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TIM BURTON & NICK CAGE’s SUPERMAN LIVES Screenwriter Reveals 'Our Superman Was in Therapy'

TIM BURTON & NICK CAGE’s SUPERMAN LIVES Screenwriter Reveals 'Our Superman Was in Therapy' | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

I was very much taken by Tim's approach, which was that Kal-El was not told by Jor-El, before he got put in the little spaceship, who he was or where he came from,” Gilroy tells Indiewire. “So poor little Kal-El, when he winds up on earth, he has no freaking idea where he came from. His biggest fear is that he's an alien. Our Superman was in therapy at the beginning of the film. He's in a relationship with Lois Lane and he can't commit. Or he was maybe in couple's therapy. But he can't commit because he doesn't know who he is or what is going on with him. He's hoping that he has some physiological condition that gives him these powers but that he's still human.”

 

Gilroy states that in his script draft, Clark Kent doesn’t realize he’s an alien until Lex Luthor finds remnants of the spacecraft that took him to  Earth.

 

“It was all about the psychological trauma of it,” added Gilroy. “I loved it.”

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Traceyknits's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:16 AM
I so wish that would have been made
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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, 2014 1:19 PM

When the game can help yourself ...

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Video Games an Effective Tool for Stroke Rehabilitation

Video Games an Effective Tool for Stroke Rehabilitation | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

In a recent study, done in collaboration with a team from Sheba Medical Center and funded by the Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, [Dr. Debbie Rand] found that people recovering from stroke who use video games as a therapeutic method are more physically active during rehabilitation sessions, making more movements overall than those who experience traditional motor therapy.

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Mustafa Jamal's comment, August 12, 2013 3:59 AM
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SherriSavory's comment, August 16, 2013 12:58 AM
also the Kinect that comes with Xbox can play a really important role in generating physikinetic feedback
world of tanks maps's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:22 PM

great articles

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Video games can be good for stroke patients

Video games can be good for stroke patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Stroke patients once considered too disabled to regain function in their affected limbs are now showing signs of recovery because of a new therapy that utilizes the Nintendo Wii.

 

Dr. McNulty’s data shows that an intensive, two-week training program based on the Wii can result in significant improvements in the way stroke patients are able to use their limbs, even for people that had a stroke many years ago. “It was previously thought that the movement and function stroke patients had at the time they left hospital was the only recovery they would make,” says Dr. McNulty. “But we have worked with people who have had strokes one month to 21 years ago, and excitingly, they all improve,” she added.

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Lego Fans Helping Kids with Autism

Lego Fans Helping Kids with Autism | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Lego fans have formed an international advocacy organization to champion an innovative group-based social development program.

 

Called ASD Aid, the organization has grown into the global focus point for Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs) who are dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in our communities and improving access to services. Many fans have witnessed firsthand the power of Lego play to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders communicate and grow.
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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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Virtual Therapists: The army's new weapon in the war against depression

Virtual Therapists: The army's new weapon in the war against depression | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
The mental health of our fighting men and women is a top concern, but the army's newest tool to help diagnose conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression is quite curious indeed. Meet SIM Sensei, the virtual therapist for soldiers.

 

How does the new therapy system work? A soldier in need of assistance can walk into a clinic without an appointment, enter a private computer booth, and sign on to the SIM Sensei system. That soldier can then talk to a 3D rendering of a human being for guidance.

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A Speech Therapy App For Learning How To Express Colors

RWH Technology has released an update for SpeakColorsHD, a speech therapy app designed to help children with special needs, such as autism or Down syndrome, learn how to speak simple sentences using colors and photos of objects.
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Psychologist Uses Superhero Comics to Treat His Patients

Psychologist Uses Superhero Comics to Treat His Patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Dr. O'Connor practices at Southeast Psych in Charlotte, NC, where he's developed an unusual way to address his patients' needs. O'Connor sometimes asks patients to read and discuss comic books to help patients verbalize and process their own decisions and emotions.

 

... O'Connor says that while he uses his comic therapy primarily with adolescents, it's also helped people in their 30s and 40s deal with everything from social anxiety to mood disorders. And, while his patients want to read more Marvel comics, he finds DC works best for therapy...

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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, 2014 10:00 AM

The near future, filled with digital paraphenalia!

Micah Russo's curator insight, July 15, 2014 2:03 PM

Applications of games continue to spill over into other fields.

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Exercise bike, Mario Kart combine to keep children motivated during therapy sessions

Exercise bike, Mario Kart combine to keep children motivated during therapy sessions | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Many children going through therapy at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital aren't going to want to leave, thanks to a new high-tech bike.

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Wii: A Game Changer for Maine Hospitals

Wii: A Game Changer for Maine Hospitals | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A number of hospitals around Maine are using Nintendo Wii in their physical and occupational therapy programs.

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This articles has a few stories of different hospitals in the area using Wiis and the patients who benefited from them.

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Kirsten Milliken's comment, August 6, 2013 5:39 AM
WHo knew? In my own backyard!
Laura Wiesner's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:12 PM

This article is talking about how the nintendo wii is able to help childred with physical therapy. Certain games can help with certai issues, just like the fishing game that was mentioned in the article. My question is that did nintendo wii do this on purpose knowing that this would be beneficial, or was it discovered. Now that wiki has been informed about this, will they specialize in games that will aid in physical therapy? Now will other gaming devices try to invent games to help with this issue? 

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Stroke recovery made fun with computer games

Stroke recovery made fun with computer games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
From the UK, Limbs Alive is a new therapy service for hemiplegia patients that uses games to improve motor skills in a fun way.

 

Limbs Alive works with games developer Pitbull Studio to create titles which focus on spatial orientation, hand-eye coordination, visual attention, depth perception and quick reaction times. Each game uses motion sensor controllers and has a large number of difficulty levels to cater for the wide range of abilities of those recovering from hemiplegia, one of the common results of a stroke. The company’s main product is the Circus Challenge series, which requires players to act out various movements to control the characters and successfully complete particular activities, whether juggling, plate spinning or tiger training. The nature of the games means that patients are encouraged to play regularly, which translates into improved motor performance in everyday routines.

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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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Canadian military to test PTSD video therapy

Canadian military to test PTSD video therapy | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
CBC News has learned that the Canadian military has decided to use "virtual reality therapy" in a pilot project to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

The new therapy method puts soldiers in a computer-animated situation that recreates the specific incident that left the soldiers traumatized. A therapist then helps the soldiers to work through their memories.

 

It is estimated that 17 per cent of Canadian soldiers who did dangerous patrols outside of their base in Afghanistan, and who are now home, are reporting symptoms of PTSD.

 

Dr. Rakesh Jetley says virtual reality therapy is a new and promising tool in the treatment of PTSD. 


The Canadian Forces says the therapy seems to appeal to a younger generation of soldiers comfortable with video games.

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What are therapy apps?

What are therapy apps? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A group of scientists are now planning to develop an app for smartphones that allows users instant access to psychological therapy on the go. They have been testing simple programs that follow the video game format to see if the process would really work in relieving people of common anxiety and depression. Since the results were encouraging, they now want to develop those same programs into sophisticated apps for Android users.

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Blogging as Therapy for Teenagers - Studied

Blogging as Therapy for Teenagers - Studied | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Research has long backed the therapeutic value of diary-keeping for teenage girls and boys. But according to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater. Blogging, it seems, can be good for you.

 

The study, published in the journal Psychological Services and conducted by Meyran Boniel-Nissim and Azy Barak, psychology professors at the University of Haifa, Israel, found the engagement with an online community allowed by the blog format made it more effective in relieving the writer’s social distress than a private diary would be.

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Video Games Called Therapeutic

Video Games Called Therapeutic | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A study finds video games may help young people with learning difficulties master everyday tasks. Anita Smith of Loughborough College, from which the students who participated in the trial were picked, added: "Our students often have difficulties in focusing their attention and this project has enabled them improve their motivation and concentration on learning." ... "The initial results from this small sample suggest that interactive games teach the students movements which they can improve upon and mimic in everyday life. Although they were playing tennis and bowling in the trial, games which teach them how to do things like bake a cake or change a tire could potentially be very beneficial."
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