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U.K. Using "Thought-Control" Game to Treat ADHD in Kids

Play AttentionOkay, so it's not really thought-controlled. Instead, the game in question, cleverly named Play Attention, uses EEG measurements taken from a snazzy looking helmet to determine whether the user is paying attention. When the kids' attention is diverted, the game freezes.

Play Attention was devised is being distributed in the UK by a British nonprofit called Games for Life (not to be confused with the Atlanta-based non profit Games for Life). Today, psychology researchers at the University of Hertfordshire announced results from a small study that found kids with ADHD who had played the game showed better impulse control than those who had not. Now Games for Life is looking at rolling out the program in various schools throughout the U.K. Here's hoping the game can hold kids' attention long-term. (Or at least that a cooler looking helmet is invented.)

[Image courtesy of University of Hertferdshire]

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  • john glennon

    The actual developer is in the US. It's Unique Logic and Technology (www.playattention.com). It's used in over 600 school districts in the US. When I was an elementary school principal, I purchased it for my district after seeing it at the Florida Ed Tech conference. We had great results -- my district ended up picking it up for all the schools. I then used it at home with my son, Alex. Alex and most all the kids at the schools got great results. I can verify that this works well. Great educational intervention.