Many studies have shown that social media and other forms of digital content could worsen ADHD symptoms. But could this new type of video game actually help treat it?
Brainboost, a startup company based in Munich, has created a video game that is basically controlled by your brainwaves, according to BusinessInsider.com.
Here’s how it works: the subject (aka the video game player) attaches electrodes to his or her head, and controls a figure on-screen using neurofeedback - aka, brainwaves. So the player can literally SEE what his or her brain is doing on-screen, and react accordingly - which creates a continuous feedback loop.
So how does this work as treatment? Well, Philip Heiler, a doctor and the managing director of the company, explains that there are different types of brainwaves. Heiler changes the frequency of the game depending on the brain activity of the subject and rewards the “healthy” brain activity.
So, for example, if someone exhibits too much brain activity associated with depression, the video game will reward healthier brainwaves - and that continuous feedback loop will become healthy and combat the depression. And this all happens on a subconscious level.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a game that requires you to win a race. Healthier brain activity will allow you to win that race - which subconsciously promotes that way of thinking over old, unhealthy ways of thinking.
So how is it used for ADHD? Subjects with ADHD symptoms are basically “training their brains” back to healthier brainwaves and promoting appropriate brain activity, such as being able to concentrate.
For more information on ADHD, watch the MedCircle original series Navigating the Ambiguity of ADHD with Dr. Domenick Sportelli.
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