Video Game Therapy Retunes Brain

Video Game Therapy Retunes Brain

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Doctors in 2002 pronounced Ethan Myers brain dead for life. Today he is at peer level in reading, walking and talking, and for much of the progress his parents credit a new frontier of video game therapy. (CNET News)

CyberLearning’s SMART BrainGames system targets symptoms arising from brain injuries, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. The system is built on NASA technology that used video games and neuro-feedback to train pilots to stay alert during long flights and calm during emergencies.
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Video games are serving other noble uses like allowing young leukemia patients to do battle with the invasion of cancer cells, helping ADHD kids learn to focus, and helping to combat obesity in West Virginia schools, where they use the lively Dance Dance Revolution, a step-to-the-beat game, as part of the curriculum.
The Feb 2006 issue of Scientific American Mind has more info on how neuro-feedback works.