Matti Vuorre

Psychological scientist

I am a researcher at Tilburg University, where I study psychological functioning in the context of digital technologies and online/virtual environments. Much of my most recent research has focused on the roles that digital technologies—particularly video games—play in individuals’ well-being. In my work, I apply statistical methods to large-scale datasets and conduct controlled experiments. I also place great emphasis on the transparency and reproduciblity of all my work. For more details, you can take a look at my vita. You can also check out my Tilburg profile here.

In addition to my current research topics, I have written about meta-cognition and have a keen interest in methodology (e.g. here) and applied statistics (here) within the psychological sciences. I run a very sporadic blog about statistics, psychology, science and the wonderful R statistical programming environment, and another blog for rants that probably shouldn’t be online.

Selected writings

Here are some recent works that I was particularly happy to have contributed to. (Unlike children, you can have favorite papers.)

  • An intensive longitudinal dataset of in-game player behaviour and well-being in PowerWash Simulator” (web | pdf | code & data)
  • There Is No Evidence That Associations Between Adolescents’ Digital Technology Engagement and Mental Health Problems Have Increased.” (web | pdf | code)
  • Time spent playing video games is unlikely to impact well-being.” (web | pdf | code & data)
  • Ordinal Regression Models in Psychology: A Tutorial.” (web | pdf | code & data)

I believe scientific communication should be available to all, so all these papers are openly available. If you find a paper of mine that you’d be interested in reading, and which somehow isn’t available online, let me know and I’ll fix it ASAP. In the future, we’ll figure out a way to get rid of publishers entirely.


You can find all my publications on ORCID, Zotero, or Google Scholar. To make it easier for you to cite my work, here is a .bib file with references to all the works that I have contributed to 😉.


  • PhD (2018)
    Columbia University
  • MA (2015) & MSc (2017)
    Columbia University
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (2013)
    Victoria University of Wellington


  • Tilburg University (2023 - )
    Assistant Professor
  • University of Oxford (2020 - 2022)
    Postdoctoral researcher
  • Columbia University (2018 - 2020)
    Postdoctoral Scientist