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October 25, 2012

Palliative

An experiment in virtual reality uses video game to treat pain.

A video game may sound silly, but this particular game, SnowWorld, is a groundbreaking experiment in virtual reality. In SnowWorld, Brown could concentrate on throwing snowballs at penguins and mastodons to the music of Paul Simon, instead of focusing on the painful wound care happening at the same time.

Dr. Maani explained that SnowWorld uses the age old trick of distraction.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 25, 2012 09:28 AM