Video game trains people with schizophrenia to block verbal hallucinations
A small study recently published in Translational Psychiatry showed that people living with schizophrenia could use a video game paired with an MRI scanner to curb verbal hallucinations.
Specifically, researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience found that after the training people with schizophrenia were able to better control the verbal region in their brain linked to the hallucinations.
“We encouraged our patients to use the same control strategies that they learnt in the MRI scanner at home,” Natasza Olov, lead researcher, said in a statement. “The patients know when the voices are about to start — they can feel it, so we want them to immediately put this aid into effect to lessen them, or stop the voices completely. Our study has shown that people with schizophrenia can learn some sort of mental strategy to help their symptoms — something which several years of medication has not helped with.”