Introducing the Fling – An Innovative Serious Game to Train Behavioral Control in Adolescents: Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Behavioral control weaknesses are a strong predictor of problematic behaviors in adolescents, such as heavy alcohol use. Heavy alcohol use at this young age can lead to health and school-related problems and is a severe societal problem. Strengthening of cognitive control mechanisms through computerized training has been shown to have positive effects on behavior, but is often perceived as a tedious exercise. Applying novel serious gaming techniques to evidence-based training paradigms may offer a solution to this motivational problem. This paper describes the design and analysis plan that will be used to evaluate an innovative Serious Game called The Fling, aimed specifically at increasing cognitive control over impulses in adolescents. The game will be evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) among adolescents between 15–18 years in mainstream and special education.
KeywordsSerious games Cognitive training Adolescents Motivation Inhibition
The authors wish to thank our collaborators at Shosho Amsterdam, Harold de Groot and Frank van Vugt in particular, for their invaluable contributions to the game’s design and development. This research was supported by the Utrecht University Strategic Theme Dynamics of Youth grant #SM.DoY.2015.6.T, awarded to Margot Peeters.
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