Videogames can aid in stroke recovery

For those who’ve suffered from stroke, there may be new hope.  A report in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that games can help patients regain arm strength.

“Recent research indicates the brain has a remarkable potential for remodelling because after injury it shows neuroplasticity, the ability to create new nerve cell connections. Those studies indicate that training designed to maximize the brain’s remodelling potential should be challenging, repetitive, task-specific, motivating and novel. All of those are qualities of video-gaming, especially virtual reality systems in which players interact with a multisensory simulated environment via a wireless controller and receive real-time feedback on their performance,” the report explained.”

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