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Quinn Poisson's Blog



I am currently a National Science Foundation Fellow completing my 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.

Earlier in my graduate career I predominantly researched how aligning ourselves with a group can affect our behaviors--both in good and bad ways. I later took an interest in researching the role of testosterone, and I am currently collaborating with the business school. I am definetly interested in all aspects of human behavior!

Most recently, I have become interested in the role of psychology in video games. As I enjoy playing them, and I have always been interested in art and it's impact on people (my first degree is in photography), this type of research is right up my ally. My current primary interest is in toxicity--both general and sexual--and ways to redress it.


Member Blogs

Posted by Quinn Poisson on Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
Many were unhappy with Phil 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.

Posted by Quinn Poisson on Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:34:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Social/Online, VR
This post explains why sexual harassment uniquely impacts female gamers, and the steps needed to leverage that knowledge in creating interventions to retain--and reengage--them in gaming.

Posted by Quinn Poisson on Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:15:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, VR
We all know that online gaming sexual harassment is bad. However, as resources are limited, deciding whether to redress it requires a scientific examination to better understand it's nature, whether it should be combated, and how.