Video games train your brain to fight depression

Hospitals, especially extended stays in them, can make you feel isolated and alone. Pairing that with the difficulty of a bad diagnosis or a tough week of treatment makes it hard to think happy thoughts. But video games can help put a smile back on a child’s face.

Multiple studies have looked inside the brains of gamers, and they’ve found that during gameplay two regions of the brain are constantly hyperstimulated: the reward pathways and the hippocampus. The reward pathways are associated with motivation and goal-orientation, and the hippocampus is associated with learning and memory. Even when we’re not playing an educational game, we’re learning how to play the game and progress from level to level, so our knowledge-hungry brains are happy.

Studies have also looked at the brains of people suffering from depression, and they’ve found two regions of the brain that are constantly understimulated: you guessed it, the reward pathways and the hippocampus.

So if patients are struggling with depression (which can easily happen in long hospital stays or ICU stays), video games can target the reward pathways and hippocampus to help them in the right direction.

Video games can ease chronic pain.

Many times, kids who are in the hospital for long stays experience pain caused from their condition or their treatment. Researchers at the National Children’s Medical Center have found that video games can provide a distraction that aids in pain relief.

Research shows that as children get more involved in games, they become more likely to push muscles they previously would not move due to pain. By increasing their range of motion, they stretch areas that need stretching. If you add in video game extensions like Kinect, the possibilities increase.

Video games reduce anxiety.

And who has more anxiety than a child in a hospital, constantly surrounded by doctors, nurses, and needles?

A study done by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found playing hand-held video games as effective as taking an anti-anxiety pill before surgery. The study tested three groups of children ages four to 12: one group got nothing to ease the anxiety, one group got an oral dose of anti-anxiety medicine, and one group got a Gameboy. The medicine and the Gameboy were delivered 30 minutes before surgery. The first group saw an increase of 17.5 on the anxiety scale, the second group saw an increase of 7.5, and the third group saw a zero percent increase. The children who played with a Gameboy were totally relaxed.

Man angry at Women-only Screening of Wonder Woman-See the Mayor’s Response

I must applaud the actions of an Austin,Texas Mayor that bashed a citizen’s sexist remarks.A man was angry that select theaters would only screen for women for the movie Wonder Women.I think his arguments are brilliant and i couldn’t have said it any better. Should he want an only men screening for Superman, i’d say go ahead,but that wouldn’t prove much of a point.Men didn’t have to fight for their rights,they just always had it. Wonder Woman has become a symbol of power in a country that at times even our leaders make us feel less than, not to mention many other countries were women are mutilated, raped, and abused with no one to speak out for them. I even understand the man’s claims that this is a sexist move, but he fails to understand the need for encouragement towards women.As a woman pursuing a career in STEM I have been discouraged  to do so, and the world looks at us as the weaker sex.

This man claims as follow:“The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision,” the man wrote in a rant. He also threw out false claims, like “women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride” and “women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman!”

The letter-writer continued, “If Austin does not host a men-only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s [sic] [deterioration].”

This is an excerpt of the mayor’s response: “I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual,” the mayor wrote. “Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!”

“Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion?” Adler continued. “What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.”

As an added stinger, Adler ended by calling the man’s views “an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.”

Instead, I’d encourage this man to call for unification and not to impose his views. He just proves exactly our point, that there are men out there with that mindset. I guess they never heard of Madam Curie, Dorothy Hodgkin, Mileva Einstein who contributed to research with her husband Albert Einstein, and Lise Meitner the woman who discovered nuclear fission with Otto Frisch among numerous others. He should go see “Hidden Figures’ instead of Wonder Woman and also look up the advances in science that were made thanks to women.