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2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Jason Kahn. Kids succeed when they know how to control their emotions. But when kids struggle, the way we try to help them feels like we’re trying to teach them how to ride a bike by reading the manual. With games that harness learning through action and play, we’ve shown we can do much better. My vision is that we view emotional strength as a fundamental skill of childhood, and give all kids the skills they need.


About the Speaker

Jason Kahn

Jason Kahn

Jason Kahn is the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Neuromotion, a company that builds mobile video games for emotional strength. Their games helps children and families stay calm and focused, building important neural connections for emotional well-being. Built on my research at Boston Children’s Hospital, he founded the company to get the important tool into as many hands as possible.

Jason’s research broadly focuses upon the creation of new technology to aid in mental health care. In particular, he develops video games and toys that help children build emotional strength. These tools are emotionally aware, but also place children in demanding cognitive and social situations. Children learn to compete, cooperate, and focus while remaining in emotional control. Early results have been promising, and future directions include adapting the tools for a wider age range, a greater range of diagnoses, and introducing the tools to new settings.

Additionally, Jason has worked on developing systems that can improve systems of care. He works on tools that allow for online reporting of patient outcomes, and is currently studying the impact of these tools on the quality of care. Jason holds a PhD in Science Education from Tufts University and has a background in cognitive development and physics.