Akili Interactive Labs on Monday reported that its late-stage study of a video game designed to treat kids with ADHD met its primary goal, a big step in the Boston company’s quest to get approval for what it hopes will be the first prescription video game.

In a study of 348 children between the ages of 8 and 12 diagnosed with ADHD, those who played Akili’s action-packed game on a tablet over four weeks saw statistically significant improvements on metrics of attention and inhibitory control, compared to children who were given a different action-driven video game designed as a placebo. The company plans next year to file for approval with the Food and Drug Administration.

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  • this game looks like garbage. Any game can be used for ADHD because it keeps kids entertained like me. Im only 15 and i have ADHD and games in general are just fine.

  • ADHD is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors.

  • Oh my gosh. We were just talking about the possibilities. Wonder if this will be something used in the future!

    • I feel I am already sunk as I watch my son with these games and how he ever knows where the heck he is or is going is beyond me. I get all turned around and they travel all over the place in game. I find it extremely confusing. Yikes 🙂

  • As someone who dispenses a lot of ADHD meds (adderal, ritalin, vyvanse, focalin, etc..l) I’d LOVE to see this succeed!

    • EXACTLY what struck me first too.

      Something SERIOUSLY wrong with the people developing crap like this. It should be stopped or at least quality controlled in some way.

  • For the best exercise in eye hand coordination and quick thinking watch “Grand Theft Auto V”. Clearly the best and the goriest.

  • I am submitted my own device designed to improve academic scores. It will be a software that flashes the structures of organic chemistry compounds at 30 second intervals in preparation for your son’s single most important test as a determinant of his acceptance to med school.

    If concentration the goal, then to paraphrase: “nothing concentrates the mind like fear of academic crucifixion”.

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