People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say.Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain region sensitive to speech and human voices.In time, the patients learnt to use the technique in their daily lives to reduce the power of hallucinations.But this is a small pilot study and the findings still need to be confirmed.The research team, from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the University of Roehampton, says the technique could be used to help schizophrenia patients who do not respond to medication.People with the condition are known to have a more active auditory cortex, which means they are more sensitive to sounds and voices.All 12 patients in the study experienced nasty and threatening verbal hallucinations every day - a common symptom of schizophrenia.To try to control their … [Read more...] about Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game
Benefits of video games
Active video gaming using interactive wireless technologies can help obese children shed weight, a New Zealand study found. The researchers hope the findings could lead to a children's exercise revolution, particularly in parts of the world where children have less access to the outdoors because of overcrowding or severe winters. The University of Auckland boasted its study was the world's most comprehensive investigation into the health benefits of sustained active video-gaming, which uses wireless technology to connect controllers, motion sensors, camera and screen, allowing software to respond to the players' movements. … [Read more...] about Active video gaming could help battle against child obesity: New Zealand study
Vietnamese authorities prepare to crack down on online gaming A young boy plays online games at an Internet shop on Tran Quang Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Vietnamese authorities are poised to issue a stringent clampdown on the online gaming industry, a move decried as unfeasible and unwise by critics. … [Read more...] about Game over!
The game is on. Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pulsating beat of samba, bossa nova and funk. Brazil's interim President Michel Temer declared open the first Games ever in South America. But in a display of the deep political divisions plaguing Brazil, he was jeered by some in the crowd at the famed Maracana soccer stadium. The opening ceremony was decidely simple and low-tech, a reflection of Brazil's tough economic times. In one of the world's most unequal societies, the spectacle celebrated the culture of the favelas, the slums that hang vertiginously above the renowned beaches of Rio and ring the Maracana. There was no glossing over history either: from the arrival of the Portuguese and their conquest of the indigenous populations to the use of African slave labor for 400 years. The clash of cultures, as the … [Read more...] about Olympics-Rio kicks off Games with ode to forests, favelas and funk
Colin is a 20-year-old computer science student living in London with two other students in the year 2020. He enjoys backpacking, sports, music, and gaming. He has a primary digital device (PDD) that keeps him connected 24 hours a day — at home, in transit, at school. He uses it to download and record music, video, and other content, and to keep in touch with his family, friends, and an ever-widening circle of acquaintances. His apartment is equipped with the latest wireless home technology, giving him superfast download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Illustration by Doucin Pierre Colin’s parents are divorced and live in different cities, and he has one sister, who lives abroad. He is close to his family, but his physical contact with them is minimal. Instead, he prefers to stay in touch virtually through his PDD, which allows him to communicate through multiple channels via voice, text, video, data — either … [Read more...] about The rise of Generation C