Researchers Explore Video Games For Treating Cognitive Disorders

By Divya G

Treating cognitive impairment was next to impossible, and people wouldn’t heal even from the minutest of the cases.

Pam Stevens once experienced a stroke, and a neurologist reassured them that they couldn’t do anything to help. But her husband was too adamant about treating her and did not accept any of the prognosis. He tried video game therapy to restore her brain. 

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Fighting Cognitive Decline

Sarah Shizuko Morimoto works on cognitive disorders related to mental decline and geriatric depression. She revealed her interest in the intersection between cognition and mood. She headed over to figure out whether it was possible to enhance the brain circuits through human eyes.

Morimoto designed a gardening video game for amplifying the functionalities of neural circuitry. She believes that when an aging brain is exposed to a program, it responds better to antidepressant medications.

More of Exercising Than Playing

Neurogrow has been efficiently designed for treating cognitive impairment. However, it is not a blockbuster video game like Clash of Clans and Call of Duty. It consists of a rudimentary design with cutting-edge graphics, and elaborate storytelling, challenging the reaction time and memory.

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Private Company Gets in the Game

Video games other than Neurogrow are also effective for treating brain health. For treating ADHD in children, a video game named EndeavourRx has been designed. It contains graphics like a cross-over of Mario Kart and Subway Surfers.

Nevertheless, many called names to this noble cause, thereby demeaning it. Whereas some termed the game to be a “marketing ploy.”