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Games Research Lab

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

Welcome to the Games Research Lab

Through an understanding of play, the CMLTD Games Research Lab seeks to gain knowledge of human cognition, collaboration, media effects, modern culture, creativity, improvisation and other factors within games that have implications for education. Faculty and students involved with the Games Research Lab have broad-ranging interests, and the lab has resources allowing the study of video games, traditional board and card games, role-playing games, games for teaching and learning, "serious" games, media literacy, the psychology of games, and related topics.

In addition to research, the lab (informally known as the EGGPLANT Lab, for Educational Games Group: Play, Language, Avatars, Narrative, and Technology) serves as an internal resource on games. The lab focuses on helping faculty and students discover the richness of game-based play, with a particular emphasis on introducing non-gamers to games beyond the mainstream.

As a part of Teachers College, Columbia University, the Games Research Lab was founded in Fall 2004 and is housed in the Program of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design. At present, students from CMLTD and other Departments (such as the Department of Human Development) are active users of the lab.

The Games Research Lab is open to Teachers College, Columbia University students and practicing researchers in the field.

Contact Us

CMLTD Games Research Lab

Teachers College, Columbia University
Box: 8 * Location: 528 W 121st St. (Room 50)
525 W 120th Street, New York, New York 10027-6696

Director: Dr. Joey Lee * Phone: (212) 678-7429 * Fax: (212) 678-8227 * Email:

Lab Info

Open Hours

10am-12pm, 1pm-7pm


12 pm - 7 pm

10am - 2pm, 3pm-7pm

10am - 4pm



528 West 121st St., Room 50



Dr. Joey Lee

Graduate Assistant:


Sharleen Loh


Janani Harinarayanan

Ethan Bookstein

Kazuki Saito

Yifan Chen

Zhanlan Wei

Elliot Hu-Au

Wentao Wu

Izzy Carpenter-Zehe

Zoey Liu

Yuwei Mao

Mara Danoff


If you are a CMTLD student and interested in volunteering, please email

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