Can We Game Our Way to Better Health?

24:39 minutes

If you think the only health effect of gaming is a serious case of “couch potato,” you aren’t alone. But a few gamer-scientists are out to prove that games could actually make us healthier. Imagine a future where doctors prescribe games instead of pills and new drugs are developed through collaborative gameplay. We’ll talk to a few of the scientists and game developers working to add games to our medical tool-kit.

Segment Guests

Adam Gazzaley

Adam Gazzaley is associate professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California.

Zoran Popovic

Zoran Popovic is a computer science and engineering professor and director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

Richard Tate

Richard Tate is vice president of communications at Hopelab.

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About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.

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