also be beneficial for mental health, creativity, learning, and (in some cases) task performance. Digital games may offer a unique medium to leverage the benefits of mind-wandering, yet there has been little to no investigation of mind-wandering on player experience. Therefore, it is unclear whether and how players experience mind-wandering and whether it should be encouraged by game designers. We conducted an observational study of people playing digital games from a list of games available to the researcher in three categories: one they found relaxing, a second in which they lost track of time while playing, and a third that they spent most hours playing. Results of the thematic analysis of eye-tracking data and gameplay, as well as a quasi-random experience sampling probe, revealed that eye-tracking and gameplay data should be viewed together in context for the understanding of mind-wandering experiences during gameplay.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjecthuman computer interactionen
dc.subjectgames user researchen
dc.subjectmind-wanderingen
dc.subjectexperience samplingen
dc.subjectdigital gamesen
dc.subjectthematic analysisen
dc.subjectdaydreamingen
dc.subjecteye trackingen
dc.subjectqualitative methodsen
dc.titleExploring Mind-Wandering Experiences in Gameplayen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse
uws-etd.degree.departmentSystems Design Engineeringen
uws-etd.degree.disciplineSystem Design Engineeringen
uws-etd.degree.grantorUniversity of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Applied Scienceen
uws-etd.embargo.terms0en
uws.contributor.advisorMark, Hancock
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Engineeringen
uws.published.cityWaterlooen
uws.published.countryCanadaen
uws.published.provinceOntarioen
uws.typeOfResourceTexten
uws.peerReviewStatusUnrevieweden
uws.scholarLevelGraduateen


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