Dream incorporation of video game play as a function of interactivity and fidelity

  • Title: Dream incorporation of video game play as a function of interactivity and fidelity
    Author: Gackenbach, Jayne; Rosie, Matthew; Bown, Johnathan; Sample, Tyler
    Year: 2011
    Keyword(s): dream incorporation, video games, dreams
    Description: Video game play offers the opportunity to investigate the continuity hypothesis. By using interactive video games, rather than passive films, as a controlled manipulation an engaging pre-sleep experience is possible. Several researchers have successfully used video games to investigate dream incorporation. In the current study interactivity and fidelity were the independent measures manipulating immersion in a commercially available video game. Interactivity was either passive or active, while fidelity was high screen resolution and stereophonic headset audio versus low. We expected the highest dream incorporation in the high fidelity/high interactivity condition. Incorporation was assessed by subject self-report and judges’ evaluations. The independent variable of fidelity was especially strong both in the manipulation and in the subsequent dream incorporation for self report while interactivity became the dominant variable when viewed from the judges’ perspectives. The effects of demand characteristics and emotionality were also considered.
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Type of Item: Journal Articles
    DOI: 10.1037/a0022868
    Publication Information: Gackenbach, J., Rosie, M., Bown, J., & Sample, T. (2011). Dream incorporation of video game play as a function of interactivity and fidelity. Dreaming, 21(1), 32-50. doi:10.1037/a0022868
    Language: English

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