Keep Calm and Game On

Rachel Kowert, PhD

University of Münster


Hello and welcome to my little corner of the web. Here you can find information on my research, publications, and current projects. If you have any questions or are interested in exploring potential collaborations, please feel free to e-mail me.


Recent Posts

ICA 2014 Review

ICA 2014: “Communication and the Good Life” was a fantastic conference. Without question, the research presented this year was some of the best I have seen.

My ICA experience started with the games pre-conference “Behind the Pixels”. This day-long pre-conference focused on all things games and was packed with great talks on a range of topics, such as game-based learning and game addiction. The talk on video game addiction by Michelle Carras and colleagues from John Hopkins University stood out to me as particularly promising. They proposed taking a new perspective on video game addiction in terms of its similarities to substance, rather than behavioral, addictions. Fascinating…Continue reading »


Social Gaming, Lonely Life?

In recent years, there have been rising concerns about the potential negative social impact of online video games, particularly in relation to adolescent players. While there has been a wealth of research in this area, none has yet to provide information relating to the potential broad social changes that may occur due to extended online video game play through social displacement mechanisms. In this context, social…Continue reading »