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Video game that improves mindfulness

27-Dec-2019

Key points from article :

Video game called "Tenacity" showed changes in areas of brains that underlie attention.

Tenacity requires players to count their breaths by tapping a touch screen to advance.

Players earn more points and advance in the game by counting sequences of five breaths accurately.

Game encourages players to focus on their breathing, therefore on the mindfulness.

Study included 95 middle school-aged youth, randomly assigned in 2 groups, playing Tenacity or other game.

Research found that the Tenacity group had changes in the two areas critical for attention in the brain.

Team is aiming to change the cognitive, emotional processes of people by the video game

Mentioned in this article:

Company
Center for Healthy Minds
- Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind
Academic
Elena Patsenko
- Elena Patsenko is a research scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds
Academia
University of California
- Public research university with 10 campuses and 5 medical centres
Academia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Public Research university.