Tetris Helps Ease Post Traumatic Stress

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Hey, videogames can actually have beneficial effects! Take that, Jack Thompson and Fox News! Researchers at Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry, under the leadership of Dr Emily Holmes have discovered that the infamous, and much loved Russian puzzler can help prevent the onset of Post Traumatic Stress.

They undertook a study in which 40 healthy subjects were shown disturbing and traumatic images of injuries and then divided in to test and control groups. 20 of them were given Tetris to play – and they "reported less disturbing flashbacks" than those who did not.

The theory behind this is that playing Tetris can “interfere with the way our memories are retained in the brain." the brain, you see, processes sensory and analytical data, but struggles doing both at the same time.

The beneficial effect is only noticed if the subject plays the game soon after the traumatic event. I can actually verify the veracity of the study’s claims. I’ve been known to play Tetris on the bog – and it’s certainly helped ease particularly traumatic bowel movements.

Source : Yahoo Games.

Last Updated: March 30, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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