Putting Education Back In Educational Apps

Numerous apps are developed and available for children and many of them are marketed as “educational.” The question is…how do we know which of these thousands of apps will actually help children learn? A report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, integrates research from scientific [...]

Camp for Technology Detox

Welcome to Camp Grounded, an adults-only summer camp about two and half hours north of San Francisco. Approximately 300 people gathered there for three days of color wars, talent shows, flag-raisings and other regressive activities organized by Digital Detox, an Oakland-based group dedicated to helping technology-addicted people to “disconnect to reconnect.” So many of us [...]

Surgeon Writes About Video Game Addiction

A new book entitled “Hooked on Games” is a story of a physician with a research background in neuroscience, who battled his own addictions with video games and the consequences that had on his life. Dr. D. was an addicted gamer, who at his peak, invested over 20,000 hours of playing games over a period [...]

Computer can watch you play a game, then beat you at it

One of the easiest ways to learn a new game is to watch someone else play it – and interestingly enough, computers can do the same. A computer scientist has published a paper detailing how systems can successfully win at boardgames after watching two minute-long videos of humans playing. Łukasz Kaiser, who studies logic and [...]

Can Videogames Promote Healthier Aging?

A study published in the new journal Games For Health (G4H), explored the requirements for developing digital learning games for older individuals focusing on types of learning games, motivational and social aspects, and preferences on mode of interaction with the various games. The primary themes why older people would be interested in playing digital games [...]

A New Brain Health App for Alzheimer’s Disease

The Bupa Health Foundation and Alzheimer’s Australia have announced the UK launch of a world-first brain health app, the latest digital tool to help in the fight against dementia. Based on latest research that links brain health and a reduced risk of dementia, to a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, ’BrainyApp’ is the first dementia risk [...]

New Journal on the Applications of Digital Games to Human Health

A new journal will be launched in Fall 2011 entitled “Games for Health: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications. (G4H)” This new, peer-reviewed journal will be published bi-monthly and will be dedicated to the development, use, and applications of game technology for improving physical and mental health and well-being. This is the first journal to address [...]