SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$999,072.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-13-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number:
D2-1160
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB112-003
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Smart Information Flow Technologies, d/b
211 N 1st St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
103477993
Principal Investigator:
Dan Thomsen
Principal Researcher
(612) 789-0559
dthomsen@sift.net
Business Contact:
Harry Funk
Vice-President, R&D
(612) 578-7438
hfunk@sift.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The main challenges of treating 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 emotionally process 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 recruitment and engagement. SAGA ensures that every successful step a patient makes in therapy can encourage other patients to do the same.

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