Dr Andrew Przybylski

 Dr Andrew Przybylski

Andrew Przybylski applies psychological models and motivational theory to study how people interact with virtual environments including video games and social media.

Email: andy.przybylski@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287230


Andrew Przybylski is an experimental psychologist based at the Oxford Internet Institute. Since 2005 his research has focused on applying motivational theory to understand the universal aspects of video games and social media that draw people in, the role of game structure and content on human aggression, and the factors that lead to successful versus unsuccessful self-regulation of gaming contexts and social media use.

Selected Publications

Przybylski, A. K. (2014) Electronic Gaming and Psychosocial Adjustment. Pediatrics, 134(3), 1-7. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-4021.

Przybylski, A.K. (2014) Who believes electronic games cause real-world aggression? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 17 (4) 228-234.

Przybylski, A.K., Deci, E.L., Rigby, C.S., and Ryan, R. M. (2014) Competence-impeding electronic games and players' aggressive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 106 (3) 441-457.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

Psychology, digital games, virtual environments

Research interests

psychology, human motivation, video games, virtual environments

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Fellow, September 2013 -





Courses taught at the OII

  • Digital Social Research

    This course will familiarize students with a variety of methods for capturing online data in a host of formats (.json, .xml, .graphml, .csv) and techniques for answering research questions based on data from the web.

  • Social Research Methods and the Internet II: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.