SAGA: Sequential Art via Game Assistance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1160
Amount: $1,715,166.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: SB112-003
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
211 N 1st St. Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401-1480
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Thomsen
 Principal Researcher
 (612) 789-0559
 dthomsen@sift.net
Business Contact
 Mr. Harry Funk
Title: Vice-President, R&D
Phone: (612) 578-7438
Email: 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 patients 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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