Benjamin Hickerson

Dr. Benjamin Hickerson is an Associate Professor of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. His research program is on the design of leisure and recreation experiences that can be modified to encourage physical activity participation and the development of social capital. He has studied both physical (i.e., parks and summer camps) and digital (i.e., videogames) environments. His research has been published in outlets including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Journal of Youth Development, Society & Leisure, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and World Leisure Journal. Dr. Hickerson currently serves as a board member for the Academy of Leisure Sciences, National Recreation and Park Association Education Network,and Leisure Sciences. He has received teaching excellence awards at Illinois State University, North Carolina State University, and Pennsylvania State University.

There are 15 included publications by Benjamin Hickerson :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Behavioral and psychological involvement of online video gamers: Building blocks or building walls to socialization? 2013 618 Video gaming has often been associated with negative outcomes such as aggression and social isolation, particularly for those who spend significant amounts of time playing. However, advances in video game technology have enabled online, multi-player ...
Children’s Summer Camp-Based Physical Activity 2010 263 Childhood physical inactivity and obesity is a major concern because the current generation of children is one of the most inactive and unhealthy in history (Ogden, et al., 2006). A national study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prev...
Constructing a Trade Show Exhibitor Satisfaction Scale from a Stakeholder Perspective 2016 158 The purpose of this study was to construct and validate an Exhibitor Satisfaction Scale that accounts for the significant roles of three key stakeholders (i.e., trade show visitors, exhibitors, and organizers) in a trade show context through a pilot ...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Corporate Sponsorships at a Minor League Baseball Park 2013 621 Corporate sponsorships are vital to the success of minor league sport businesses. As competition for sponsorships intensifies in these venues, there is a need for minor league sports to demonstrate a return on the sponsorship investment based on fan ...
Leisure as a cross-cultural concept 2013 1002 Leisure is a complex topic that, at times, appears to defy logical explanation. Research that examines and compares leisure cross-culturally can provide important information to aid our understanding of the phenomenon. With an increasing need for suc...
Measuring physical activity in youth settings: Considerations for instrument selection 2011 252 Increasing physical activity participation has become one of the primary strategies for prevention of early-onset health conditions including obesity and Type II diabetes. Youth programs including summer camps and after-school programs are premium pr...
Opportunities for youth physical activity promotion: An examination of youth summer camps 2014 409 Background:Youth summer camp programs have the potential to provide opportunities for physical activity, but little to no research has been conducted to determine activity levels of campers. This study aimed to examine physical activity occurring in ...
Parental Intention to Support Video Game Play by Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior 2015 646 Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine parental attitudes regarding engagement with video games by their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and whether attitudes vary based on ASD symptom severity.Method Online survey methodolog...
Physical activity and health in camps 2013 244 Camp experiences enrich children’s lives. Camp is a significant context for youth development. Many people who have gone to camp or served as camp staff know these statements are true. Although many positive anecdotes exist, efforts to systematically...
Physical Activity Mode and Mental Distress in Adulthood 2017 84 Introduction:Nearly one fifth of American adults suffer from mental health issues, yet many treatments have side effects and stigma attached. Physical activity can be an effective treatment for mental health disorders, but most promotion efforts fail...
The Role of Functional and Wellness Values in Visitors' Evaluation of Spa Experiences 2014 1036 By responding to the current emphasis on health and wellness in modern society, the spa industry has experienced a rapid growth in the last two decades. To understand the determinants of revisitation and long-term attitudinal loyalty, this study inve...
Service Delivery Experiences and Intervention Needs of Military Families with Children with ASD 2016 389 The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of military families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specifically as it relates to relocation. Online survey methodology was used to gather information from military spouses ...
Social Referencing Gaze Behavior During a Videogame Task: Eye Tracking Evidence from Children With and Without ASD 2017 117 The purpose of this study was to understand the social referencing behaviors of children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while visually attending to a videogame stimulus depicting both the face of the videogame player and the videogam...
Understanding the Sources of Online Travel Information 2018 340 Given that online travel media enable multilateral communication patterns in destination marketing, this study investigates technical attributes presenting the number and type of source-related visual cues. From a technological perspective, the sourc...
"A unifying force in the community”: Perceptions of a neighborhood park renovation 2017 7 Although the benefits of community parks are well established, evidence supporting the impact of park capital renovations is valuable for organizations seeking funding for such projects. This study assessed stakeholders’ perceived impacts as a result...