Tetris can reduce post traumatic stress, say researchers

Playing the classic video game Tetris soon after a traumatic experience can help reduce the symptoms of post traumatic stress, such as bad memories and flashbacks, according to British researchers from Oxford University.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the researchers, led by Dr Emily Holmes of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University, showed traumatic and distressing images from various sources to 40 volunteers. After a wait of 30 minutes half of the volunteers played Tetris for 10 minutes. Over the course of the next week, the half who had played the game had far fewer flashbacks than those who had not played the game.

It is believed that the computer game helps to block the painful memories from being stored by the brain, providing the game is played within six hours of the traumatic event. As the brain is split into two sections - one sensory and one analytical - the analytical gameplay of Tetris helps to interfere with storage of the traumatic memories.

The research team hope that the discovery will help to provide new treatments for those who have experienced traumatic events.

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It is believed that the computer game helps to block the painful memories from being stored by the brain

i see what you did there

Yeah good luck getting me playing a video game if someone murdered someone I love. I'd problem kill you if you came at me with this BS!!

Well that's something! What about if, as a child, you had post-traumatic stress from the menu theme?

Do you know how long it got me to touch Tetris? I was always scared... However, I did play Tetris 2 a lot.

Tetris is great. but only the original one on Gameboy (or NES) as all those run offs suck.

i was great on Tetris on gameboy back in the day. i got around 330,000 points on that game which i am sure is not easy to get (i got my exact points written down somewhere but it was over 300,000 i am sure)

ThaCrip said,
Tetris is great. but only the original one on Gameboy (or NES) as all those run offs suck.

i was great on Tetris on gameboy back in the day. i got around 330,000 points on that game which i am sure is not easy to get (i got my exact points written down somewhere but it was over 300,000 i am sure)

I concur. The SNES tetris that came on the Tetris & Dr Mario gamepak was also very good. Tetris DS was OK. Tetrinet was pretty fun back in the day too. But the first one on the the Gameboy was awesome.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I like the NES one by far the most.

With Music B lol.

i tend to favor the gameboy version the most since it's mostly what i played growing up and what i spent most of my time on playing tetris in general.

i did play the NES one some, but i did not like it's scoring system as it was completely different from the original Gameboy.

so overall i consider the original gameboy version THE definitive version of the game myself.

either way... i am sure we can both agree that the original Tetris is the ONLY good version of the game to date

ThaCrip said,

either way... i am sure we can both agree that the original Tetris is the ONLY good version of the game to date

Agreed. lol. I hate all those new stupid versions.. 3D versions, odd shapes etc. The original is simple and addictive.

Ominous said,
Losing Tetris is just as stressful as the other traumatic event.

I concur, too bad NZDF has next to zero PTSD rates or would be tempted to try it on people lol.

Awesome!
Sounds like good news, I mean seriously.

While I take this news seriously (no sarcasm) I have to drop a joke:
Seems like we should get tetris on our usb thumb drives and put one in every first-aid pack. ^^

Glassed Silver:win

Glassed Silver said,
While I take this news seriously (no sarcasm) I have to drop a joke:
Seems like we should get tetris on our usb thumb drives and put one in every first-aid pack. ^^

Jokes are supposed to be funny, you must have missed that part.