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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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Elizabeth Oneil's comment, September 20, 2013 10:41 AM
VVX cool
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robyns tut's comment, October 18, 2013 5:08 AM
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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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

A Touch of Magic | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"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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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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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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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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