Jane Cocks

About Jane Cocks

Researcher of Psychology, Games and Stories at Engage Research Lab. PhD Candidate. Cyborg.

PhD Confirmation Milestone

Yesterday I presented my Confirmation presentation to a small audience of supportive friends, and colleagues, and a big scary evaluation panel of incredible academics who actually weren't scary at all. It was a massive day for me, and I'm absolutely thrilled that it was so successful. Here's how confirmation happens. A week ago I submitted a

PhD Confirmation Milestone 2017-11-30T09:27:13+00:00

Goodbye CheckPoint <3

It was with a heavy yet hopeful heart that I recently made the decision to part ways with CheckPoint. It has been an amazing year (CheckPoint has just turned 1!), and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it right from the very beginning. I'm so excited for

Goodbye CheckPoint <3 2017-11-29T14:45:10+00:00

A flash of fiction…

A couple of years ago I used to write regularly, a lot of it was fiction; some of it flash, most of it probably rubbish, but that didn't matter. It was a daily habit, and I really enjoyed it. These days, I do still write every day, but it's either my phd, or personal journalling... I'd

A flash of fiction… 2017-12-03T06:35:29+00:00

Game Design Book Club

Yesterday I discovered Liz England's book club - Game Design Book Club - where group members read one book per month on game design and related disciplines. Naturally, I joined instantly. You should too (if this subject area interests you of course :) ). If you would like to connect with Liz, you can visit

Game Design Book Club 2017-12-03T06:42:03+00:00

Multiple Non-Weird Tricks

Stressed? Disorganised? Wanting ONE WEIRD TRICK to help you fix everything? Sorry, can't help you there. What I can do is tell you a few things that make life a little easier for me to do stuff. And I'm no expert here, just wanting to share :) LISTS: It's not really enough to write a

Multiple Non-Weird Tricks 2017-12-03T06:47:55+00:00

More Than A PAX

One week ago today at midday, I was nervously preparing for my first of four panels at PAX. It was the Geek Parenting panel alongside four other inspiring humans that I really admire and respect - Dan Donahoo, Rae Johnston, Craig Peebles and Giselle Rosman. Here's a quick insight into my thought process five minutes before

More Than A PAX 2017-12-03T06:52:24+00:00

First we Play, then we Write

Yesterday, I launched PlayWrite. It is a place for everyone who loves to play games, make games, and think, talk, read and write about games. My idea, at least initially, emerged from my desire to write about games and play and how they can help us to learn and change for the better. A bit like what my

First we Play, then we Write 2017-12-03T06:59:40+00:00

About My Work

Hi, I’m Jane ~ thanks for visiting!

I am a Researcher of Psychology and Games, and I’m currently undertaking a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast conducting research on the intersection of Psychology and Game Design.

What are you working on? I would love to hear from you!

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