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Gaming can improve physical and mental therapy

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Engineers at Penn State are researching if gaming can provide both physical and mental benefits. The study uses machine learning to examine groups of people then models a specific therapy program for each individual. Using sensors and to monitor the people’s movements allowed the researchers to focus the attention of the people on gaming features such as scoring achievements. Throughout the virtual reality tests, engagement was higher due to the features and helped people thru the therapy sessions.  Playing card games as well as putting puzzles together is a great way to alleviate stress.

Key Takeaways:

  • Using games where people can choose an avatar and have a scoring system lead to better scores.
  • Complex or overly difficult games lead to lower success rates.
  • The psychological aspect of games could be used to make the workplace more efficient and exciting.

“Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental- and physical-therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to Penn State engineers.”

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