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    A Derived Relations Analysis of Computer Gaming Complexity

    Linehan, Conor and Roche, Bryan and Stewart, Ian (2010) A Derived Relations Analysis of Computer Gaming Complexity. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 11 (1). pp. 69-77. ISSN 1502-1149

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    Computer game designers have frequently identified game complexity or “challenge” as a key variable in determining the level of enjoyment users derive from computer games. However, no technical and psychological definition of complexity exists in the gaming literature. The current paper reports on an experiment designed to test a derived relations approach to defining game complexity. Twenty three participants were recruited and exposed to a stimulus equivalence training procedure, designed to train two five-member equivalence relations. Subsequently, participants were presented with a simulated computer game in which they were required to demonstrate responding in accordance with both one-node and three-node derived stimulus equivalence relations under severe time constraints in order to gain a high score. Participants demonstrated consistently correct responding in accordance with derived relational responding. In addition, significantly more correct responses were produced at the relationally less complex (i.e., one-node) level. It is suggested that a derived relations analysis of game complexity may serve as a viable framework within which to investigate the complex processes involved in game playing.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Conor Linehan, Bryan Roche & Ian Stewart (2010) A Derived Relations Analysis of Computer Gaming Complexity, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 11:1, 69-77, DOI: 10.1080/15021149.2010.11434335
    Keywords: Derived relational responding; computer game; complexity; challenge; enjoyment;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10641
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    Depositing User: Dr. Bryan Roche
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 15:33
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Behavior Analysis
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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