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Video game will help increase visual cognition for elderly drivers

Video games are often blamed for some of the problems among society like violence and murders. Some believe that video game violence begets violence in the real world, while others feel there is no merit at all in the link between the two.

Allstate is conducting research on the use of video games for a good cause. The insurance firm believes that certain types of video games could help improve the driving ability of elderly drivers. A program called InSight has been launched by Allstate and will provide specialized video games to 100,000 customers in Pennsylvania between the ages of 50 and 75.

The game used in the program is called Jewel Diver and is designed by Posit Science. Posit will track the total number of hours the participants in the pilot program spend on the game. The game itself is intended to improve age-related cognitive decline and improve visual alertness.

In the game, players must keep track of jewels that pop up on screen and are then hidden under fish swimming around. The player has to click the fish that has the jewel underneath in a Three Card Monte-like experience. The game gets more complex as it is played with more fish being added to the screen.

Allstate is looking for the participants to spend at least ten hours total playing the fame. The goal is to see if the game helps to improve driving for players in the correct age group, if so Allstate may roll the program out to more states and offer discounts to drivers who agree to play the game.

Tom Warden from Allstate says that Posit was chosen for the trial because it has been researching the improvement of brain fitness for older drivers for the past nine years.

The debate on whether video games can affect behavior in the real world is ongoing. It's no help that studies routinely come out that claim a win for one side or the other. In November 2007, a meta-study proclaimed that there is no link between violent video games and aggressive behavior. The same month a study was released that claimed violent video games are a great risk to public health.

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By Spivonious on 10/2/2008 12:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
Slight spelling mistake - "playing the fame"

I'm interested to see if their study actually shows improved driving abilities. We all know the elderly can be...less than good drivers.

RE: Interesting
By Digimonkey on 10/2/2008 12:43:49 PM , Rating: 5
We all know the elderly can be...less than good drivers.

You took the high road on that one. Which is exactly what you should do if you spot a 70 year old behind the wheel of a vehicle.

RE: Interesting
By InvertMe on 10/2/2008 12:47:52 PM , Rating: 5
You took the high road on that one. Which is exactly what you should do if you spot a 70 year old behind the wheel of a vehicle.

At least most old people will only hit you going 15mph max. Your average teen will hit you doing 20 over then be pissed at you because you made them mess up their text message.

RE: Interesting
By Camikazi on 10/2/2008 12:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
I almost got sideswiped by an elderly driver going over 50mph on city streets last week. They were trying to lane switch without checking if it was clear, saw no brake lights hit. Not all elderly go slow, some remember where the accelerator pedal is.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 10/2/2008 3:17:37 PM , Rating: 5
It's not that they remember where the accelerator is but that they've forgotten where the brake pedal is.

I agree though. Some drive insanely slow. Others drive insanely fast. They don't have to care because they're always in big vehicles.

Mad props for the south park pic. Loved that episode. It was on Comedy Central recently too. Country Kitchen.....

RE: Interesting
By Camikazi on 10/2/2008 3:47:41 PM , Rating: 2
Remember accelerator forget brake, both end up the same, scaring me half to death.

RE: Interesting
By Noya on 10/2/2008 6:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
I agree though. Some drive insanely slow. Others drive insanely fast. They don't have to care because they're always in big vehicles.

They don't worry because death is already knocking at their door.

RE: Interesting
By fibreoptik on 10/7/2008 12:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
+1 because I agree that the episode in question was indeed awesome.

I hadn't laughed so much at a Southpark episode in quite some time...

RE: Interesting
By Screwballl on 10/2/2008 2:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
living in the retirement capital of North America (Florida), i see any and all sorts of old people doing all sorts of stupid things. When I drive I keep an eye out for these drivers as they tend to be doing either 15mph under the limit or the ones that are doing 15 MPH OVER the limit (the canadian types forgetting to look at MPH instead of KPH). My area is particularly bad because it is next to a military base with a VA hospital. I have taught the wife how to spot them both when there barely any traffic or even in rush hour traffic.
Teens can be just as bad here but luckily it seems to be concentrated around the schools and fast food places.

RE: Interesting
By The Irish Patient on 10/2/2008 2:37:32 PM , Rating: 5
My weekly commute totals 625 miles. Every life threatening situation has been caused by a young male driver with a greatly exaggerated belief in his own abilities. The old drivers just pi$$ me off by going too slow.

Want a quasi-statistical correlation? Ban drivers wearing baseball caps turned backwards. Especially if they're driving a Honda Civic with a spoiler bigger than the rest of the car.

RE: Interesting
By Spivonious on 10/2/2008 2:43:27 PM , Rating: 3
You drive 62 miles each way to work? Holy crap, you must burn through gas. My weekly total is right around 100 miles, and any more and I would find another job.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 10/2/2008 3:20:02 PM , Rating: 1
I drove 75 miles each way for 9 months. Orlando to Melbourne 5 days a week. Yes it sucked. Was when gas was right around $3.00/gallon. Gotta love monthly oil changes. And I don't care if I didn't have to do it. My oil gets changed every 3000 miles.

RE: Interesting
By Gzus666 on 10/2/2008 3:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
I think you change your oil too much :), unless you are beating the piss out of the thing, that is just excessive.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 10/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By icrf on 10/2/2008 10:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Holy crap, you change your oil every 3000 miles, most of which were highway you're nice with, and you do it with synthetic?

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 10/2/2008 10:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
I did yes. I no longer drive that much.

RE: Interesting
By Chaser on 10/3/2008 10:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
The 3000 mile oil change thing was good Jiffy Lube soccer mom propaganda. And doing that with synthetic oil and you're throwing money out the window of your car window.

I follow the manufacturer's requirements.

My last 4 cars: 2004 Corvette ZO6: 5000 miles Mobil One
2005 Corvette C6: 5000 miles Mobil One
2007 Acura TL 5000 miles Mobile One
2008 Lexus IS F: 5000 miles Mobile One

RE: Interesting
By fibreoptik on 10/7/2008 12:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
wtf... someone has cash to burn...

excuse us!

RE: Interesting
By mindless1 on 10/2/2008 5:09:13 PM , Rating: 3
3000 miles changes are quite unnecessary when the miles are highway. You could get 20K out of synthetic oil on the highway, easily providing it's not some tiny 4-banger always running over 4K RPM.

RE: Interesting
By Jimbo1234 on 10/2/2008 11:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah no kidding. 3000 mile oil change intervals are only "recommended" by places that change oil.

Look in your manual and see what the mfg suggests. My car's recommended interval is 10,000 miles. And if I lived in Florida I'd extend that since there are no cold starts. Synthetic oil, BTW, pretty much eliminates the cold start phenomenon. The company I used to work for did those tests. In some instances the filter should be replaced more often than the oil, but that's kind of hard to do in a car.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 10/3/2008 8:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
You have your preferences, I have mine. It's my money and time to waste (of course I don't see it as a waste).

RE: Interesting
By foolsgambit11 on 10/3/2008 1:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, exactly. When you're already spending about 400 bucks a month on gas, what's another 40 on an oil change? May as well. And change your fuel an air filters while you're at it. And the spark plugs. And spark plug wires. And do a brake line flush.... What else do they offer wherever it is you take your car? Because you should do all of that, too.

RE: Interesting
By mindless1 on 10/3/2008 9:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm. 40 on the oil change adds 10% to the cost for no reason. Add up those other items and you have not significantly improved performance, longevity, or resale value by performing maintenance more often than it's actually needed, but you have spent time, money, and wasted resources - new parts and old parts or fluids that end up in landfills.

RE: Interesting
By Spivonious on 10/3/2008 9:32:49 AM , Rating: 2
My dad's BMW tells him when it needs an oil change. He bought it direct from the factory and the first oil change came up around 25,000 miles.

RE: Interesting
By Regs on 10/3/2008 8:56:10 AM , Rating: 2
That's a whole other topic. They take a good vehicle and turn into a rubber-made bumper, noisy exhaust, lower the car to the point it scrapes asphalt, and put rave and disco lights on it. It looks like crap, sounds like crap, and I have no idea why the do it.

RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 10/3/2008 6:02:44 PM , Rating: 2
One asshole not keeping up with the flow of traffic and dragging his ass is just as dangerous as a speeder. Especially when, like most of these assholes, they INSIST on staying in the far left 'fast lane.

By austinag on 10/2/2008 1:13:31 PM , Rating: 3
I play Forza Motorsport 2 all the time, so I should get like a 50% discount on my policy right?

RE: Well...
By lightfoot on 10/2/2008 2:01:27 PM , Rating: 3
What kind of discount do players of Grand Theft Auto get?

RE: Well...
By Bender 123 on 10/2/2008 2:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
If I add a turtle shell launcher to my minivan, will Mario Kart count?

RE: Well...
By PhoenixKnight on 10/3/2008 11:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
It will actually hurt, since then the insurance companies will have to pay for all the damage caused by blue shells.

RE: Well...
By Digimonkey on 10/2/2008 2:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
Five finger discount?

My vote
By FITCamaro on 10/2/2008 3:22:03 PM , Rating: 3
Give us young male drivers who don't have any accidents a break. Not all of us are idiots. I'm glad I'm over 25 now but damn. I still pay more than chicks with FAR worse driving records than me. Every girl I've gone out with recently has had 1-2 accidents and multiple speeding tickets and their rate was still $20-30 lower than mine.

RE: My vote
By Gzus666 on 10/2/2008 3:52:16 PM , Rating: 1
Agreed, I have a pretty clean driving record, but mine is still higher than it should be compared to female drivers.

RE: My vote
By Tamale on 10/2/2008 4:27:14 PM , Rating: 2
statistically there's still a better chance that you'll get into an expensive wreck than the girl who's got a couple dings on her record.

ya, it doesn't make sense, but it's the way insurance works :|

i agree though.. i think it'd be nice to start at a fair, even rate UNTIL you get your first accident or ticket.

RE: My vote
By mindless1 on 10/2/2008 5:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
Insurance agencies have far better statistics about age, sex, accident liability than anyone else would. If they charge your group a higher rate all you can do is suffer through it.

However, it might be possible you can change carriers and drive a different car to lower the rate.

RE: My vote
By foolsgambit11 on 10/3/2008 1:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
I say it's all about the glass ceiling. Is it just a coincidence that women make less than men, and the insurance companies charge them less? That's some actuarial skill - not only figuring out what a driver will cost you, statistically, but also figuring out how much they're willing to pay, and charging them that amount.

Okay, maybe it's just a coincidence.

RE: My vote
By mindless1 on 10/3/2008 9:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
It's just a coincidence, they can't play robin hood and hope to stay in business. Note they don't charge less for young drivers who also typically earn less than the avg. man or woman.

By stirfry213 on 10/2/2008 12:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
I know its a typo in the title, just want to point it out.

RE: lederly?
By Rhodenator on 10/2/2008 2:26:52 PM , Rating: 2
Typo still exist, please fix, my OCD is driving me crazy =D

RE: lederly?
By Jimbo1234 on 10/2/2008 11:42:54 PM , Rating: 5
"I know its a typo in the title, just want to point it out."

It's sort of ironic to point out a typo with another one. "Its" is the possessive form of "it." You should have used "it's" in your sentence, which is the contraction for "it is."

Now I hope I haven't made any errors before posting, and if I have, d'oh!

By phazers on 10/2/2008 4:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully NOT while driving :)

By FITCamaro on 10/2/2008 5:10:35 PM , Rating: 2
They're too busy dying or sleeping while driving to play games.

Crazy idea!
By mindless1 on 10/2/2008 5:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
What if instead of some fictional game, they just develop a basic driving skills test game and have everyone take it. Make it a difficult game where even experienced "good" drivers will make some mistakes and then base your rate discount on just how well you did on that game test.

On the other hand, I do think playing video games can help keep anyone's mind sharper and better for driving if they didn't have enough similar mental stimulation otherwise, except possible the youngest males who don't realize they aren't invincible and that driving itself isn't also a game.

Seniors + Games = ?
By spread on 10/4/2008 10:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not give them GTA 4 to play.

It never seems to amaze me ...
By SunAngel on 10/2/2008 12:52:04 PM , Rating: 1
... what correlations statisticans try to make. some statstician somewhere in some cubbyhole ran an anova analysis and found a treatment effect that indicated a few hours of video game playing equalled a marked improvement in collision payouts for senior citizens. not saying this is wrong but did they also do a treatment effect for synaps failure of seniors playing video games. at 70 years old it seems just as likely a good chance of synaps failure could occur from playing a video game like bejeweled. bejeweled is no joke once your get up into higher levels. i would hate to be in traffic and a seniors' mind crashes because they have become tired ... because they played a video game earlier in the day.

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