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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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Maker of cognitive training game seeks FDA approval

Good brief arti­cle at New Sci­en­tist, Maker of cog­ni­tive train­ing game seeks FDA approval:

- “Imag­ine walk­ing away from a doctor’s office with a pre­scrip­tion to play a video game. Brain Plas­tic­ity, the devel­oper of a cog­ni­tive train­ing game, has begun talks with the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) to mar­ket the game as a ther­a­peu­tic drug.”

- “Brain Plas­tic­ity has been fine-tuning a game to help peo­ple with schiz­o­phre­nia improve the deficits in atten­tion and mem­ory that are often asso­ci­ated with the disorder.”


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