Saturday, January 09, 2010

Play Attention

I find this fascinating and a little bit terrifying:
LONDON - A new software that will help reduce hyperactivity among kids is slated for release this month.

Karen Pine, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, examined the effects of EEG (electroencephalography) biofeedback, a learning strategy that detects brain waves, on children with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

They used a system called Play Attention, supplied by not-for-profit community interest company, Games for Life, three times a week for 12 weeks.

The system involves the child playing a fun educational computer game while wearing a helmet similar to a bicycle helmet. It picks up their brain activity in the form of EEG waves related to attention.

As long as the child concentrates, they control the games, but as soon as their attention wavers the game stops.

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