Category Archives: Research

Avatar Therapy Shows Promise for Voice Hearers

While technology has given therapists a whole new way to explore exposure therapy with patients with PTSD and anxiety disorders, other mental health issues haven’t gotten quite the same boost. Recently, however, psychiatrists have been exploring a technological approach to treating enduring auditory verbal hallucinations of the sort that are sometimes experienced by people with […]

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Virtual Interviewers Help Service Members and Veterans Open Up About PTSD

Stigma is hard on everyone it impacts, but when it keeps people away from their doctors, or keeps them silent about their concerns, it can be deadly. While organizations like ours work to fight stigma day by day, there’s no denying that it’s still pervasive — especially when it comes to talking about issues aside […]

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Game Development May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline

Since the days of Brain Age and Wii Sports, game studios have been hoping to help seniors stay sharp by encouraging them to play games. But according to a recent research project, seniors may have an even better time of things if they learn to make games, instead. Fabio Ota, founder of of ISGame, has […]

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Research Tells Us Video Games at Work May Be a Very Good Idea

If you have a phone and you play video games, there’s a good chance you already sneak game breaks occasionally during the work day, undoubtedly only during your regular, authorized break periods. In case it comes up, science has your back. In a study recently published in Human Factors, ‚ÄúSearching for Affective and Cognitive Restoration: […]

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This Research-Backed Online Tool Hopes to Banish Negative Thought Patterns

When a situation have a few possible outcomes — say, asking a friend for a favor — do you tend to assume the worst will happen? Not that they’ll be happy to help out, but that they’ll secretly resent you? That sort of negative thinking isn’t uncommon when you’re coping with anxiety, depression and other […]

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Share Your Thoughts on the Psychological Benefits of Video Games

Dr. Jennifer Hazel and her team at Checkpoint are researching the psychological impact of video games, and they’re looking for input from people around the world. If you play games of any sort, you can participate. Here’s why they’re studying this subject: We believe that games would be a valuable therapy for all sorts of […]

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Combat AI Is Being Used to Treat Mental Health Disorders, and It’s Doing a Fantastic Job

It’s no surprise that some major advances in artificial intelligence come from defense research — that’s where the money goes, with over half of America’s research and development spending focused on the military. But as a recent study on treating bipolar disorder from the University of Cincinnati demonstrates, some of that research eventually makes its […]

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Machine Learning Successfully Predicts Childhood PTSD

In recent years, machine learning has been a fun diversion for most of us, bringing joy and horror equally with things like Cooking With Cthulhu and Google Deep Dream’s obsession with dogs. But while we were busy training computers to recognize the difference between kittens and ice cream cones, researchers have been using machine learning […]

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The World’s Largest Sleep Study is Underway, and Looking for Online Participants

Ever try to operate on far too little sleep? Noticed how staying on task gets more challenging, or how focus becomes slippery? The dangers of sleep deprivation are well-documented, but there’s more we can learn. That’s why researchers at London, Ontario’s Western University have started the world’s largest sleep study. To make it the world’s […]

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A Different Kind of Brain Training Game May Reduce PTSD Symptoms

Brain training games promise big results from repeating simple tasks every day. Generally speaking, it’s not that easy: repeating a memory-boosting puzzle every day for months is very likely to improve your results on that memory-boosting puzzle, but research doesn’t show that it actually improves your memory, for example. But with a recent study published […]

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