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Academic review and research studies on the Psychology and Religious elements in dungeons and dragons.


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Adams, A. 2013. Needs Met Through Role-Playing Games: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of Dungeons & Dragons. Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. 12(1).

Blackmon, W.D. 1994. Dungeons and Dragons: The Use of a Fantasy Game in the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of a Young Adult. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 48(4), pp.624–632.

DeRenard, L.A. and Kline, L.M. 1990. Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons. Psychological Reports. 66(3_suppl), pp.1219–1222.

Laycock, J.P. 2015. Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. University of California Press.

Perlini-Pfister, F. 2012. Philosophers with Clubs: Negotiating Cosmology and Worldviews in Dungeons & Dragons In: P. Bornet and M. Burger, eds. Religions in Play: Games, Rituals, and Virtual Worlds. Zürich: Theologischer Verlag Zürich, pp.275–294.

Rameshkumar, R. and Bailey, P. 2020. Storytelling with Dialogue: A Critical Role Dungeons and Dragons Dataset In: Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics [Online]. Online: Association for Computational Linguistics, pp.5121–5134. [Accessed 31 January 2023]. Available from: https://aclanthology.org/2020.acl-main.459.

Simón, A. 1987. Emotional stability pertaining to the game of Dungeons & Dragons. Psychology in the Schools. 24(4), pp.329–332.

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Published on February 5, 2023