The Benefits of Gaming
Gaming Together camps are more than just fun!
Cooperative gaming teaches
- communication skills,
- coping skills,
- and more.
Gaming is great, creative fun—and has been shown to develop social skills, confidence, self-regulation, and resilience. Through gaming, participants connect to others through a shared interest.
We recommend these articles and blog posts for more information.
- Annalee Newitz, "Why the Cool Kids Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons,” The New York Times, 6 April 2019.
- Mayim Bialik, "D&D Therapy" [video], 11 January 2018.
- Neima Jahromi, “The Uncanny Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons,” The New Yorker, 24 October 2017.
- Kendall Ashley, "Dungeons & Dragons as Therapy," Geek & Sundry, 19 May 2016.
- Chris Berg, "Dungeons of the Mind: Tabletop RPGs as Social Therapy", Kill Screen, 25 October 2015.
- Elisabeth de Kleer, "Dragons in the Department of Corrections," Waypoint, 27 October 2016.
- Emily Begley, "A Women-Centric Dungeons & Dragons Group Fosters Friendships and Fun at the Downtown Library," CityBeat, 1 February 2017.
- Carol Pinchefsky, "Role-Playing Gamers Have More Empathy than Non-Gamers," Geek & Sundry, 13 January 2016.
- Charlie Brown, "The Truth About Mental Illness and D&D: How D&D Is Saving Me," Medium.com, 11 March 2016.
- Ben Riggs, "Science Suggests Geekiness Leads to Happiness," Geek & Sundry, 27 April 2016.
- Anissa Rivers, Ian Wickramasekera II, Ronald Pekala, and Jennifer Rivers, "Empathic Features and Absorption in Fantasy Role-Playing," American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 58 no. 3 (2015), doi: 10.1080/00029157.2015.1103696.
- Lusha Zhua, Kyle Mathewsonb, and Ming Hsu, "Dissociable Neural Representations of Reinforcement and Belief Prediction Errors Underlie Strategic Learning," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 109 no. 5 (2012): 1419–1424, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116783109.
- Josh Kramer, "An Illustrated Guide to Why Grown-Ups Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons Again," Washington Post, 1 June 2016.
- What Is Empathy?, Greater Good: Science of a Meaningful Life, U.C. Berkeley, n.d.
- Changing Our Minds, Greater Good: Science of a Meaningful Life, U.C. Berkeley, n.d.
The graphic below is a portion of a 2016 Washington Post article, "An Illustrated Guide to Why Grown-Ups Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons Again."
Photo used with permission from the artist, Josh Kramer. joshkramercomics.com.