Episode 22

22: Pokemon and public health


August 3rd, 2016

59 mins 15 secs

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About this Episode

Pokemon Go is sweeping the world and getting people walking again! But is the Pokemon Go 'model' a golden opportunity to tackle obesity or just another fad?

Some of the topics discussed:

  • James plays "Pokemon or Cholesterol medication?"
  • Dan tries to explain Pokemon Go to James
  • James' first contact with Pokemon Go "trainers"
  • Should health interventions be modeled on Pokemon Go?
  • Other exercise augmented reality health apps
  • What's the app's endgame?
  • Can health authorities copy this model?
  • We make a correction from episode 17: PLoS is in fact a non-profit journal, not a for-profit journal
  • Dan and James answer two listener questions: i) The dumbest things they've ever done in the lab (both related to email faux pas) ii) How often should lab meetings be run
  • The importance of PROPERLY piloting your experiment
  • If you don't know the person in the meeting that takes up too much time, it's probably you.


  • The quiz


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