We would encourage as many of our community to participate in this research project on the threats women and girls face when gaming online.

The research is being carried out by Stacy Griffin of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, who is looking for women gamers aged 20-40 to take part.

This 60-minute online study involves playing a popular first-person shooter game under standardised scenarios, capturing different gameplay dynamics. Researchers are studying how gaming environments and messaging might influence:

  • Cognitive performance
  • Emotional states
  • Motivation
  • Willingness to continue gaming

In addition to a pre/post psychological survey and brief demographics questionnaire, volunteers will monitor cardiovascular activity through wearable sensors, followed by a 30-minute interview discussion of your gaming background and reactions to study activities.

Your identity and data will remain completely confidential throughout all phases. Upon completion, you will also be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card.

This research aims to advance the understanding of improving equity and inclusion throughout the gaming industry for women gamers based on experiences and needs identified. Participants should have at least two years of regular gaming experience spanning mobile, computer, or console formats.

Where will the results appear or be published? The findings will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication upon completion of the study. Once approved, Women in Games will also publish the findings.

If you’d like to take part in this important piece of research, please email by February 8th.

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