Intrinsic/extrinsic motivation: A false dichotomy?

on Jan 14, 2013
The impact of Deci & Ryan’s self-determination theory in social psychology is difficult to overstate. This is the source of the frequently argued point that intrinsic motivation (motivation to do something based on inherent properties of the...

Reality Mining at Cogito

on Oct 31, 2012
Cogito Health is a young technology startup based in Charlestown, MA developing tools for real-time monitoring of customer engagement. Though their way of operationalizing engagement differs in marked ways from the game-centric way we usually...

A Dark Future for Gamification?

on Oct 10, 2012
Gamification can be a powerful tool, but also a locus of debate. Is it the perfect way to help us become better versions of ourselves, making beneficial but uninteresting tasks more engaging? Or is the gamification carrot not as healthy as we think,...

Behavior-Change Gaming – An interview with Michael...

on Aug 28, 2012
As part of MP’s coverage of last March’s GDC conference, I discussed a few interesting sessions on the growing application of games, game mechanics, and player psychology to behavior change projects and interventions.  One such session included...

Games, Learning and Society 8.0

on Jun 14, 2012
Games, Learning, and Society is one of the most exciting conferences around for anyone interested in the intersection of games, game development, and educational theory and practice. Ellen Jameson and I are on the scene at the University of...

Gee, what a future: A response to James Gee’s talk...

on Apr 16, 2012
A more detailed summary of James Gee's lecture can be found in the companion piece titled: Problems in education, as solved by James Paul Gee As a student, it’s incredibly distressing to hear James Gee speak about the future of the traditional...