Video game therapy?

March 25, 2006

Therapies incorporating neurofeedback and video game technology may be a new frontier for medicine.

There’s [an interesting story at News.com](http://news.com.com/Video+game+therapy-a+new+frontier/2100-1043_3-6051269.html?tag=nl) that talks about this.

>Neurofeedback is a form of conditioning that rewards people for producing specific brain waves, such as those that appear when a person is relaxed or paying attention.

While this treatment is not new, [incorporating video games](http://news.com.com/Attention+deficit+disorder+Try+video+games/2100-1043_3-5940181.html?tag=nl) is a innovation that builds on young people’s fascination with animation and electronics.

“Ben’s Game” lets patients fight invading cancer cells. A private island called Brigadoon in [Linden Lab’s “Second Life” virtual world](http://news.com.com/Attention+deficit+disorder+Try+video+games/2100-1043_3-5940181.html?tag=nl) helps people with Asperger’s syndrome and autism.

CyberLearning’s Smart BrainGames system targets symptoms arising from brain injuries, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. It’s compatible with Sony’s PlayStation 1 and 2 as wells as Microsoft’s Xbox.

Parents take note.. the dweebs shall inherit the earth :-)

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