Note: In 2013, Health Games Research completed its work. This web site is now an archive and will not be updated. Please visit the web site of the Center for Digital Games Research www.cdgr.ucsb.edu at UC Santa Barbara to find current information about health games and the broader field of digital games, and to use the Health Games Research online searchable database.

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Virtual Iraq

"Virtual Iraq is a set of virtual reality environments created to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) combat service men and

Game genre:
Simulation

Health topic:
Disorders and Disabilities
Mental Health
Stress and Coping

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Purchase

Target Population:
Adults
Young Adults

Social Tags:
Clinical psychology
Iraq
Iraq War
Medicine
Posttraumatic stress disorder
Psychology
Reality
Technology
Virtual reality
Virtual reality therapy

Game platform:
Computer

URL:
http://www.virtuallybetter.com/IraqOverview.html

Technology:
virtual reality


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TeachTown: Basics Home

TeachTown is a web-based educational program developed to help children improve in various subject areas taught in school.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cognition
Social Issues and Skills

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Purchase
Subscription

Social Tags:
Abnormal psychology
Autism
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Childhood psychiatric disorders
Clinical psychology
Educational software
Neurological disorders
Pervasive developmental disorders
Psychology
Technology

Target Population:
Children

Game platform:
Computer
Internet

URL:
http://web.teachtown.com/products
http://web.teachtown.com/products/teachtown-basics-home


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TeachTown: Basics Classroom

"TeachTown: Basics Classroom combines computer lessons with offline activities for students who are developmentally 2 to 7 years old.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cognition
Social Issues and Skills

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Purchase

Social Tags:
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Classroom
Span and div
Technology
Website
XML

Target Population:
Children

Game platform:
Computer

URL:
http://web.teachtown.com/products
http://web.teachtown.com/products/teachtown-basics-classroom


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Lumosity

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Description: 

"Luminosity is a site specializing in mental-challenge games to test your speed, reflexes and smarts. The site boasts that regularly playing games on the site will increase your mental acuity and smarts. Luminosity is designed to provide the brain with a 10-minute workout per day, which is said to improve the health and function of the brain over time...The site offers free accounts to new visitors, which requires only a valid email account. Registered users have access to a number of games that are designed to develop greater mental speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving."

Organization: 
Health topic:
Brain
Cognition
Mental Health

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online
Register

Social Tags:
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Luminosity
Lumosity
Physics
Technology

Events Facts:
Contact Details

Resource type:
Educational Resource

Target Population:
General Audience

Game platform:
Internet

Company:
Lumos Labs

Calais Document Category:
Technology


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Gorillas in our midst: Sustained inattentional blindness for dynamic events

APA Reference: 

Simons, D. J., & Chabris, C. F. (1999). Gorillas in our midst: Sustained inattentional blindness for dynamic events. Perception, 28, 1059-1074.

Author(s): 
Simons, D. J.
Chabris, C. F.
Year: 
1999
Journal: 
Perception
Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Cognition

Target Population:
Adults
Young Adults

Social Tags:
Attention
Blindness
CDATA
Chabris
Cognition
Daniel Simons
Document
Inattentional blindness
Neuropsychological assessment
Perception
Psychology
Unsolved problems in neuroscience
XML

Position:
D. J.

Publication type:
Journal Article

Location:
United States


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Sheppard Software

Sheppard Software is a collection of free, online educational games, puzzles, and activities designed to teach young minds about health and improve understanding in various school related subjects.

Game genre:
Educational
Puzzle

Health topic:
Brain
Cognition

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
Brain Age
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Brain fitness
CDATA
Cognition
Nervous system
Neurology
Nintendo
Sudoku
Technology
Touch! Generations
Video games

Target Population:
Children

URL:
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm

Game platform:
Internet


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Big Brain Academy

Big Brain Academy is a brain-training puzzle game that provides cognitive challenges in five categories: think, analyze, memorize, compute, and identify. Players achieve their "brain weight" and discover their areas of strength and weakness. “Brain weight” increases as players complete the activities faster.

Game genre:
Educational
Puzzle

Health topic:
Brain
Cognition

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Purchase

Social Tags:
Big Brain Academy
Brain Age
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Brain Challenge
Brain fitness
Games
Neurology
Nintendo
Technology
Touch! Generations
Video games

Target Population:
General Audience

Game platform:
Handheld Device

URL:
http://www.bigbrainacademy.com/ds/index.html


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Basketball Attention Experiment

This game was used in a study by Simons and Chabris (1999) about sustained inattentional blindness. Players watch a video of people in a circle tossing two basketballs to each other and they are asked to count how many times the basketballs change hands. While focused on this task, players often fail to notice unexpected objects that appear in the scene.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Cognition

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
Attention
Basketball
Blindness
CDATA
Chabris
Cognition
Daniel Simons
Gorillas
Inattentional blindness
Psychology
Technology
XML

Target Population:
General Audience

URL:
http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2006/09/28/attention-and-working-memory

Game platform:
Internet


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Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree

This brain-training puzzle game offers fifteen mini-games sorted into five categories: identify, memorize, analyze, compute, and visualize. Multi-player, competitive, and cooperative play modes are available.

Game genre:
Educational
Puzzle

Health topic:
Brain
Cognition

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Purchase

Social Tags:
Big Brain Academy
Brain Age
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Games
History of video games
Neurology
Nintendo
Technology
Touch! Generations
Video games
Wii

Game platform:
Game Console

Target Population:
General Audience

URL:
http://www.bigbrainacademy.com


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Brain Spa

Brain Spa is an interactive PC game made up of an assortment of challenges designed to build up the mind.

Game genre:
Educational
Puzzle

Health topic:
Brain
Cognition

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Purchase

Social Tags:
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
CDATA
Legacy Interactive
Nintendo
Software
Software development
Technology
Video game developers
Video game publishers
XML

Game platform:
Computer

Target Population:
General Audience


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