Friday, March 08, 2013

Video Games Created to Help Mental Disorders

Remember when your mom would tell you that you would rott your brain if you kept playing mario brothers, sonic the hedge hog, counter strike, ect ect (you get my point ). Well they have now started developing games to help patients with mental and even physical disorders. They might not be the action packed games like MMW3 or HALO, but the are "well-produced serious games that have been commercialized for improving psycho-education". Puts a new spin into the way we think about video games.

Here is an excerpt from the study, for the whole study follow the link below:

" PlayMancer: a video game for treating mental disorders

PlayMancer is an EU initiative to develop a video game prototype for treating specific mental disorders (namely EDs and impulse control disorders). It is being applied at the Department of Psychiatry (University Hospital of Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain) in mental disorders (mainly EDs and behavioural addictions) and introduces the player to an interactive scenario (named Islands), where the final goal is to increase emotional self-control skills in patients and self-control over their general impulsive behaviours. A multidisciplinary team of clinicians, engineers and programmers have developed this video game, by considering user requirements and emotional reactions as well as personality profiles of the targeted patients. " - Journal of Mental Health

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