SuperBetter: how to live gamefully. Plus more stories of mind over body.

Andrew Marr with Jane McGonigal, Jo Marchant, AC Grayling and Simon McBurney.

Source: BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week, 08/02/2016

There was a time in the 1990s when I played Tetris®” target=”_blank”>Tetris every night before going to sleep. The falling blocks calmed my mind and soothed me into slumber. As anyone who has played it knows, after a session of Tetris it takes a while to stop seeing it continuing behind your eyelids, but even that experience is quite pleasurable. The game is discussed in quite a number of research projects, such as its role in the treatment of victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jane McGonigal mentioned this phenomenon today on BBC Radio 4’s Andrew Marr show. It’s a wide-ranging conversation about the influence of the mind over the body, well worth a listen.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to Jane McGonigal, a designer of alternate reality games, about her latest innovation which consists of SuperBetter: How a gameful life can make you stronger, happier, braver and more resilient” target=”_blank”>SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient and its accompanying free online game. Designed to aid her recovery from a brain injury and subsequent depression, the game reportedly gives people a sense of control over their own health. Harnessing the mind in the fight against chronic illnesses is the subject of Jo Marchant’s book, Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body” target=”_blank”>Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body, which looks at the latest research into the science of mind over body. Rational thought and magic went hand in hand in the Renaissance period and the philosopher AC Grayling looks back at the life of John Dee – mathematician, alchemist and the Queen’s conjurer. The actor Simon McBurney tests the limits of perception and human consciousness as he recreates what it feels like to be lost in the remote part of the Brazilian rainforest.

 

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