Details and Biographies
Garrison Wells is a PhD student in informatics at the University of California-Irvine, working with Dr. Constance Steinkuehler in the Connected Learning Lab. Gary completed his B.A. in Psychology at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2016, and in 2017 earned his Msc. in Psychological Research from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. His main research focus is on the cognitive processes of esports players and how traditional sports psychology concepts might be utilized to improve their performance. He is also interested in shoutcasting and the ways in which it influences how audiences perceive esports matches. He is currently working on projects related to team flow and gendered profiles in shoutcasting. Gary’s favorite video game of all time is Super Smash Bros. Melee.