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When the Fun Stops: The Science of Addiction


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called for studies investigating video game addiction. The APA has identified "Internet Gaming Disorder" and the WHO has flagged "Gaming Disorder" as conditions possibly meriting treatment though it is not clear what these controversial moves mean for developers or scientists. In this talk, Professor Andrew Przybylski will explain the specific decisions taken by these health bodies, and what scientists know, don't know, and want to know about problematic play. The discussion will focus on the practical implications of the evidence and concrete ways developers can help advance science.

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  • GDC 2019
  • Andrew Przybylski
  • University of Oxford
  • free content
  • Advocacy
  • Advocacy