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Akili Interactive Labs raises $30.5 million to develop FDA-approved brain training videogame for ADHD

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Videogame Maker Seeks to Treat ADHD (The Wall Street Journal):

“Doctors don’t usually prescribe videogame play. But one company, which has just raised $30.5 million from venture-capital investors, hopes to change that.

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs Inc. is developing a videogame it believes could replace pills as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Is it a videogame, or an FDA-approved medical treatment?

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Play This Video Game and Call Me in the Morning (KQED):

“The brain network that controls multitasking connects with networks that control memory and attention span. So by playing the game, some scientists believe you can improve cognitive skills, and by extension, relieve a range of symptoms associated with Read the rest of this entry »

New virtual reality platforms for brain health assessments and therapies: Oculus Rift, Morpheus

OculusVirtual Reality is Here. Can We Play With It? (The New York Times):

“…I can assure you that virtual reality works. Technology is no longer the limitation. The lingering question is what game designers, artists and filmmakers should do with it…Oculus VR sold Read the rest of this entry »

USA Hockey uses cognitive training to enhance pattern recognition, game-intelligence

USAHockey_IntelliGymAsteroids on Ice: Video Game Helps Young Players Develop Skills (New York Times):

  • “Could a desktop computer game be what makes the young Americans so good?… “Work the brain; the science is there,” said Danton Cole, in his fourth season as the coach of USA Hockey’s U-18 team…For the past five seasons, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Well-targeted brain training videogame can lead to real-life benefits

Brain_Training_videogameA Multitasking Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger (The New York Times):

“Brain scientists have discovered that swerving around cars while simultaneously picking out road signs in a video game can improve the short-term memory and long-term focus Read the rest of this entry »

Can biofeedback-based videogames help kids regulate anger and emotions?

Video Game With Biofeedback Teaches Children to Curb Their Anger (Science Daily):

“Children with serious anger problems can be helped by a simple video game that hones their ability to regulate their emotions, finds a pilot study at Boston Children’s Hospital. Results were published online October 24 in the journal Adolescent Psychiatry Read the rest of this entry »

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