A Parent's Guide to Video Games

Review: A Parent’s Guide to Video Games by Dr. Rachel Kowert

March 2, 2017 Crystal 0

I recently read Dr. Rachel Kowert‘s A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: The Essential Guide to Understanding How Video Games Impact Your Child’s Physical, Social, and Psychological Well-Being. This roughly 100-page guide is for parents who are interested in the research on video games. Specifically, the book discusses addiction, aggression and violent crime, cognitive development, physical and mental health, sexism and misogyny, social outcomes, and unintentional (positive) learning. Dr. Kowert also provides resources for additional reading and a FAQ section that addresses topics like stereotypes about gamers and content rating systems. A Parent’s Guide to Video Games is accessible, with pleasing illustrations by Read More…


SMARTER Goals as New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2016 Crystal 0

For the longest time, I was one of those people who rather snarkily said, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t wait around until the New Year if I want to make changes.” While anyone who knows me will tell you that’s still true, I have come to appreciate the purpose of using the New Year season as a time of reflection. That said, I find that many people I know make goals that are rather untenable. It’s time we created smarter goals for better results. I’m not the first person to ever use the SMART(ER) framework. In fact, most Read More…


#ScholarSunday, DePaul Edition!

December 4, 2016 Crystal 0

Welcome to #ScholarSunday, DePaul Edition! I wanted to quickly highlight some of the great researchers I’ve met while at DePaul who also actively tweet. If you’re a fellow Twitter-er, I highly recommend following these people and organizations. I’ve only included people who have tweeted in the last month and do not have private accounts. But first, a plug for my own lab, which has a Twitter account now! Online Technologies Lab Community and social psychology lab at @DePaulU. We study how people interact through and with technology. @CNSteltenpohl runs me! But without further ado, here’s #ScholarSunday, DePaul Edition! Crystal’s #ScholarSunday Read More…

Gerontological Society of America

Gerontological Society of America, here I come!

November 16, 2016 Crystal 0

Today I am heading to the 2016 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year’s theme is “New Lens on Aging: Changing Attitudes, Expanding Possibilities.” Gerontological Society of America President Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, PhD, wrote about the conference, “This theme reflects my scholarly interest on productive engagement in later life as well as my ongoing concern about ageism. Research has demonstrated that ageism is still alive and well in our attitudes, behaviors, programs, and policies; and it affects employment, health care practices, psychological well-being, family dynamics, and more. I hope you will think about how our work can contribute Read More…

Gaming Vision Network

Gaming Vision Network: Link’s Awakening

October 5, 2016 Crystal 0

Robert Hubbs of Gaming Vision Network invited me to be a guest on Game Jam, where we played Link’s Awakening, my favorite Legend of Zelda game. Link’s Awakening is one of the few games to take place outside of Hyrule, on Koholint Island. Link finds himself stranded after his ship crashes and meets the villagers on the island, who have been besieged by monsters more often as of late. He makes friends with the islanders, in particular a girl named Marin, who longs to visit the world outside of Koholint Island. I was really excited to talk to Robert about the game and Zelda franchise in general Read More…

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