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UCF's fledgling med school gets video game grant

UCF's med school hasn't even taken in its first class of students yet, but already it has a grant -- and a cool one at that. UCF is one of 12 universities to split $2-million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the effectiveness of video games in health and exercise.

UCF, which already has a notable master's program in video gaming through its film school, will  investigate the benefits of role-playing video games that are designed to help alcoholics avoid real-world relapses.

UF also is getting a grant of roughly $200,000 to study the affects of Playstation 2’s “Crazy Taxi" game on the visual attentiveness (i.e., "Pay attention to the road, Grandma!") on a group of people 65 and older.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:45am]


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