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Video game addiction

Grant number: 14/19421-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal researcher:Joao Angelo Fantini
Grantee:Luiz Henrique Franco Mendonça
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The finding of this research will be proposed an analysis of the recent problem about video game addiction, beginning from the last decades of constructed knowledge about the video game effects in contemporary individual life, positive or negatively, specifically about the addictive behavior linked to this phenomena, many times associated with dependency as the mental disorders diagnosis manual describes of psychoactive substances. However, is seen the necessity of revisit this field with a more humanist view, not focused in the objectification of subject and his categorization as a diseased. Psychoanalytic concepts like subject, object-subject relation, pleasure, agency (subjection in immersive illusion) will be used, searching for a break on paradigms that are being constructed to think the relation of subject and the processes of identification involved on this mode of electronic entertainment. relation of subject and the processes of identification involved on this mode of electronic entertainment. (AU)

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