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Wai Yen Tang's Blog


Wai Yen Tang is a PhD from Ohio State University. His interests are in the psychology of videogames and gamers. He maintains a blog reviewing social science studies on videogames.


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Posted by Wai Yen Tang on Mon, 18 Apr 2016 01:18:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Serious, Social/Online
A non-exhaustive overview of the sexual harassment research, helping us understand harassment in online videogames. What videogames studies have found so far and the identified paths laid out for researchers and gaming community to tackle.

Posted by Wai Yen Tang on Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:26:00 EST in Serious, Social/Online
A review of two studies on prison video games.

Posted by Wai Yen Tang on Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:47:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
A field experiment examining negative and positive reactions to male vs. female voice within an FPS game. The role of players' status and performance are examined.

Posted by Wai Yen Tang on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:44:00 EDT in Design, Social/Online
An examination of three studies that failed to replicate past findings on the cognitive benefits of video games.

Posted by Wai Yen Tang on Fri, 29 May 2015 03:03:00 EDT in Social/Online
An academic alternative to the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory and how such alternative can offer insights into antisocial and prosocial online behaviours.

Posted by Wai Yen Tang on Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:15:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
The study assessed the relationship between video game use and sexist attitudes, using data from a representative sample of German players aged 14 and older.

Wai Yen Tang's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/18/2016 - 01:18]

Thanks for the question I ...

Thanks for the question I do mean the distinction between sexual harassment for the purpose of trash talking and sexual harassment for its own sake . It 's an excellent empirical question. I agree that sexual harassment in problematic regardless of intent. I do wonder if the target were adversely ...

Comment In: [News - 10/15/2015 - 05:37]

@Christian r n r nIndeed ...

@Christian r n r nIndeed the ethics of Big Data is something for many social media companies to be mindful of. The case of a Facebook experiment on their users ' emotion without informing their users is a case study. On the other hand, Riot Games openly stated their intent ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/16/2015 - 01:47]

Masculinity is socially inherent, it ...

Masculinity is socially inherent, it 's a part of one 's identity. But it varies on a continuum between people, some are hyper-masculine or the opposite as not so masculine at all. The same goes for femininity, some are highly feminine to not very at all.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/03/2015 - 02:15]

I recognize some of the ...

I recognize some of the experiences Laralyn and the black google engineer had described, in social psychology it 's called stereotype threat, the feeling that they might be doing something that could confirm stereotypes. r n r n I have to navigate the expectation of stereotypical behavior and disappointment when ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/29/2015 - 03:03]

Hi Dr. Williams I 've ...

Hi Dr. Williams I 've been wondering how well known is the SIDE theory within the gaming industry or for that matter outside of academia

Comment In: [Blog - 03/16/2015 - 01:02]

Quite interesting, my next post ...

Quite interesting, my next post will be about psychological barriers into computer science which is quite close to videogame industry.