Dr. Jesse Fox, an assistant professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University, served as the Virginia Tech Gaming and Media Effects Research Laboratory's "Virtual Guest Scholar" on Wednesday, 29 February, leading off the lab's Spring 2012 Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series with a public presentation via videoconference titled "Virtual Selves: Agents (and Avatars) of Attitude and Behavior Change in Health and Other Realms."

Dr. Fox's presentation described her research on the use of photorealistic virtual selves as persuaders in virtual environments, including research involving the use of these virtual selves to promote healthy behaviors, including exercise, diet, and sunscreen use. Other topics discussed included applications of these virtual selves in other contexts, including advertising, politics, and sex role stereotyping.

Dr. Fox's research research focuses on the effects of new media, particularly virtual environments and social networking sites. Her primary realms of research are the use of virtual environments for health promotion; the effects of sexualized and stereotyped representations of women in virtual spaces; and the role of social networking sites in relational development and dissolution.

Other presentations in the G.A.M.E.R. Lab's Spring 2011 Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series will be held in 043 Shanks Hall on 11 April and 25 April. See http://gamerlab.org for more information about the series, or contact colloquium convener James D. Ivory ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with questions.