Elisa Mekler

Post Doctoral Fellow

Elisa Mekler is a post-doctoral fellow at the HCI Games Group. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Basel with special emphasis on Human-Computer Interaction. Her research focuses on the characteristics of enjoyable and meaningful user experiences with games, gamification, and interactive technology in general. She is particularly interested in why people sometimes value (mixed and negative) emotional experiences with technology, as well as the motivational mechanisms underlying gamification. Her publications have won best paper (top 1%) and best paper honourable mention awards (top 5%) at the premier human-computer interaction conferences CHI and CHI PLAY.



Year 2017

Testing Incremental Difficulty Design in Platformer Games

Rina R. Wehbe, Elisa D. Mekler, Mike Schäkermann, Edward Lank, and Lennart E. Nacke. 2017. Testing Incremental Difficulty Design in Platformer Games. In Proceeding of the 2017 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI 2017. Denver, CO, USA. ACM, 5109-5113. doi:10.1145/3025453.3025697

Year 2016

Heuristic Evaluation for Gameful Design

Gustavo F. Tondello, Dennis L. Kappen, Elisa D. Mekler, Marim Ganaba, and Lennart E. Nacke. 2016. Heuristic Evaluation for Gameful Design. In Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Extended Ebstracts - CHI PLAY EA '16. Austin, TX, USA. ACM. doi:10.1145/2968120.2987729