Schizophrenia patients calmed by playing video game

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The BBC reports on a study that found that people with schizophrenia can be trained to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations by playing a video game.

Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain region sensitive to speech and human voices.

In time, the patients learnt to use the technique in their daily lives to reduce the power of hallucinations.

But this is a small pilot study and the findings still need to be confirmed.

The research team, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the University of Roehampton, says the technique could be used to help schizophrenia patients who do not respond to medication.

The technique could be used to help schizophrenia patients who don’t respond to medication.