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Ann Behav Med. 2007 Apr;33(2):124-31.

Choice of interactive dance and bicycle games in overweight and nonoverweight youth.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY 14214-3000, USA. LHENET@acsu.buffalo.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Interactive video games are a popular alternative to physical activity in youth. One advancement in computer games are interactive games that use physical activity as a game playing controller, combining exercise and entertainment, or exertainment.

PURPOSE:

This study tested the reinforcing value and activity levels of interactive dance and bicycle race games in 18 overweight and 17 nonoverweight 8- to 12-year-old youth.

METHODS:

Reinforcing value was studied using a behavioral choice paradigm that provided children the opportunity to respond on progressive ratio schedules of reinforcement for a choice of either playing the video dance or bicycle game using a handheld video game controller or one of three options: dancing or bicycling alone, dancing or bicycling while watching a video, or playing the interactive dance or bicycle game. Reinforcing value was defined in relationship to the amount of responding children engaged in for either choice.

RESULTS:

Results showed the interactive dance game was more reinforcing than dancing alone or dancing while watching the video (p = .003), but there was no difference across bicycling conditions. Nonoverweight youth were more active when given the opportunity to play the interactive dance game than overweight children (p = .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that children may be motivated to be active when given the opportunity to play an interactive dance game.

PMID:
17447864
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC2213751
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