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Health Games Research is a national program that provides scientific leadership and resources to advance the research, design, and effectiveness of digital games and game technologies that promote health. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio and headquartered at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Pioneer Portfolio supports innovative projects that may lead to breakthroughs in the future of health and health care.
There is both an art and a science to designing health games that are appealing, engaging, and impactful. Health Games Research provides the science.
We work with creative game designers and artists to integrate well tested principles of learning and health behavior change into games that motivate players to improve their health habits and take better care of their health problems.
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- A Brief Overview of the Use of New Media in Health Campaigns and Interventions by Ronald Rice, Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center, Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
- Game Changer: Investing in Digital Play to Advance Children's Learning and Health (Executive Summary) by Ann My Thai, David Lowenstein, Dixie Ching, and David Rejeski, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
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- Take a look at our new, improved Health Games Research Database. Some of the new features include improved search capabilities, saving searches, flagging favorites, and easily discovering what's new.
- Research by Health Games Research grantee Cay Anderson-Hanley, of Union College, and her colleague Paul Arciero, of Skidmore College, has found that cybercycling improves seniors' cognitive health.