Playing Games Can Shift Attitudes (Medical News Today)

Medical News Today highlights a new Dartmouth study led by Professor Mary Flanagan that focuses on how playing a game affects people’s attitudes. The study was published in Games for Health Journal in April.

“Sales of games have been steadily increasing for several years," says Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and the director of the Tiltfactor Laboratory. "So economically, we have measured their impact, and now it's time to measure their ability to change behaviors and attitudes."

The researchers found that after playing the role-playing game, RePlay Health–developed by Tiltfactor in collaboration with The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science and The Rippel Foundation—players attitudes about public health issues became more accepting and understanding, the article notes.

Read the full story, published 5/16/15 by Medical News Today.