Rage Control Video Game
Two doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in the US have developed a video game that uses bio-feedback to help young gamers regulate their emotions. Dr. Jason Kahn and Dr. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich created the game in the hope that it would help gamers to control their emotional responses to stress.
The game, called Rage Control, records players’ heart rates with a finger monitor and displays the results on the screen. As the difficulty of the game increases, a player’s heart rate may rise as they become frustrated. If their heart rate goes past a certain level – denoting anger or extreme frustration — the game will halt, causing players to lose their ability to participate. Maintaining a moderate heart rate is rewarded with longer playtime.
This innovative use of bio-feedback technology helps modify behaviour in young participants, conditioning them to approach future challenges with restraint and composure.