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Can Tetris reduce trauma?

7th January 2009

Researchers from Oxford University say that playing the computer puzzle game Tetris can help reduce the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

During the study, published in the PLoS journal, volunteers were exposed to distressing images, with some given the game to play 30 minutes later. Those playing Tetris had fewer flashbacks and it is now hoped the study could aid the development of new strategies for minimising the impact of trauma. Despite this, researchers acknowledge translating the findings into practical applications could prove difficult.

 

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