Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-2022

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Breeann Flesch

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

There are few video game experiences that encourage and reward positive behavior and thinking. With this project, I aim to create a video game that will encourage players to temporarily cease negative thought patterns and engage them in new and positive behavior- building mechanics. This will include personalized messages of self-affirmations, which have been proven to boost mood and improve thinking patterns within the brain. Taking research into account, Dawn will seek to provide a thoughtful and interactive interface reflective of healthy social behavior, becoming a unique experience seen rarely in the online gaming community. While interacting within a virtual environment, players are invited to create their own positive affirmations and have the option of sharing them with the world via an online interface. The goal of this project is to create a virtual space and video game where players may be able to escape negative thoughts and will be given a place where they can think positively, clear their mind, and simply relax.

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