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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 »

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