Science, Brain Trauma & Video Games

Two interesting notes from last week’s On the Media:

First is Super Better, a collaborative video game designed to help recent trauma victims focus on getting better and implementing a plan to make it happen. From the official Super Better site:

SuperBetter helps you achieve your health goals — or recover from an illness or injury — by increasing your personal resilience. Resilience means staying curious, optimistic and motivated even in the face of the toughest challenges.

Next up is a video game that may help solve medical mysteries, called Foldit. Foldit is based on the promise of video gamers’ uncanny ability to work on complex problems for a really, really long time. From the On the Media site:

Using a game called Foldit, gamers build enzyme models that may be crucial to understanding how many diseases do their damage. Scientists couldn’t solve the crystal structure of the M-PMV retroviral protease for more than 10 years. Gamers solved it in 10 days. Zoran Popovic is one of the conceptual designers of Foldit – a kind of 3 dimensional Tetris.