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VIDEO GAME PLAY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT: A TRANSPERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

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									     VIDEO GAME PLAY AND CONSCIOUSNESS
     DEVELOPMENT: A TRANSPERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

     Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D.
     Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



     ABSTRACT: The development of consciousness to higher states is thought to be a natural process
     by some contemporary psychologists with a transpersonal orientation. Such ‘‘higher’’ states of
     consciousness can be enhanced with the right cultural amplifier. The most often examined
     amplifiers are the effects of prayer and meditation. But tools, from early attempts at record keeping
     with knots in ropes through today’s computer mediated communications, also affect cognition and
     thus ultimately consciousness. In this article the hallmark of electronically mediated interactive
     environments is examined in terms of its implications for the development of consciousness. That
     tool is video game play.



     The connection between various forms of electronically mediated communi-
     cation,
								
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