Home | News | Health News | Gamifying willpower
Gamifying willpower

Gamifying willpower

Researchers at Drexel University’s Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits as part of two studies, which they hope will assist people in ultimately losing weight. The game called DietDash, being used in the first study, has been designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control” to assist participants in boosting their willpower and not give in to unhealthy cravings. Once the study is complete, the research team suggest that the game could be developed into a mobile app.

The second study will make use of the mobile app called DietAlert, which intelligently detects patterns in a person’s eating habits by collecting information about a user’s eating habits and uses an algorithm to determine when they’re most likely to cheat with during their diet. When this is most likely to happen according to the app, users will be provided with tailored strategies to get them back on track. The app has been developed with funding from Weight Watchers and the Obesity Society.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Check Also

The Shave Union is an online business that delivers razor blades directly to the door of South African men on their schedule.

New South African online company delivers world-class razor blades to your door

Blades are precision made in German factory – delivered on members’ schedule The Shave Union ...

Citrus fruit

Citrus fruit improves health

A group of researchers report that citrus fruit could help prevent some of the harmful ...

High-fat diet may aid cartilage repair

High-fat diet may aid cartilage repair

A recent study conducted on mice showed that a high-fat diet and increased body weight ...