Got Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Flashbacks? Play Tetris

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Published:  November 18, 2010
Got Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Flashbacks? Play Tetris

If you keep on getting flash backs of something that has traumatised you, play Tetris. That’s right, you no longer have to make an excuse to play that hidden pleasure. A study has concluded that the classic game has been found to reduce flashbacks after a traumatic or stressful experience.

The researchers involved 60 participants who watched an extremely graphic film involving violence and scenes of death. The participants were then split into three groups of 20. One group played Tetris, another group played Pub Quiz and the third group didn’t play anything.

They found that the group that played Tetris had the least flash backs. Suprisingly, it wasn’t because of playing any old game because the group that played Pub Quiz had the most flashbacks.

You’re probably wondering how that makes any sense, what’s the difference between the two games?

According to the report, flashbacks caused from chronic trauma are usually made up of visual or sensory images. Puzzle games like Tetris reduce flashbacks because they interfere with visual memories. Games like Pub Quiz are designed to get the player searching through their memories for an answer; thus as the player’s mind sifts through the archive of thoughts, and memories inadvertently arise that the player doesn’t want to see.

So if you’re having a hard time,  have no shame in ripping out that ol’ Tetris cartridge in your closet – it’ll take your mind off things.

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