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Please find below a short summary from Polish Press Agency that covers our research.
Research on esports with the participation of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and football video game FIFA players, in the Health Psychophysiology Laboratory has been conducted by Maciej Behnke, a graduate of the Academy of Physical Education, and his PhD supervisor interested in the psychophysiology of emotions, Prof. Lukasz Kaczmarek, privately - a fan of video games. The research is financed from the funds of the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science of Adam Mickiewicz University and a grant from the National Science Centre.
For research on esports, scientists use a complex methodology of psychophysiological laboratory experiments. Apart from the game results (e.g., number of goals scored), physiological signals (e.g., heart rate or blood flow), facial expression or motor activity of the body are recorded.
Behnke and Kaczmarek believe that universities should play a much greater role in the developing world of esports. As they emphasize, stereotypical thinking about gamers dominates. These stereotypes concern addiction and aggression that are related to gaming. Such stereotypes obscure obvious positive effects of playing games, such as building new social relations, learning teamwork, setting long-term goals, or simply enjoyable and relaxing leisure time.
As psychologists argue, video games are becoming more and more popular as a form of entertainment and cultural phenomenon, and scientists must study their possible negative and positive consequences. "The gaming situation creates excellent, controllable conditions for testing many general psychological problems. Research on gamers allows us to show general mechanisms that influence human behavior, such as the influence of emotions on the effectiveness of action. Scientific research should inform how to make the best use of games in the future, e.g. for shaping effective methods of regulating emotions – suggest researchers from Poznań."
(PAP - Science in Poland), translated automatically with DeepL