A Little Something for the Mind...

Aside from being one of the classics that never ceases to entertain, it appears that through research, Tetris has now been discovered to be of medical help. Oxford University researches have discovered that by playing Tertis, a person who has flashbacks of traumatic event(s) will eventually just stop having the flashbacks. The simple game is said to “slash the symptoms of post-traumatic stress-disorder by positively altering the way negative thoughts are created following a distressing event.”

Researchers came to this conclusion after getting a group of people with no history of mental health problems and showed them videos of surgeries and major road accidents. After essentially feeding them the trauma, they split the group up into three separate groups; one group that would play Tetris, another group that would play Pup Quiz and the last group that would just sit there. They found that the Tetris group recorded a lower number flashbacks compared to the other group. One researcher talked about the study and said, “Engaging in a visuospatial task such as Tetris may offer a ‘cognitive vaccine’ against the development of PTSD flashbacks after exposure to traumatic events.”

Personally, my only question would be about people who you know…actually experienced a traumatic event? How well would playing Tetris get rid of those flashback for someone who actually was in a car accident or the like?

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Alix Minjarez

Being a gamer since the age of 6 (thanks to my parents), a desire to pursue a career in the gaming industry has been my passion ever since I laid my hands on Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of my favorite games include Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Duke Nukem 3D, Final Fantasy 6, Killer7 and both the Devil May Cry and Resident Evil series.

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