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Jared Lorince's Blog


I am a third-year PhD student in cognitive science and psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, working in the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition Lab under the direction of Dr. Peter Todd.

My research interests draw from several areas, but focus on how people search for information and make decisions in social information environments. I'm especially interested in collaborative tagging systems and the decision-making strategies people use when deciding what and how to tag. I'm also co-founder of the blog Motivate.Play.

But that's just the blurb version. Beyond tagging, I'm interested in: big data analysis, web mining, social signaling online, path-following in physical and digital environments, game design, motivational factors in online communities, gamification, recommendation systems, tools for connecting the academic and non-academic world...and plenty of other stuff. If any of that sounds cool to you, too, let's talk about it!

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Posted by Jared Lorince on Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:20:00 EST in Design
Originally published in late 2011, this interview with Damion Schubert, Lead Systems Designer at Bioware Austin, discusses new ways of thinking about player investment, casual gaming, and more.

Posted by Jared Lorince on Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:30:00 EST in Design
Do video games help people understand probabilistic information better? We don't know, but we should figure it out.

Posted by Jared Lorince on Sat, 04 Jun 2011 07:52:00 EDT in Design
Videogame environments often compel us to collect things - items, xp, achievements, and more. Are games able to generate hoarding behavior in otherwise non-compulsive players? And if so, how?