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Using Highly Interactive Drama to Help Young People Cope with Traumatic Situations

  • Nicolas Szilas
  • Urs Richle
  • Thomas Boggini
  • Jean Dumas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6432)

Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability and has a devastating impact on all family members. The goal of our project is to design, develop, and evaluate a pedagogical interactive drama to support uninjured youths aged 12 to 19 years who have a parent or sibling with a TBI. We used IDtension, a highly interactive drama engine, to develop a text-based interactive game, in which young users play the role of Frank, who has to prepare a dinner with Paul, his father, who suffers from a TBI.

Keywords

Interactive drama Traumatic Brain Injury e-learning e-training Narrative Simulation Educational Games 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Szilas
    • 1
  • Urs Richle
    • 1
  • Thomas Boggini
    • 1
  • Jean Dumas
    • 2
  1. 1.TECFAUniversity of GenevaGenève 4Switzerland
  2. 2.Department of Psychology FPSEUniversity of GenevaGenève 4Switzerland

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