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It's not enough to make games that can change people's lives for the better-- we have to measure that change. Dr. Jane McGonigal, inventor of SuperBetter, shares news from her NIH-funded clinical trial and results from a University of Pennsylvania randomized controlled trial of her latest game.
Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) — and is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly half a million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury.
Jane McGonigal, inventor of SuperBetter, describes the academic "firewall" around games and one controversial study that found playing Tetris within six hours after trauma can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).