Saturday, April 9, 2011

Video Games Help Rehabilitate Stroke Patients

No jokes here, just a rare positive story about games.

"Study: Video games aid post-stroke motor skills." (CNET)
The meta analysis, published in the April issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that video games on systems such as the Wii and PlayStation help the brains of stroke victims recover by improving neuroplasticity--which is the brain's ability to create new nerve cell connections.
That's awesome! Sounds like it centers around motion-control games, which makes sense for rehabilitating motor skills. I'm guessing Kinect would fit into this pattern as well (to be fair to my corporate overlord)

Just don't let them play Bulletstorm, or things will get ugly. (Thanks again, Dr. Carole.)

Okay, there was one joke. But it was not at the expense of the patients.

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