X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Study Finds Playing Tetris Could Treat PTSD

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

A study has been published by a research team from Oxford University that claims playing Tetris can help soldiers deal with flashbacks caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. The researchers believe that playing the game may prevent the brain from forming memories that lead to flashbacks.

These flashbacks are one of the worst symptoms for many people who suffer from PTSD. Research team leader Dr. Emily Holmes concluded that when played soon after exposure to trauma, Tetris served as “a cognitive vaccine” that seemed to “inoculate against the build-up of flashbacks.” I guess in the future if you have a bad day and there something you would prefer to not recall, try playing some Tetris.

The study into using the game to treat PTSD followed 60 participants and exposed them to a movie showing scenes of injury and death. The participants were then divided into three groups. One of the groups sat quietly and did nothing, the other group took a computerized trivia quiz, and the third group played Tetris. The Tetris playing group reported fewer flashbacks according to the study. I’ve never been through anything like soldiers go through in the field, but it would seem to me being next people you know and care for who get gravely injured or killed would be much more likely to cause traumatic flashbacks than watching a movie.

I’m also not sure it would work for me if I had to be treated with Tetris because the game really drives me crazy at times.

[via Wired]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Penguin Cocktail Shaker

Penguin Cocktail Shaker

DIY Exploding Popcorn Cake

DIY Exploding Popcorn Cake

How a Bowling Alley Works

How a Bowling Alley Works

Advertisement
The McLaren Senna Is the 800 hp Track Car of Our Dreams

The McLaren Senna Is the 800 hp Track Car of Our Dreams

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Drive: Not Brian O’Connor’s Ride

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Drive: Not Brian O’Connor’s Ride

Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS Prices Announced

Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS Prices Announced