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Mind Over Matter: Computer games challenge people with MS

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm

A nimble stick man strolls along a cyber street on a hunt for words that fall into the category “vegetable.” With a few taps on a keyboard, he is sent leaping into the air to grab balloons labeled with suitable words, such as “peas,” “okra” and “squash.”

Along the way, he “ignores” decoy balloons with words like “door” and “mask” to keep from losing points. He also ducks to miss low-hanging balloons and jumps over rocks to avoid deductions.

That's “Round-Up,” one of three games in a free, online suite ofcomputergames that Dr. Stephen Kirzinger of the University of Louisville has helped create for multiple sclerosis patients.

The suite, called MyBrainGames, is an outgrowth of the MS Technology Collaborative, a joint project of Microsoft, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.

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