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Hornbeck, Ryan

Ryan Hornbeck

Ryan Hornbeck holds a DPhil (2012) and an MA (2007) in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis (2003). His dissertation was based on 15 months’ of fieldwork in Wuhan, China, and used CSR theories and methods to examine Chinese young adults’ pursuit of “spiritual” (精神) experiences in a video game, World of Warcraft. His upcoming book will examine the cognitive foundations of these in-game spiritual experiences and the offline, socio-cultural factors that motivate players to cultivate them. He is currently Research Faculty at the Thrive Center for Human Development, where he co-manages The Chinese Challenge grant with Dr. Justin Barrett.