In case you missed it on the last issue of TH!NK magazine (issue 15), linked below is Ashley Davis's article outlining the first steps of an ongoing research projects at the Institute of Digital Games: Dr. Stefano Gualeni's preliminary experiments on the self transformational effects of the practice of game design!
TH!NK ARTICLE: MAKE GAMES, MAKE YOURSELF! (pdf)
"In the process of designing a game or an interactive simulation with transformational goals for its audience – the designers inevitably self-fashion themselves in ways and in directions that are analogous to those that they intended to elicit in the recipients of their work."
For the complete academic paper: Self-transformation through Game Design (2015 Philosophy of Computer Games Conference)