Pascaline Lorentz, PhD
Bio: Pascaline holds a PhD in Sociology thanks to a study of the teenage audience of the very popular video game The Sims (Maxis, 2000-2014). Granted with an ENDEAVOUR Research Fellowship in 2011 she undertook a study documenting the social environment of an intense practice of virtual world attachments in Australia. In 2013, she worked on Digital Australia 14 and Digital New Zealand 14 with Professor Jeffrey Brand at Bond University, Australia. In 2015, she joined the Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, to work on online video gaming. Along with Christopher Ferguson and Gareth Schott, she was the guest editor of the special issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace on "The Benefits and Experiences of Game Playing", as well as the leading editor of Lorentz, P. & Metykova, M., Smahel, D., Wright, M. (Eds.) (2015), Living in the Digital Age: Self-Presentation, Networking, Playing,and Participation in Politics. Brno: Masaryk University Press. She is currently dedicating her energy and passion to writing her first memoir, The Nerdy Rolling Stone, depicting her adventures abroad. Her research areas touch on what makes life a joyful and enjoyable experience.