Video game proposed as therapy for people with ADD, depression

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Video game proposed as therapy for people with ADD, depression

It improves users' ability to ignore distracting information, says UW Medicine psychologist

An East Coast video game manufacturer has raised $30.5 million with the hope of winning FDA approval for a large-scale clinical trial, with a game as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The game, “Project: EVO,” is designed to train the part of the brain that prioritizes information. 

“We’re always getting cues from the environment — we hear things, we think things, we see things,” said UW Medicine psychologist Pat Arean. “When we need to focus on own homework, our brain can do that. It ignores these distracting cues. This game strengthens your ability to ignore them.” She says the game can help people with ADD and depression, too.