The MINWii Project : Renarcissization of Patients Suffering from Alzheimer's Disease Through Video Game-Based Music Therapy

Abstract : MINWii, a new serious video game targeting Alzheimer and demented patients, is a simple Music Therapy tool usable by untrained care givers. Its objective is to improve patients' self-image (renarcissization) to reduce behavioral symptoms, which are an important cause of institutionalization. With MINWii, elderly gamers use Wiimotes to improvise or play prede ned songs on a virtual keyboard. We detail our design process, which addresses the speci c features of dementia: this iterative re nement scheme, built upon qualitative, small scale experiments in a therapeutic environment, led to a shift of MINWii's original focus from creativity to reminiscence. A large majority of our patients, with mild to moderate dementia, expressed a strong interest in our system, which was con rmed by feedback from the care givers. A fully controlled usability study of MINWii is currently under way, which should lead to future research assessing its actual therapeutic impact.
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Samuel Benveniste, Pierre Jouvelot, Renaud Péquignot. The MINWii Project : Renarcissization of Patients Suffering from Alzheimer's Disease Through Video Game-Based Music Therapy. 9th International Conference on Entertainment Computing (ICEC), Sep 2010, Seoul, South Korea. pp.79-90, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15399-0_8⟩. ⟨hal-00831340⟩

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