This is the start of what will hopefully become a new series on the blog, where we keep track of the links that have been flying around on the HCT mailing list. It is after all easier to search a blog than an email inbox! So with no further ado, we present this week’s links:

First up, from Michelle: Special Issue of Simulation & Gaming journal, on engagement, simulation/gaming and learning

Could be relevant for a few of the lab members.

One from Lesley: Interactive Technologies and Games Conference 2012 – Call for papers

A small, friendly conference looking at the latest interactive technologies. Well worth a look (and quite possibly a submission).

Another from Lesley: Foundations of Digital Games 2013 – Second call for papers

“The goal of the conference is the advancement of the study of digital games, including new game technologies, capabilities, designs, applications, educational uses, and modes of play.” – again, could be relevant to a few lab members. (The fact that it’s in Crete is neither here nor there, obviously…)

Lesley actually sent a batch of links around mid-week, so this is her commentary on them:

What a great behaviour modification tool for kids…… I was thinking that something like this might be very motivating for kids with aspergers if you related it to their emotional behaviour / communication goals rather than to physical movement……

and interesting apps for quantified self / wellbeing too…

The Digital Doctor is in … your phone

Video game makers join forces with medical experts to design apps for improved well-being

economics of video games

david deutsch on AI



cosmo the hacker

public lecture on mutimodality and learning

UX Brighton Nov 2nd  Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual UX Brighton conference, to be held on 2nd November 2012. This year’s theme is Past &  Future Interactions – a mix of practical and theoretical, commercial and academic talks from a range of speakers including Alex Wright of the New York Times, Mike Kuniavsky of Adaptave Path and ThinkM and Sri Subramanian of Bristol Interactions and Graphics. ”

Katy sent along this link to a really interesting project from Brighton University:

It uses RFID tags on objects that have meaning for a person with dementia to trigger music that links to a person or memory. A really nice use of tangibles.

And finally, this is one Ellie didn’t actually send round to everyone, but seems an appropriate reminder that feedback/criticism can be painful (warning, contains swearing):