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Silver Training: Older adults’ engagement with a video game training program.

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Numerous games have been designed for the younger population. In addition, researchers have investigated younger players for cognitive and behavioural effects from playing video games. Many terminologies have been defined by researchers; player experience; player engagement and player enjoyment to mention a few. Do all of these terms mean one and the same construct, or are these different? The challenge is to identify key attributes to establish clear methods and measures to define player engagement.

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Belchior, P., Marsiske, M., Sisco, S., Yam, A., & Mann, W. (2012). Older adults’ engagement with a video game training program. Activities, adaptation & aging, 36(4), 269–279. doi:10.1080/01924788.2012.702307

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Summary

In comparison to studies on the effects of video games on younger adults, fewer studies have been focused on the effects of video games on the aging population. However, this area of research is growing in the area of using games for older population in the realm of cognitive deterioration and memory impairment, rehabilitation, social isolation, mental distress, emotional challenges. In this paper the authors argue that the use of video games to train the visual attention of the older population was more interesting and engaging than traditional brain training. The current intervention study focused on the engagement of older adults.

To measure engagement, the authors used the concept of flow  [1] which is the state of heightened absorption in an activity and establishes a relation between the challenges of the game and the skills of the player. Continue reading