E28 Student Spotlight: How to get a PhD in Game Studies (feat. Yiming Skylar Lei)

In this episode, host Robby Ratan speaks with Yiming Skylar Lei, a Ph.D. student in the Information and Media program at Michigan State University, and a very productive member of the SPARTIE Lab.


They discuss her childhood curiosity about gaming and how it led to her pursuit of a Ph.D. in game students. She shares some advice for potential students who want to follow her path, her interests in the prosocial benefits of cooperative video games, why she thinks Guild Wars 2 is one of the best collaborative games out there, and the psychology behind her cringey reaction to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.


Lei's bachelor's degree is in sociology and her master's degree is in emerging media studies.


Her research interests include the psychological processing and effects of simulated worlds in interactive technologies like video games and virtual reality and how factors inside and outside the simulation influence users.


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