How can mind-controlled games help children with ADHD?
It was really fun to participate in “Science Night” here in Reykjavik on the 23rd of September this year. The event brings together scientists, engineers, universities, and companies who share the excitement of their discoveries and innovations with interested people and families of all ages. Through the evening, there were booths with information and demonstrations, and “main event” talks and experiments for all to enjoy.
Deepa Iyengar, managing director, represented MindGames, and brought along a NeuroSky headset, an iPad, and our game, W.I.L.D.
With 20 challenges, there turned out to be something for everyone to latch onto. Adults wanted to see if they could feel relaxed while affecting the game; teenagers did their best to distract their friends who were trying to concentrate; and little children waited for up to half an hour to see if they could control the game with their minds.
Favorite W.I.L.D. challenges included the ninja who couldn’t aim and the dancing hotdog.
Most inspiring of all was seeing how children and teenagers worked to relax and concentrate in order to make the game work, even in the noise and excitement of the surroundings.
A few children who have been diagnosed with ADHD came by, and they immediately suggested the use of such games in training children like them. It is clear that mind-controlled videogames really do motivate children to try to pay attention to and regulate their states of mind. Imagine a generation of children growing up with such games as a commonplace part of life. See the whole photo report on our Facebook page!