Projects and Team

Current Projects

  • This semester (Spring 2015), we are using an experimental design to explore the experience of playing an unfamiliar board game and are beginning data collection. We will be able to share more details once data collection is complete. This study was conceived and designed in the Fall 2014 semester.
  • During the Spring 2014 semester, we began designing two tabletop games – a competitive snowball fight game called Snow Mercy and an abstract cooperative game (the latter designed in collaboration with several Marist game design students) – which are both in the playtesting and development game.

Our Current Research Team

Doug Maynard

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See About Me to learn about my scholarship and teaching interests. I am interested in exploring how games – especially analog games such as board games and tabletop role-playing games – can foster learning, social interaction, and well-being, both in and outside of educational settings. I am particularly interested in the psychology of strategic and cooperative board game play. I enjoy a variety of tabletop games, especially strategy games (e.g., Agricola), cooperative games (e.g., Pandemic), and role-playing games (e.g., Dungeon World), . On the digital side, I appreciate adventure games with an engaging narrative (e.g., Grim Fandango, Dreamfall) and anything on the Wii that I can enjoy with my family.

Laura Kopczynski

Emily Smith

Past Research Team Members

Connor Pierce (Fall 2014)


Connor graduated SUNY New Paltz in December 2014 with a BA in psychology. He is currently pursuing further education within the emerging field of game studies.

Jesse Chakan (Fall 2014)

David Gueli (Fall 2014)

Hannah Lake (Fall 2014)

Caitlin Hoben (Spring 2014)


Caitlin graduated from SUNY New Paltz in May 2014 with a BA in industrial and organizational psychology. She is currently working in human resources for Target.

Lauren Handy (Spring 2014)


Lauren is a Master’s student in the Psychology program. Her thesis is an examination of frustration as a moderator between violent video game play and aggression.

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