Why are psychologists playing games?

Gill Hill explains why investigating creative problem solving is sometimes – quite literally – child’s play.


People might be surprised to hear that the games they played as children can help scientists to explain how people think. For example, researchers have recently used rock, paper scissors as a model for decision making. Furthermore, chess is seen as a pursuit for ‘thinkers’ around the world, and we have consequently seen lots of research exploring psychological processes whilst people play.

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What makes you tick? Your Time Personality!

Dr. Philip Fine (University of Buckingham) invites participants to complete a short on-line survey looking at ‘Time Personality’. Can you help?


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What makes you tick?

Are you always on time? Or usually running late? Do you know how long you’ve been sitting through your favourite TV show? What about how much time it will take you to do that task you’ve been putting off?

Dr. David Ellis (University of Lancaster) and I are collaborating in a research programme aiming to explore these type of questions. We’re currently surveying people to find out what makes them ‘tick’.

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