SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: 11SB2-0077
Amount: $148,852.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: SB112-003
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b/a SIFT
211 N 1st St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, -
DUNS: 103477993
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Thomsen
 Senior Research Scientist
 (612) 789-0559
 dthomsen@sift.net
Business Contact
 Harry Funk
Title: Vice President of Research and Dev.
Phone: (612) 578-7438
Email: hfunk@sift.net
Research Institution
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Abstract
The main challenges of treating post-combatant PTSD include getting patients into treatment, keeping them engaged, and motivating them to complete out-of-session take-home work. SAGA (Sequential Art via Game Assistance) addresses these challenges by providing PTSD patients an engaging and educational game environment that helps them understand and communicate their trauma while creating a graphic novel. SAGA employs easy-to-use tools to help patients create visually compelling stories, disassemble, and understand how stories work. Sample stories from prior patient"s testimonials on completing therapy provide additional critical education and motivation to patients. By collecting metrics on patients"progress and emotional triggers, SAGA can schedule exercises to fit individual patients"therapeutic needs. SAGA includes the most successful memes from popular games like World of Warcraft, Rock Band and Farmville to increase patient engagement in treatment, and allow PTSD patients to support each other. SAGA ensures that every successful step a patient makes in therapy can encourage other patients to do the same.

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