Mindhabits: Games for a Positive Outlook

Mindhabits: Games for a Positive Outlook

Can computer games be good for you, beyond just being fun? Recent research in scientific psychology shows that specially-designed computer games can allow the user to practice positive habits of thought, toward developing a more positive outlook. Finding a smiling face in a crowd, for example, involves controlling one’s attention to focus on some kinds of information and filter out other kinds: Practicing this skill has been shown to lead to increases in self-confidence and reductions in stress. The author, Mark Baldwin, PhD, of McGill University and Mindhabits Inc., explains how it is that simple but effective games can train the mind and build a more positive outlook.

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