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Alien Health

Alien Health is an exer-game designed to teach youth about nutrition in common foods using forced choice decisions between existing and imaginary foods. One particular specification required the game to utilize embodied motor functions to improve cognitive results.

Alien Health is a Kinect One PC game that uses embodied motion to select foods for a malnourished alien.  Choosing the right food to feed the alien increases its mood and gives it energy to pilot a BioShip, choosing the better food increases its performance.

Participants that played Alien Health had better short-term knowledge of the five most important macronutrients of foods, and were better able to distinguish the healthier food item out of two options over time.