Julie Demyanovich

Undergraduate Researcher at George Mason University

Julie Demyanovich is a third-year college student at George Mason University where she pursues a BFA in Computer Game Design and BS in Psychology. Currently, Julie is conducting a research study that combines her disciplines by evaluating the relationship between developing video games and psychological factors involved with the process. Her interest in team psychology stems from over 6 years of organizational leadership experience through volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. In 2018, she received the Civil Air Patrol National Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award, Cadet Category, for exceptional service in the advancement of aerospace education for youth during 2017.

Talk Description:

The Evolution of Teamwork—Studying Student Dev Team Motivation
(Speaking with Dr. Seth Hudson)

This talk explores the psychological perspective of aspiring game designers learning to collaborate in preparation for the games industry. Framed by the speakers’ ongoing research regarding face-to-face and digital communication in collaborative game development, the talk discusses preliminary findings on student-developers’ mental attitudes, communication, personality characteristics, and team leadership and engagement. In addition to outlining their respective studies, the speakers discuss which of the evaluated factors had the greatest correlation with the success of games, team effectiveness, and student success.

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