Our lab has a new publication by Nina LaMastra, Jira Uttarapong, Reesha Gandhi, Chrissy Cook, and Dr. Wohn about the pace of games and discussions of mental health on live streams that was presented at CHIPLAY. Here is a short video describing the paper:
Very proud to have the lab represented at CSCW (ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing), one of the top conferences on social computing. The conference took place virtually 10/18-20 this year. We have two papers and a poster, featuring the excellent work of undergraduate researchers Jira Uttarapong and Ross Bonifacio, and PhD student Jie Cai will be participating as a student volunteer. Also, thank you to our wonderful collaborators at Clemson University!
Bonifacio, R., & Wohn, D. Y. (2020). Digital Patronage Platforms. In Companion Publication of the 2020 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 221-226 [pdf]
Undergrads Astha Sharma and Anisah Khandakar worked with Dr. Wohn and Dr. Kum-Biocca in Digital Design on research that explored the effectiveness of having a digital “window” installed in offices that had no windows. They installed a digital window that featured a nature landscape video in these offices and tracked people’s mood, happiness, and productivity. They found that having a digital window elevated mood and happiness, but did not raise or decrease work productivity. Their research was published and presented at the ACM Conference on Interactive Media.
The lab was well represented at CHIPLAY, an ACM conference for research on human computer interaction in the context of play and/or games.
Presentations included a full paper about digital patronage- understanding why people subscribe to Twitch streamers (here’s a blog post about the paper written by Pradnya Desai and Dr. Wohn), a full paper about understanding in-game purchasing patterns in Fortnite, and a poster about charity streaming.
This weekend four students in our lab participated in TwitchCon, the largest livestreaming convention in the world, where they distributed hundreds of surveys to Twitch users, talked to people in the industry, and learned more about streaming culture. This research is part of a larger study funded through the National Science Foundation’s REU (research experience for undergraduates) program. This project aims to understand how to build a positive internet and supportive online culture.