A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology has found that video game therapy, in this instance through playing the game Playmancer, can help treat bulimia nervosa, an eating disoder which effects over 3 million people annually.
For the study, participants took part in four weeks of gaming sessions using the video game Playmancer, which was followed by cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. In addition to monitoring impulsivity levels, other “psychometric and neuropsychological measures” were collected after treatment. Weekly frequency of binges and vomiting were also recorded during the entire procedure.
After just two weeks, impulses among participants dropped by over 85%. Other psychometric measures such as “anxiety levels… and novelty seeking”, also decreased. Researchers also noted “an improvement in decision making capacities”, and found that the frequency of binges decreased during and after Playmancer sessions, suggesting a strong correlation between gaming and positive reduction in bulimia nervosa symptoms.
The study concludes; “This case report suggests that using the Playmancer VG to reduce impulsivity prior to CBT may enhance the final results of the treatment for BN.”
The full study can be found by clicking here.