Active video games - An opportunity for enhanced learning and positive health effects?

Maddison, Ralph, Straker, Leon, Palmeira, Antonio, Simons, Monique, Witherspoon, Lisa and Thin, Alasdair G. 2013, Active video games - An opportunity for enhanced learning and positive health effects?, Cognitive technology, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 6-13.

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Title Active video games - An opportunity for enhanced learning and positive health effects?
Author(s) Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph
Straker, Leon
Palmeira, Antonio
Simons, Monique
Witherspoon, Lisa
Thin, Alasdair G.
Journal name Cognitive technology
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 6
End page 13
Total pages 8
Publisher Practical Memory Institute
Place of publication Gaithersburg, Md.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1542-3182
Keyword(s) exergaming
video games
physical activity
virtual reality
Summary Active video games are an emerging genre of electronic games that provide engaging exercise experiences by combining physical exertion with interactive game play. As such they have attracted increased interest from health promotion professionals to reduce sedentary behavior, increase physical activity, and improve health outcomes such as body composition. However their potential for enhancing the educational experience has not been extensively explored. This paper provides a brief overview of active video game research to date and outlines opportunities for future research. Specifically, we highlight the need to develop a conceptual framework to better understand the determinants, mediators, moderators, and consequences of active video gaming and integrate learning and health outcomes. Wepropose that active video games can be a key part of a wider “digital” supportive environment where education and health researchers and professionals work with, rather than against, video game technologies to promote learning and health.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©[2013, The Authors]
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