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How Scientists Are Using Games to Unlock the Body’s Mysteries

How Scientists Are Using Games to Unlock the Body’s Mysteries | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

This playful approach to doing science is part of a larger trend, what has become known as the gamification of life. 

It’s this tinkering approach, this trial and error, that is the basis of play. Beginning when we could hold a rattle, we all learned to solve problems by playing with them. Only now we can all play and contribute to science, too.


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Disabled gamers find freedom in video games

Disabled gamers find freedom in video games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Video on msnbc.com: The AbleGamers foundation helps educate people on the many benefits gaming has for the disabled.

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Sean Tan's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:08 PM

Gamers are Gamers no matter who they are, how old they are and whats diffrent about them.

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Why Big Pharma should be scared of the gaming industry

Why Big Pharma should be scared of the gaming industry | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Yes, one day games could replace pills.


“If anybody needs to be scared of games, it’s definitely the pharmaceutical industry,” said McGonigal, who has done several TED Talks. “People are working on games that work better than morphine for pain relief, games that work better than medicine for depression, games that work better for weight loss than diet pills.

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The healing power of video games: Steven Gonzalez at TEDxSugarLand

"After battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Steven is living his life to the fullest. Beating the odds of less than 2% chance for survival, Steven will share how his experience has given him a passion to help kids heal through video games."

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Video games to spark interest in books

Video games to spark interest in books | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A joint initiative by the National Library Board and Singapore's Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) is using video games to spark gamers' interest in books.

 

The "Game2Read" event, held at the National Library Building over the weekend, aims to encourage reading among the gaming community.

 

Gamers can pick up e-books related to their favourite video games at MediaCorp's ilovebooks booth and look up bits of trivia.

 

"It's an event that basically encourages youth, mainly gamers, to develop more healthy digital habits," said Aaron Khoo, chairman of SCOGA. "In this case, it will be reading, so we call it part of our cyber-wellness initiative."

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NFL RB Adrian Peterson Rehabbing His Knee With Wii, Wii Fit

NFL RB Adrian Peterson Rehabbing His Knee With Wii, Wii Fit | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"He's basically playing a video game with his leg." — Eric Sugarman, Vikings Head Athletic Trainer

 

These days, Mr. Peterson's knee-deep (sorry) in rehab; a process that has him trying all sorts of stuff, including some unique video games, to get him up to speed and back on the field as soon as possible.


Enter the Wii and the Vikings special 'Rehab Arcade'.


"The Wii Fit is actually really good for rehab," offered Mr. Sugarman. "One of the things he (Peterson) has to get better at doing, because of the injury, is balance… the ability to fire all those little fine muscles in there. And the Wii Fit is a really fun to work on balance."

 

The video on Vikings.com (not embeddable) goes into a great deal more detail on how the Vikes and Mr. Peterson are utilizing some special tech in hopes of getting him back for the 2012 season. The "Rehab Arcade" games include a side-scroller, a vertical scroller and more, and have Peterson using the team's leg press machine as a control input.

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10 online games … with a social purpose

10 online games … with a social purpose | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

In her classic TEDTalk “Gaming can make a better world” Jane McGonigal pointed out that online games like World of Warcraft inspire people to think like heroes. But are there other games out there like SuperBetter, which are created for a specific social good? Here, many more examples.

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Here's How You'll Get Smarter By Playing Video Games

Here's How You'll Get Smarter By Playing Video Games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

It turns out that playing video games can actually make you smarter and help you to develop important skills that are necessary to succeed in a 21st century labor market.


Here's what the experts are saying.

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Video Game Therapy in India

Video Game Therapy in India | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Game therapy is still a complete new concept in India... However, it is not that gaming therapy hasn't set foot in the country. We came across the Jumpstart Therapy Centre in Mumbai (Prabhadevi and Navi Mumbai) which implements video game therapy to treat children suffering from developmental challenges like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Intellectual Challenges. The Centre guides parents and trains children who have these developmental challenges through modern gaming consoles, like Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2 and specially designed software for the iPad 2.

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Virtual Reality Game Eases Pain for Burn Patients

Virtual Reality Game Eases Pain for Burn Patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
For patients, sitting still while medical professionals clean wounds and change bandages can prove nothing less than challenging. A growing number of hospitals have a cool solution: treat the entire process more like a game.

 

For example, about a year ago, Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania began using a video game called SnowWorld to help burn patients manage their pain.

 

Brosious says that playing the game reduces pain levels and results in a diminished need for pain and anti-anxiety medication. In fact, a study appearing in the American Pain Society’s APS Bulletin found that virtual reality games reduce patient pain ratings during severe burn wound care by 30 to 50 percent. The game works for two reasons, Brosious says: It creates a “diversion” from watching the burn treatment while allowing patients to focus on a cool environment that feels soothing. SnowWorld is particularly effective for children, who often flinch and cry before treatment begins.

 

 

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Different Way to Treat Depression: Games

Different Way to Treat Depression: Games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Digital games prompt users to do simple tasks that research has shown to reduce depression and anxiety. And some are undergoing clinical trials.

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Video Games Can Enhance Certain Cognitive Skills

Video Games Can Enhance Certain Cognitive Skills | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Playing video games for an hour a day can improve performance on cognitive tasks that use similar mental processes, according to a new study.

 

While previous studies have reported that action games can improve cognitive skills, the researchers say their study is the first to compare several video games and show that different skills can be improved by playing different games.

 

The researchers explain that, much like muscles that can be trained with repetitive actions, repeated use of certain cognitive processes in video games can improve performance on other tasks as well.

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According to this study, researchers found that you can use specific games to improve specific skills, which can then be useful outside of the games.

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'Games keep me mentally active'

'Games keep me mentally active' | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Computer games are increasingly being seen as a way for older people to keep mentally active, as Bryony Mackenzie reports.
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Watch as Hilda plays and talks about how 40 years of playing video games (and playing with her 94-year-old aunt) have helped keep her mentally active.

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Nikita Rozum's curator insight, March 17, 2013 10:09 PM

This topic could be very interesting.

Giovanni Benavides's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:39 AM

Me too, at 50 most of my young patients are shocked to hear I can beat them at HALO, Master Chief. I call it research. Like my social media interest.

Sean Tan's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:11 PM

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Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia

Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Study found children did better on reading tests after playing an action game
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This article explains a study out of Italy that shows that video games may help kids with dyslexia improve their reading skills. 

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Health and Wellness Apps for Kids Promoting Healthier Living

Health and Wellness Apps for Kids Promoting Healthier Living | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Now, healthcare professionals and tech companies are attempting to promote healthier living among children and help those children who are sick cope with their illnesses.

 

When it comes to getting kids to eat healthier, there are several tools that can help. Food N’ Me is an interactive website that aims to promote healthy eating among children. Also within the category of helping children eat healthy is ZisBoomBah, which offers online educational games to help children and parents learn about food in a fun way. KidsDental aims to teach children about basic tooth care by using Pixar-like animated characters.

 

Technology is also encouraging children to get active. Work It Off is an Android app that teaches children how they can work off the calories they ingest. Trainer is a game developed by a group of students from The University of Southern California... The goal of the game is to give children the opportunity to discover and share health information. iOS app MotionMaze is a puzzle game powered by movement. 

 

Tech companies are also attempting to improve children’s health for those affected with illness. Jerry the Bear, aims to help children with Type 1 diabetes manage their illness using a teddy bear embedded with hardware, AI and accompanying software. The Pain Squad Mobile App collects data on the child’s pain so it could be more effectively managed.

 

Clearly, the way in which the world is approaching the topic of children’s health is a revolution in progress. Technology is encouraging children to eat right, be active and take ownership of their health. However, getting children to actually adopt, continuously use and enjoy these types of educational digital experiences may prove to be the biggest challenge.

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Northeastern professor talks video games at White House

Northeastern professor talks video games at White House | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
In a White House con­fer­ence last week, Magy Seif El-Nasr, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of game design and inter­ac­tive media at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, dis­cussed the impor­tance of cre­ating edu­ca­tional video games through inter­dis­ci­pli­nary collaboration.

 

The meeting, which included industry leaders, pol­i­cy­makers and about 20 aca­d­e­mics from insti­tu­tions nation­wide, was part of the Aca­d­emic Con­sor­tium on Games for Impact and orga­nized by the White House Office of Sci­ence and Tech­nology Policy. The experts exam­ined ways to leverage their indi­vidual areas of exper­tise, share resources and build net­works aimed at sparking inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tion among acad­emia and industry in the area of “games for impact” — video games that yield sig­nif­i­cant soci­etal ben­e­fits in areas such as as edu­ca­tion and health.

 

We’re trying to advance basic research in game design and advance the cur­rent appli­ca­tion of games in areas like edu­ca­tion, health and sus­tain­ability,” said Seif El-Nasr, whose research focuses on enhancing game designs by devel­oping tools and methods for eval­u­ating and adapting game experiences.

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How Video Games Can Solve The World's Biggest Problems

How Video Games Can Solve The World's Biggest Problems | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

The 21st century global community faces unprecedented challenges; human-induced climate change, dangerous food and water shortages, widespread poverty, and deadly diseases are realities in today's complex world.


But game developer Jane McGonigal, who we recently heard as a keynote speaker at the World Innovation Forum, thinks she knows the solution: posing these dilemmas to the world's enormous gaming community, and using their creativity and ideas to save the planet.

 

Here's why McGonigal thinks gamers are up to the challenge of saving the world...

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Games Can Improve Employee Health

Games Can Improve Employee Health | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
New research finds that employee wellness programs are using a new approach to educate employees about health and wellness.

 

“The most successful wellness programs incorporate video games that present themselves as in the service of the player,” Ferguson said. “These activities enable individuals to engage in things they have personally desired, but were unable to prioritize and accomplish before wellness games.

 

“The result is healthier, happier, and more productive employees — a win-win for employers and their people.”

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Can These Video Games Help You Make Better Life Choices?

Can These Video Games Help You Make Better Life Choices? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Interactive games that let players step into the shoes of another character to solve real-world problems.

 

Walk in the shoes of a soldier on the battlefield or learn how to avoid foreclosure in a precarious housing market — if you make a mistake, simply start the game over.

 

WILL Interactive has found a way to encourage game players to solve real-world problems using interactive role-playing games.

 

WILL has created more than 70 “serious games.” That term, the site explains, “means games that are designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment. Higher end serious games are designed to inherently engage their target audience through the use of interactive gaming attributes, which, in turn, ultimately educates them on how to solve a specific problem, task or objective.”

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Is Angry Birds Keeping Your Brain Healthy? [STUDY]

Is Angry Birds Keeping Your Brain Healthy? [STUDY] | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A new study from the Archives of Neurology says playing brain stimulating games can improve your memory and delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Traditional brain games are scientifically designed to boost cognitive activity and enhance memory.

 

But scientist are finding that many games requiring focus — including Angry Birds — give the brain a healthy workout. Scientists say playing games, reading and writing all slow the growth of amyloid, the brain protein scientists think might cause the memory loss disease.

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