Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cziksentmihalyi’s Flow

The contemporary Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has studied in depth the idea of creativity, engagement, and fun. He created a theory he calls Flow. Flow is "...the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity."  Today I want you to play the 1985 game Super Mario Bros. Think about its mechanics and its objectives.  Does this game induce the mental state of Flow for you? Can you use it to feel the sensation described by Cziksentmihalyi’s Flow? What games give you that feeling? What activities outside of gaming get you to that mental state?  After you play the game (linked below), write a one paragraph blog post responding to these questions.

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