Study: Video Game "RAGE Control" Helps Children with Anger Issues
October 25, 2012 10:19 PM
comment(s) - last by
Children who played "RAGE Control" had a reduction in anger scores on the State Trait Anger Expression Inventory-Child and Adolescent (STAXI-CA)
have anger issues
can now channel and correct those feelings with a new video game called "RAGE Control."
"RAGE Control" was developed by Jason Kahn, PhD, and Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD, at Boston Children's Hospital. They noticed that children with anger problems were fairly apathetic in traditional psychotherapy, but had a strong interest in video games (as many children do).
This is where "RAGE Control" comes in. It's a video game where children have to shoot enemy spaceships, but hold their fire when friendly spaceships arise in the fast-paced game. In addition, a monitor on one of the children's fingers keeps track of their heart rate as they play, and even displays it on the screen. If their heart rate increases above a certain point, they can no longer shoot the gun. They must calm themselves before regaining
the ability to shoot
The study, which was led by other Boston Children's Hospital researcher Peter Ducharme, collected two groups of children from ages 9-17. The children in both groups were admitted to the hospital's Psychiatry Inpatient Service for anger issues.
One group of 19 children had five consecutive days of cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training and relaxation techniques. The second group of 18 children had the same exact treatments, but an added 15 minutes of "RAGE Control" per session.
According to results, the group allowed to play "RAGE Control" had a reduction in anger scores on the State Trait Anger Expression Inventory-Child and Adolescent (STAXI-CA) in frequency of anger over time, expression of anger toward people or objects, and intensity of anger at a particular time.
"Kids reported feeling better control of their emotions when
encountering day to day frustrations
on the unit," said Ducharme. "While this was a pilot study, and we weren't able to follow the kids after they were discharged, we think the game will help them control their emotions in other environments."
From here on out, the researchers will continue building on this study and develop other video games that can be helpful. One such game pairs adults and children with anger problems, where if one's heart rate increases above a certain level, neither gun will shoot in the game. This force's one to calm the other.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: A bright future
10/26/2012 3:31:42 PM
There's a long and colored history of controlling sex drive with contraptions. I remember seeing something on the History Channel about Victorian era (and beyond) anti-sex drive devices showing some old patents and pictures. All kinds of locks, cages, things with spikes in them, electrical shock, etc. (Can't find any links... There must be a wikipedia page about this...)
They must have really worked too as we can see the earth's population is nowhere near as large as it was back then. </sarcasm>
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
Study: Violent Video Games Prep Gamers for Real-Life "Headshots"
May 22, 2012, 10:16 AM
Study: Violent Video Games Desensitize Players, Cause Heightened Aggression
May 26, 2011, 11:00 AM
Study Finds "No Significant Relationship" Between School Shootings and Violent Video Games
January 26, 2009, 8:16 AM
Back in Black: Office 16 Restores Dark Theme, Adds Son of "Clippy"
September 18, 2014, 1:29 PM
Confirmed: Next Generation of Windows to Be Announced on September 30
September 15, 2014, 4:43 PM
Microsoft Buys Minecraft Dev for $2.5B USD, Pledges Cross-Platform Support Won't Die
September 15, 2014, 12:15 PM
NPD: PC Gamers Tend to Earn More Than Console Gamers
September 12, 2014, 5:22 PM
Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One, PS4 Launches Nov 18; PC Version Lands Jan 27
September 12, 2014, 9:04 AM
Microsoft Exec Reveals Steve Ballmer Created Original Blue Screen of Death Message
September 4, 2014, 2:10 PM
Most Popular Articles
HTC Preps Nexus 9 With Nvidia K1 64-Bit "Denver" SoC, Android L Onboard
September 10, 2014, 10:21 PM
Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Reviews Roll In
September 16, 2014, 9:13 PM
Big Media: If You Want Privacy, You're Probably a Pirate
September 18, 2014, 2:57 PM
Apple Cripples NFC in iPhone 6, 6+ With Developer Ban
September 17, 2014, 1:00 PM
"Decepticon" Driver Triumphs Over Cops in Massachusetts Court
September 5, 2014, 12:07 PM
Latest Blog Posts
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information