Videogames may be able to rebuild brains of cerebral palsy patients.
by Jane Pinckard (http://www.1up.com/do/my1Up?publicUserId=5629882), 02/28/2006 18 of 19 users recommend this story.
The North Jersey Media Group reports (http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MTAmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY4ODg4NjYmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkz) on the start of a five-year study by the New Jersey Institute of Technology to explore the application of videogames and haptic (force feedback) technology as therapy for patients with cerebral palsy. Funded by a grant of $4.75 million, the studies will begin next year at Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.One-on-one therapy has shown to be effective in treating cerebral palsy, in effect re-training the brain by providing the right stimulus. But such physical therapy is expensive, and often only partially covered by health insurance plans. Scientists and medical professionals are hopeful that the stimuli provided by force-feedback in videogame (http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3148358#) technology may achieve similar, or better, results, in part because patients may find them more engaging.
Virtual simulations based on videogames have also been used to treat victims of psychological trauma.