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How Geek Culture is saving the world. Can geeky, nerdy, and techy things help heal the world? Absolutely. | For the Geek Therapy Podcast and more, visit http://www.geektherapy.com.
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Game On — Can Video Games Make Your Brain Level Up?

Game On — Can Video Games Make Your Brain Level Up? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Recent studies have shown that video games might actually be good for your brain, leading to increases in grey matter in regions involved in co-ordination, decision making and memory.

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Unreal Engine 4 Used in Therapy to Treat Dementia [VIDEO]

Unreal Engine 4 Used in Therapy to Treat Dementia [VIDEO] | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
"The objective of The Forest Project is to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by escaping from the monotony of their living spaces."
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Playing Tetris for three minutes can cut strength of cravings, study shows

Playing Tetris for three minutes can cut strength of cravings, study shows | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Visual stimulation provided by computer game can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, psychologists say

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The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment

The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A band of renegade therapists has been treating patients with something a bit unorthodox: superheroes. Just think of them as the Justice League of comic book treatment.
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Yale lab’s video games aim to reduce health risks

Yale lab’s video games aim to reduce health risks | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Women’s health is the next frontier for a team of medical researchers at Yale who believe video games can be powerful tools in the fight against HIV and other serious diseases.
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Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement

Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day... a couple of links relating to graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement.

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Melissa Jenkins Borchers's curator insight, February 15, 7:16 AM

Interesting approach to learning 

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Tech Could Treat Bad Eating Behaviors

Tech Could Treat Bad Eating Behaviors | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Scientists and engineers in Europe are embarking on a quest to see if they can change the way young people at risk for becoming obese eat. Key to this will be developing unobtrusive technology that monitors how quickly or slowly a person is eating and guides them toward a healthier pace.

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Google[x] Smart Contact Lens Project to Help Monitor Diabetes

Google[x] Smart Contact Lens Project to Help  Monitor Diabetes | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Google [x] is now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears to help monitor diabetes.

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mjonesED's curator insight, January 18, 2:06 PM

I am excited to see these new technology innovations!

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Future steps: exoskeleton lets paralyzed snowmobiler walk again

Future steps: exoskeleton lets paralyzed snowmobiler walk again | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Robotic exoskeletons are a staple of sci-fi, pointing to a future where technology can overcome serious injury and bestow superhuman powers on people. But that future is here today for Paul Thacker, who uses an exoskeleton about once a month to stand up and walk around — no small feat, considering he's paralyzed from the chest down.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, January 11, 7:58 AM

Interesting view on where rehabilitation science is taking us.

Scott Langston's curator insight, January 11, 5:49 PM

So does art mimic society or vice versa? From Star Trek's 'communicator' to Elysium's exo-sleleton, sci-fi seems to predict the way actual technology develops....

Ouida Sparkman's curator insight, January 16, 11:52 PM

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Video game maker partners with Pfizer for Alzheimer’s clinical trial

Video game maker partners with Pfizer for Alzheimer’s clinical trial | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs partnered with Pfizer to conduct a study of Akili’s iOS-based game, Project Evo, in the hopes of using the game to detect indications of Alzheimer’s in healthy individuals.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 11, 7:26 AM

Very interesting use case being developed here, see for yourself

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Game Play Has No Negative Impact on Kids, UK Study Finds

Game Play Has No Negative Impact on Kids, UK Study Finds | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A massive study of some 11,000 youngsters in Britain has found that playing video games, even as early as five years old, does not lead to later behavior problems.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, January 21, 11:22 AM

Time for a deep sigh of relief, parents.

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Social impact mobile games

Social impact mobile games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Three games for target audiences in India and Africa on non-smart, low-end, widely-available mobile handsets blending social impact content with compelling gameplay.

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10 ways playing video games will make you awesome

10 ways playing video games will make you awesome | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
DO you love playing video games, but always felt far too guilty doing so? Then forget what your mum has always told you because jumping on the console can actually improve your reactions, memory and social skills.
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ETU - Imperial College Busines School's curator insight, January 2, 1:59 AM

Very Interesting take on Video Games

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Oculus Rift helps dying woman experience the outside world virtually

Oculus Rift helps dying woman experience the outside world virtually | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Game artist Priscilla Firstenberg used an Oculus Rift dev kit to help her grandmother experience the outside world before passing away.

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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Most parents prefer that their children pick up a book rather than a game controller. But for kids with dyslexia, action video games may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, March 1, 8:30 AM

I have noticed that many of the Dyslexia students on our campus are more of strategic gamers than most other students. I think I will consider more console options in the classroom. Their attention to detail in some games are phenomenal. 

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Will the Female Superheroes Please Step Forward?

Will the Female Superheroes Please Step Forward? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"What would fictional worlds look like if the women were just as likely to get super powers as men? And what if there really are a lot more women in these fictional worlds but they aren't speaking up? What if they all stepped forward? "

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sachin dixit's comment, February 18, 9:44 PM
This is true man , i have never seen a famous female superhero in my life.
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Stroke Hero: Gamification Raises Stroke Knowledge in Young Children

Stroke Hero: Gamification Raises Stroke Knowledge in Young Children | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Researchers from Columbia University have now showed us that a video game can help increase stroke awareness in young children.

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Why I use Second Life as a therapy tool...

Why I use Second Life as a therapy tool... | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"There are days where I can’t move my arms or hands too much without risking serious problems. It stops me from painting, drawing, or using polymer clay. But I can still log into Second Life..."

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AranGlezMontero's curator insight, February 19, 10:19 AM

When the game can help yourself ...

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Study: Dance games help bladder control, urinary incontinence

Study: Dance games help bladder control, urinary incontinence | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Dance games can help you burn off calories, lose unwanted weight, tone your muscles and teach you some sweet moves to bust out at the next wedding you're invited to. According to a study published in Neurology and Urodynamics, they can also help women with urinary incontinence. Slap that on the next Just Dance game, Ubisoft.

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The healing power of video games

The healing power of video games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

How video games helped one teenager beat cancer and form his bridge back to normalcy.

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Jessica Marello's curator insight, January 21, 6:17 PM

Videogames are awesome, end of story.

Matija Sprogar's curator insight, March 7, 4:59 PM

Yeah, but just leap into the first multiplayer Mario platformer set in a 3D world! Play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad—each with their own special skills—in the all-new Sprixie Kingdom. At http://s.shr.lc/19obdCc

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VR Game Helps Those With Eye Disorders See In 3D For The First Time

VR Game Helps Those With Eye Disorders See In 3D For The First Time | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A new game offers hope for people who can only see in 2D.

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App Turns Smartphone Into Virtual Cane for the Blind

App Turns Smartphone Into Virtual Cane for the Blind | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A smartphone app inspired by Greek mythology has the potential to help the blind navigate indoors where GPS is unavailable.
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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 11, 7:16 AM

Awesome use case for helping the blind,  How cool is that?

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Female Superheroes: Not Just for Girls

Female Superheroes: Not Just for Girls | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Boys need to know that women can be strong, intelligent and influential.  They need to know that it's okay for women to be all of those things.  That it's okay for them to be stronger, smarter, and more powerful than men from time to time.  They need to be able to picture their mothers in these roles, their sisters in these roles, and their future wives and daughters in these roles.

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Linda Denty's curator insight, February 19, 3:11 PM

I agree, although  all female superheroes don't need a costume quite like this one to be powerful and intelligent.

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Cultural differences? Iowa State researchers examine media impact in multiple countries

Cultural differences? Iowa State researchers examine media impact in multiple countries | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture.

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ETU - Imperial College Busines School's curator insight, January 2, 2:04 AM

A cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture.

A cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. - See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/11/prosocialcrosscultural#sthash.jxZwzmbL.dpufA cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. - See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/11/prosocialcrosscultural#sthash.jxZwzmbL.dpufcross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. - See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/11/prosocialcrosscultural#sthash.jxZwzmbL.dpufA cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. - See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/11/prosocialcrosscultural#sthash.jxZwzmbL.dpufcross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. - See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/11/prosocialcrosscultural#sthash.jxZwzmbL.dpuf
W Brad Wheller's curator insight, January 3, 9:00 AM

Respect the difference in each culture.

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Geek Therapy Podcast Episode 31: Doctor Who is Powerful

Geek Therapy Podcast Episode 31: Doctor Who is Powerful | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Guest: Dr. Janina Scarlet, a fellow Geek Therapist. SPOILERS! The 11th Doctor just regenerated in this year's Christmas special and we recently had some of the biggest Doctor Who episodes ever. Josué and Janina discuss the events of recent episodes, share their favorite moments, and talk about some of the insights we can gain from the show. The word "powerful" gets thrown around a lot as they process recent events and discuss the potential of Doctor Who on our lives.

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