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Leah Fredman's Blog

 

Hi!

I am currently a National Science Foundation Fellow completing my experimental social psychology PhD degree. This means I get to study what affects people's behaviors in all kinds of different setting, and under different conditions.

I am currently researching video games. Specifically, I am looking at the impact of different types of toxicity in online gaming on different genders. While I am utilizing predominantly quantitative methods, I am also examining the issue qualitatively.

I expect to graduate over the summer, so if you are looking to hire a talented researcher and statistical analyst temporarily, permanently, or for consultation, ping me.

 

Member Blogs

Posted by Leah Fredman on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:30:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Serious, Social/Online
WHO is considering adding gaming disorder as an official mental disorder. In this post I examine reasons as to why this may not be a good idea, and how gaming addiction should prompt society to reevaluate familial gaming practices.


Posted by Leah Fredman on Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:04:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Combating toxicity/harassment in online games is an ongoing battle. In this post I cover some past research done on the topic, as well as offer some new avenues to explore.


Posted by Leah Fredman on Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:19:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
Many Overwatch gamers playing competitive PTR matches do not play with the same effort as when they play competitive live matches. In a series of two posts I utilize psychology to examine the issue and offer possible solutions.


Posted by Leah Fredman on Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:18:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
Many Overwatch gamers playing competitive PTR matches do not play with the same effort as when they play competitive live matches. In a series of two posts I utilize psychology to examine the issue and offer possible solutions.


Posted by Leah Fredman on Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
Many were unhappy with Jeff Kaplan's recent video discussing Overwatch's toxicity. In this post I examine the video and feedback through the lenses of psychology and human relationships.



Leah Fredman's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/05/2018 - 10:30]

I agree. I think we ...

I agree. I think we can draw parallels to the recent criticism of Apple in the news for kids being addicted to their phones. Unfortunately, frequently parents don 't pay undivided attention to their kids because they are so engrossed in their phones. At the end of the day, it ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/29/2016 - 09:26]

A shame they didn 't ...

A shame they didn 't use HEXACO instead of OCEAN...