Video Games Could Help To Calm Schizophrenia Patients

A pilot study of King's College London seeks to help patients.

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The analysis of video games by scientific disciplines related to medicine and psychology have opened 2 aspects, one that shows the supposed harmful effects of the activity to the degree of considering mental disorders and another that makes use of games to accompany medical treatments. In this last area, a new study seeks to find a positive relationship between the use of video games and the treatment of schizophrenia.

According to a study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London and the University of Roehampton, video games can be integrated into the treatment of patients with schizophrenia.

The pilot study was carried out in the academic campuses with a group of 12 patients, who had to try a simple video game where the objective was to land a space rocket correctly. The study showed that patients learned a concentration technique based on the activity that allowed them to deal better with a schizophrenic episode.

The hypothesis of the research team refers to a relationship between the fulfillment of the objectives of a video game and the area of the brain susceptible to sounds, which is more sensitive in patients with schizophrenia.

In this regard, Dr. Natasza Orlov, member of the research team at King’s College, said that 12 patients responded adequately to the use of video games. In that sense, the researcher indicated that people warned about the moment they began to hear voices and right there began the test with the video game, which allowed a decrease in the impact of the schizophrenic episode.

Although the study is in an initial phase, it yielded positive results and will continue to advance with the aim of supporting the treatment of patients with schizophrenia, who do not respond to any type of medication, through the use of video games.