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Kevin Koban wins Best Student Paper Award of the ICA Game Studies Division

We are proud to announce that CrossWorlds collegiate Kevin Koban won the Best Student Paper Award of the Game Studies Division at this year’s ICA Conference in Fukuoka with his work on problematic video gaming titled “I hate it, but I can’t stop. Addictive tendencies as a mediator for negative game experience in a mobile trivia game”.

Conducted together with his supervisor Peter Ohler, the paper emphasized a meaningful, but often neglected differentiation between video game enthusiasm and problematic gaming tendencies with regard to players’ individual dispositions, gaming motivations as well as positive and negative experience while and immediately after a gaming episode. In this context, the study’s sample contained both casual and hardcore gamers of the mobile trivia game QuizClash including 140 of the top 1000 players from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

If you want to take a look into the results, the presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

CrossWorlds @ ICA 2016 in Fukuoka

Late spring, as every year, marks an academic highlight in media research as the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) invites thousands of scholars from all over the world to discuss their latest research. To seize this opportunity, CrossWorlds members Daniel Pietschmann, Benny Liebold, Kevin Koban, and Jan-Philipp Stein as well as associated member Nicholas H. Mueller went far east to Japan to participate in pre-conferences in Kyoto and Tokyo and, finally, to present a total of seven research papers at the main conference in Fukuoka.

The presented papers covered a broad range of topics including novelty and learning effects of naturally mapped video game controllers (Benny Liebold and Daniel Pietschmann together with Nick Bowman from West Virginia University), psychophysiological foundations of breaks in presence (Benny Liebold, Daniel Pietschmann and Peter Ohler in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Wuerzburg, Michael Brill and Frank Schwab), recreational media use (Kevin Koban together with associated member Georg Valtin and research student Sandra Rogenz), or suspense in cliffhanger situations (Nicholas H. Mueller).

Alongside, the CrossWorlds group was busy extending their research networks and even building collaborations. This might yield some interesting results in the not too distant future.

 

Meeting of international scientists in Granada

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Maria Wirzberger presenting her poster

From May 5th to 8th, the second International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society took place in the marvellous scenery of Granada. Over 1000 researchers from all over the world got together to discuss topics related to human cognition. Besides of talks and keynotes from outstanding experts, the organizers offered a sophisticated selection of social events: a Flamenco show, a nightly visit to the impressing and culturally rich Alhambra and a dinner in the beautiful Alhambra Gardens. At the first day, prior to the conference beginning, a meeting organized by Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS) supplemented the conference with insights into the important topic of international collaborations.

During one of the poster sessions, CrossWorlds researcher Maria Wirzberger presented her work on “Separating cognitive load facets in a working memory updating task: An experimental approach” that raised broad interest amongst fellow scientists. As additional benefit, she could promote her recently published article in Computers & Education, doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2016.04.010, which relates to the introduced study.

Due to the rich feedback, vibrant discussions and various opportunities to enhance her professional network, the conference has been a really valuable platform for our young researcher!

 

Media researchers captured Heidelberg

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Group from the Institute for Media Research in front of the TeaP venue

From March 21st to 23rd the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP) took place in the marvelous city of Heidelberg. A group of media researchers from CrossWorlds and the affiliated Chair of E-Learning and New Media participated as well and presented their work during the conference.

Right at the first day, Maria Wirzberger gave a talk on modeling load-inducing factors in instructional design within her organized symposium on enhancing experimental research with the cognitive architecture ACT-R, in which she had invited speakers from Heidelberg and Berlin as well. On the second day, within a session on multimedia learning Steve Nebel talked about the jigsaw principle in educational videogames, Sascha Schneider presented his research on politeness in multimedia instructions as facilitator of learning and motivation and Maik Beege introduced his work on the effect of addressing in multimedia learning. Furthermore, master’s degree student Laura Winkler together with her supervisor Kevin Koban presented her bachelor’s thesis on attractiveness priming in one of the exceptionally well-attended poster sessions. During the third day, Alexander Skulmowski gave his talk regarding impacts of physical demands on cognitive resource allocation in a session related to the field of embodiment.

We had a great time in Heidelberg with a lot of exciting talks and discussions! Moreover, we could enjoy vibrant conversations with our fellows from various locations and research areas and thereby enhance our professional networks.

 

Promoting young talents

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Maria Wirzberger and her scholar Katja Dittrich ©TU Berlin/Jacek Ruta

On the occasion of the Germany scholarship celebration 2015/2016 at the TU Berlin, CrossWorlds researcher Maria Wirzberger, formerly scholar and now sponsor within the scholarship program, got together with her current scholar Katja Dittrich and handed over the scholarship certificate. Being a graduate of the Human Factors master’s degree course, Maria Wirzberger dedicated her scholarship to a student enrolled in this course of studies.

The Germany scholarship program is intended to promote highly talented and socially involved students by monetary and career-related support. It receives funding in equal parts from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as private sponsors (companies, foundations or private individuals).

 

Vincent Küszter successfully defended his PhD on multi-user VR

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Our dear Crossworlds colleague and friend Vincent Küszter successfully defended his PhD thesis today. Vincent’s work is titled “Enwicklung eines mehrbenutzerfähigen projektionsbasierten VR-Systems und Untersuchung ausgewählter Aspekte der Nutzerinteraktion” (Development of a projection-based multi-user VR system and evaluation of specific aspects of user interaction).

His talk was attended very well and the organizers soon ran out of chairs. Dr. Küszter will continue his work on the prototype platform as associate member of Crossworlds. His new platform is used for further projects and psychological studies by members of the second group of graduates and also as a research tool in master’s courses of the Master of Science program “media psychology and instructional psychology”. His dissertation will be available as monograph, soon.

Congratulations from the whole Crossworlds team, Vincent!

 

Slides from Johannes Breuer’s talk

Last week Dr. Johannes Breuer visited CrossWorlds and gave an inspiring talk on Mobile Learning opportunities. He also discussed first results from a current project, where Dr. Breuer and his team develop a quiz-game application for the University of Cologne. This app is designed to help students prepare for exams and uses gamification techniques from popular apps like Quizkampen (“QuizDuell” in German).

We had a great time with Dr. Breuer and hope he enjoyed his stay in Chemnitz. Besides social activities in small groups, the workshop after the talk offered yet another chance to discuss research.

You can download the slides from Dr. Breuers talk here (PDF, 1,5 Mbyte).

 

Thank you for sketching with us, Sheelagh Carpendale!

Prof. Carpendale's workshop

Prof. Carpendale’s workshop

At the beginning of last week, Prof. Sheelagh Carpendale visited our group for two exciting and productive days. We enjoyed one of her famous “Sketching Visualizations” sessions, where even colleagues from Dresden joined, and intensive discussions about ongoing and future research projects of both sides, also stimulated by her talk about “Interacting Information through Visualization”. Fortunately, there was even time to visit the Christmas Market and chat through the evening with a warm drink.

 

Invited talk by Johannes Breuer on December 10th

We are happy to annouce that Dr. Johannes Breuer will be visiting Chemnitz this week. Dr. Breuer will be giving a talk in our series on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies” titled “Can smartphones make people smarter? Challenges and opportunities for the design and use of mobile educational games” on December 10th, 9.00-11.00 am in Room 2/N013 (Neues Hörsaalgebäude).

Dr. Breuer will discuss the potential of mobile games for learning in secondary and higher education, based on experiences and first results from a recently started project on the development and use of a mobile quiz game for higher education.

CrossWorlds invites all interested students and university staff to attend the talk. Please spread the word!

You can read the abstract of the talk and a short bio of Dr. Breuer after the jump.

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CrossWorlds retreat at IBS Laubusch

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CrossWorlds team at IBS Laubusch

To consolidate their dissertation topics and further develop existing cooperation ideas, members of the current group of CrossWorlds researchers and their supervisors met in conclave at the IBS (international centre of computer science and encounters) in Lauta-Laubusch from November 9th to 10th. Topics and ideas were first discussed vividly in plenum, and afterwards refined in interdisciplinary study groups. Prospective cooperation projects deal for instance with joint educational and linguistic multi-user settings at shared haptic devices, moral dilemmas in virtual reality or novel applications of facial recognition parameters. Altogether, we spent two busy days filled with intense conversations and focussed work that really brought forward our ideas!