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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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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, 2014 5:04 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, 2014 12:00 PM

Respect the difference in each culture.

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Game Could Improve ADHD Diagnoses and Treatment

Game Could Improve ADHD Diagnoses and Treatment | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

CogCubed was founded by a husband-and-wife team: game developer Kurt Roots and child psychiatrist Monika Heller. Their goal is to use sensor technology to produce objective data about symptoms that are often hard to pin down, such as inattentiveness and hyperactivity.

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If you have ever taken or seen ADHD testing, this should make a lot of sense.

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The Perfected Self: Behavioral Technology and the unlikely comeback of B.F. Skinner's Ideas

The Perfected Self: Behavioral Technology and the unlikely comeback of B.F. Skinner's Ideas | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Behavioral technology allows users to gradually and permanently alter all kinds of behavior, from reducing their energy use to controlling their spending. Now, with the help of our iPhones and a few Facebook friends, we can train ourselves to lead healthier, safer, eco-friendlier, more financially secure, and more productive lives.

 

Ironically, this high-tech behavioral revolution is rooted in the work of a mid-century psychologist once maligned as morally bankrupt, even fascist. But the rise of social media has reoriented our societal paranoias, and more and more people are incorporating his theories into their daily lives. As a result, psychology’s most misunderstood visionary may finally get his due.

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Videogames can encourage good behavior in youth

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New studies by Iowa State University psychology researchers have found further evidence that youth who play prosocial video games -- games in which characters help others in nonviolent ways — can increase helpful and decrease hurtful behavior.

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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, 2014 2:22 PM

Time for a deep sigh of relief, parents.

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Computer-assisted treatments help patients conquer their phobias

Computer-assisted treatments help patients conquer their phobias | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Dr. Jesse Wright, a psychiatrist with University of Louisville Physicians, has authored papers on the efficacy of computer-assisted therapy and offers the virtual reality therapy in his U of L office.

 

According to Wright, patients with a debilitating fear of flying need to confront that fear directly — not by relying on “avoidance behaviors” like pre-flight medication or alcohol.

 

“To really overcome it, you have to look the fear in the eye and say OK, this is nothing, really, that I need to be afraid of,” Wright said.

 

But therapists can’t go along with patients to help them get through it. That’s where the virtual reality therapy comes in. 

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i have a few phobias that i would love to overcome, my views on this new idea of therapy to get rid of it is a brilliant idea because it will help so many people. Cayleigh
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Mobile Tech + Coaching Can Improve Health

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...a new study shows that a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching holds promise in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity in adults.

 

Experts believe mobile technology to improve cardiovascular health can be a method to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

 

The ubiquity of mobile technology allows timely sharing of health information to providers and/or health coaches allowing appropriate support and feedback.

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Kouply: This mobile game might just save your marriage

Kouply: This mobile game might just save your marriage | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

This free app for iPhone, Windows Phone and the web turns your relationship into a game — letting you and your significant other award points to each other as positive reinforcement for those seriously sweet gestures.

 

Kouply is a moonlight project from two Seattle-area software engineers and a designer — three guys looking to make at least a tiny dent in the divorce rate by encouraging behavior that has a positive effect on relationships.

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