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This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All

This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

 

Daniel Jacobs also wants to use placebos for good. His new app, which he’s crowd-funding on Indiegogo, is an attempt to take the placebo out of the doctor’s office and into your home. He hopes it will make people feel better, and contribute further to placebo research.

 

You start by setting a goal: say, more joy or love in your life. Then, you choose someone to give you the placebo (maybe a friend or family member), what you want it to be (a pill, say), and where you want to take it (maybe a forest where you go running with a friend). You then "take" the placebo whenever you want to, following a pre-set ritual built into the app.

 

The point is to replicate what’s important about the placebo effect, which isn’t the pill itself, but the experience. "If we think about placebo as a transformational symbol, then people get to choose what placebo they want," says Jacobs. "It can be a pill, magic wand, holy book, communion wafer, or herbs. It just needs to be meaningful for them."

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Nikki Howell's comment, July 17, 2013 8:11 AM
I believe that could really work. I like it.
William Hanna's curator insight, July 25, 2013 7:58 AM

I completely believe in a "mind over matter" approach.  After all your body is capable of producing every drug you could ever find in a drug store.  What's even better, your body can administer the exact dose for the exact time required.  I kid you not!  The trick is to truely believe without a shadow of any doubt.

robyns tut's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:01 AM

this app sounds very cool, however it makes me worry how much more we really want to depend on technology. When I first started reading the article i thought it looked amazing, but then I realised that I am on my phine so ofte anyway; always checkingfacebook and keeping in touch with friends, even when i have friends sitting right next to me. My phone destracts me from the here and the now, even though connection is great sometimes it blocks out life that is passing by so fast. Now there is something more we should depend on our Phones for, things that we should get from actual human interaction- Justine Pearce

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A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children

A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Is gaming healthy? It depends on how we collectively define ‘health.’ Dr. Przybylski’s study uses a widely accepted SDQ (strength and difficulty questionnaire) method of measuring “internalizing and externalizing problems,” “prosocial behavior,” and “life satisfaction.” He found that in some cases, gaming is beneficial. “Compared with non-players, children who typically invest less than one-third of their daily free time showed higher levels of prosocial behavior and life satisfaction and lower levels of conduct problems, hyperactivity, peer problems, and emotional symptoms.”

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"In other words, video games are comparable to other kinds of imaginative play. And play, most folks tend to agree, is of vital importance. Adults and children need more of it. However, the popular notion that somehow video games belong in a different category–such as ‘bad play’–is absurd."

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Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients

Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Virtual reality headsets could soon become a common sight in operating theatres after a groundbreaking experiment in Spain.

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How A Game Helps Disadvantaged Women and Children Around the World

How A Game Helps Disadvantaged Women and Children Around the World | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Half the Sky Movement is a transmedia initiative that was created to shed light on the struggles of mothers, young girls and their families in countries like Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan.

 

What makes this initiative so appealing and powerful is how it combines different forms of media to share stories, raise awareness, and find solutions to a host of serious gender-based injustices.

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Goggles help surgeons ‘see’ tumours

Goggles help surgeons ‘see’ tumours | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

The newly developed goggles allow surgeons to 'see' the cancer cells they need to remove.

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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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A Touch of Magic

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"I've talked to so many people over the years who have shared how Magic [The Gathering] has positively impacted their lives that I felt it was time to actually document some of this in an article."

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Geek Therapy: Connecting with clients through comics, video games and other ‘geeky’ pursuits

Geek Therapy: Connecting with clients through comics, video games and other ‘geeky’ pursuits | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

With geek therapy, “You’re dealing with people’s passions,” says Kuniak, .... “It helps us to create a common language, to facilitate conversation. It makes us more human to people. … The biggest benefit is that it makes us more accessible.”

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Xbox One Kinect used in therapies for kids with cerebral palsy

Xbox One Kinect used in therapies for kids with cerebral palsy | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Bloorview Research Institute in Canada are developing games using the Kinect that help children with cerebral palsy gain their motor function.

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A game that makes teens feel less alone, preventing suicides

A game that makes teens feel less alone, preventing suicides | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

High School Story is an exercise in empathy for players. As players interact with the seemingly stereotypical characters, they learn things about them that break down those stereotypes.

 

 Ever since the launch of the cyber bullying update to the game, many players have reached out to the studio with their own stories of suicide attempts, and how the game gave them hope and made them feel less alone.

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BWyts's curator insight, May 9, 5:00 AM

un jeu gratuit, qui se fonde sur la communauté (Forum, Facebook, mobile devices...). J'apprécie le principe et l'éthique!

digitalhabitat.asia's curator insight, May 11, 11:56 PM

One of the hardest parts of teaching is dealing with depressed students. Experts are claiming that this game helps prevent teen suicide. Would you recommend this to a lonely student? 

Michael Borell's curator insight, May 15, 3:43 AM

Highly agree our society needs to bring teen suicides down and if we can do it with games I am a full supporter of this new concept.

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How the Oculus Rift helped Roberta Firstenberg battle cancer

How the Oculus Rift helped Roberta Firstenberg battle cancer | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

The touching story of how a game artist used the Oculus Rift to help her grandma, Roberta Firstenberg, through cancer.

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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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Wounded soldier uses video game to ease pain

Video on msnbc.com: Imagine if doctors could prescribe video games for severe pain instead of painkilling narcotics.  Rock Center’s Natalie Morales meets a burn patient whose success story using virtual reality is described as nothing short of miraculous. After an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2008, Lt. Sam Brown says playing a virtual reality game has helped manage his pain better than taking morphine.

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Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter

Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Harry Potter's greatest feat might not have been defeating Voldemort, but teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice. At least that's the finding of a new paper in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, which claims reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples' perception of stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees.

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, August 1, 7:58 AM

This is interesting research.  I think it probably holds true for any literature that focuses the awareness on prejudice and discrimination, not just for Harry Potter.  I think more studies on this effect would be useful.

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Is It Therapy or Is It a Video Game?

Is It Therapy or Is It a Video Game? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Head-mounted displays, joysticks and surround sound systems may be coming soon to a therapist’s office near you.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 15, 7:00 AM

The near future, filled with digital paraphenalia!

Micah Russo's curator insight, July 15, 11:03 AM

Applications of games continue to spill over into other fields.

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Star Trek’s Tricorders Are Almost Here

Star Trek’s Tricorders Are Almost Here | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

As Star Trek nears its 50th anniversary, most of its imagined technologies remain light years away. But several startups and research projects claim they can approximate the functions of the tricorder, that handheld device used to instantly diagnose a disease or analyze the atmosphere of an alien world. Just how close are they?

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, July 5, 1:30 AM
SciFiction (and wizardtech in fantasy) still the best source of ideas for innovation ...!!!
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How Text Messaging Is Helping Victims Of Violence

How Text Messaging Is Helping Victims Of Violence | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Watch Over Me is an ingenious app that turns the smartphone into a emergency alert system. It's just the latest mobile tool that is helping people reach out for help when they need it.

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Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

“I wonder if Katie might be ready to pass along her Stormtrooper armor to another little girl who has been bullied and who needs a little love and a reminder that she shouldn't ever need to hide who she is.”

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder.

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Video Game Therapy for Children in Hospital

Video Game Therapy for Children in Hospital | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Insurance company and hospital in Colorado partner to offer a comforting break for kids facing surgery and long hospital stays with video games.

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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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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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