Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco have been developing a video game-like system for treating schizophrenia, a mental disorder. They’ve been working on a system that will hopefully utilize the brains neural flexibility to “rewire” the patient’s brain in a way that strengthens the pathways that control attention, problem-solving, and memory. These pathways are of particular concern for schizophrenic patients.
Alice Medalia, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia, explained, “What happens is neurons and the brain adjust their activity and organization in response to new situations or changes in the environment, and in this case, in response to working on these computer-based exercises.”
It appears video games can be good for you after all. However, it must be noted that patients who played video games not specifically designed for this treatment showed no signs of improvement.
By Josh Engen