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.