Thursday, October 29, 2015
A prescription video game?
Developed by Akili Interactive Labs in Boston, Evo is made for mobile devices and acts as daily therapy for those with brain disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Five to 11% of kids may have this problem, which can continue into adolescence and even adulthood. Many take Ritalin or Adderall, but these drugs can cause side effects such as nervousness, loss of appetite, insomnia and increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Evo helps kids concentrate by thrusting into a world of split-second decisions. They tune out distractions and guide a spacecraft through a canyon. To move a ship, they must find the red fish and tune out the other color fish. As the child plays the game, the difficulty is increased.
Pfizer is involved, a study is pending...My question is why prescription?