This could be your brain on video games: getting smarter, feeling stronger.
In an article that perhaps doesn’t surprise gamers, researchers say that games like Dance Dance Revolution can help fight obesity. And games like Packy & Marlon, designed to teach children and adolescents about a condition such as diabetes, can make users feel empowered to cope and even get better.
Plenty of senior centers have used the Wii games to provide activity for older people, but the boxing and bowling games have been found effective in neurorehabilitation of people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke, the researchers said in Wednesday’s issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.
The hope is that games made for recreation, and games designed for therapeutic uses, could promote such qualities as a fighting spirit, improved movement or reduced anxiety. In Packy & Marlon, for example, players learn to manage diabetes while playing toward the ultimate goal of saving a summer camp from destruction.