Scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience of King’s College London, along with colleagues from the University of Roehampton, have benefited from video games for people who suffer from schizophrenia.
Twelve patients with schizophrenia took part in the study. They were offered a short game, in which it was necessary to land a space rocket on the ground with the help of brain impulses. At this time, the activity of their brain was monitored by the MRI device. It turned out that after the game the patients calmed down a little, their stress level decreased. At the same time, people noted that auditory hallucinations were weaker than usual.
Experts say that it is too early to make serious conclusions: it is required to conduct trials involving more patients. Scientists hope that video games will help people with schizophrenia better cope with hallucinations and feel more comfortable.