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Biometric Video Game Helps Kids Curb Their Temper

Written on October 29, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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RAGE Control video game was developed by the Boston Children’s hospital to help children control their anger

generally have a short temper, especially when things don’t go their way. Luckily, the Boston ’s Hospital has created a that will help them calm down and curb their anger.

, is a video game that lets players shoot enemy spaceships. A has to be attached to the player’s finger to monitor their heart rate. Once their heart rate goes too high, they lose the chance to shoot. The player has to calm down to continue playing the game.

According to a study, the game is helpful to kids between the ages 9 to 17, an age where kids usually deal with anger management issues.

Dr. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, Chief of Psychopharmacology at Boston Children’s and senior investigator on the study, explains:

“The connections between the brain’s executive control centers and emotional centers are weak in people with severe anger problems. However, to succeed at RAGE Control, players have to learn to use these centers and the same time to score points.”

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