We investigate the relationship between a student's affect and how he or she chooses to use a simulation problem-solving environment, using quantitative field observations. Within the environment studied, many students were observed gaming the system (cf. Baker et al, 2004), while few students engaged in off-task behavior. We analyze which affective states co-occur with gaming the system, and which affective states precede gaming behavior. Boredom and confusion appear both to precede gaming behavior and to co-occur with gaming behavior; delight and flow are negatively associated with gaming behavior.
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