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Playing Tetris Is Good For You

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the wow-still-causes-cancer dept.

Medicine 132

An anonymous reader writes "Some UK researchers found out that playing Tetris is actually good for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, by interfering with memory. I wonder if playing Minesweeper is effective against boss-inflicted stress."

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So is a big dick up your ass (-1, Offtopic)

Reikk (534266) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357293)

Yep, big dicks up your ass also interferes with memory bitchez

Re:So is a big dick up your ass (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358075)

You must be new here. There's a little checkbox right next to "Post Anonymously," just above the text area where you write. When we troll and flame the site, we always tick that, so that it won't affect our karma, the way I just did.

Sincerely,
The uncle that raped you when you were four years old

Great! (2, Funny)

Shadow7789 (1000101) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357297)

I knew those 14232 hours spent playing Tetris were good for something.

Re:Great! (5, Funny)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358167)

Actually they were good for nothing, unless you were surrounded by an environment struck constantly by conflict and horror. Something you would have picked up if you had read TFA instead of wasting 14232 hours of your life playing Tetris.

Re:Great! (4, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358407)

Actually they were good for nothing, unless you were surrounded by an environment struck constantly by conflict and horror.

In other words, unless he had a TV running somewhere around him.

Re:Great! (5, Interesting)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358333)

Did you ever roll your score through the signed int maximum, 32,767 points? Did you ever roll it back through zero? Did you know that there's a graphical display glitch in the score display: the old score is erased by writing the new score on top, so if the new score has fewer digits (-9,999 as opposed to -10,000, for example) the last digit will stay visible?

My current high score is -256, but that's not counting the time I rolled it through zero (the game didn't think that was a high score).

Re:Great! (1)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359215)

You're obviously not talking about the NES version, so which one are you referring to? I've always considered it the classic, I would be surprised to find out there's another gold standard for the game.

Microsoft Tetris (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359273)

You're obviously not talking about the NES version, so which one are you referring to?

Microsoft's ancient port of Tetris to Windows 3.1 [tetrisconcept.com] used a type equivalent to int16_t for the player's score. Certainly Tetramino for NES [pineight.com] can track up to 6.5 million points, and Lockjaw [pineight.com] can track up to 2 billion.

Re:Microsoft Tetris (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26360231)

Yeah, I meant the Microsoft version, but as I've apparently posted too much recently I wasn't able to get that in as a corollary to my previous post.

Re:Great! (5, Informative)

Masami Eiri (617825) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359635)

The Gameboy one was always the go-to version for me.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26360041)

When you get good enough you're rolling over the high score counter, maybe it's time to bust out another game? A few good ones have come out since Tetris, like Dr. Mario or Columns or Bejeweled or perhaps some Bust-A-Move.

Re:Great! (3, Funny)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26361031)

Or maybe plsy the Great Outdoors, Meeting People, Other Hobbies. Despite the fact that there are bears out there, it's not that bad outside ... ;)

Does first post interfere with yours? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26357301)

First post!

Re:Does first post interfere with yours? (1)

techprophet (1281752) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358115)

not so!

Re:Does first post interfere with yours? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358735)

The only thing more pathetic than a first post troll is one that can't even do it correctly. Dumbass.

Re:Does first post interfere with yours? (1)

lluBdeR (466879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359693)

Fail-wise I'd say you're on par with the real first post

What if the trauma (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357305)

was brought on by being hit repeatedly by blocks of various geometric shapes each divided into 4 equal sections?

Re:What if the trauma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26359179)

Then it would be like playing a game made by EA.

The page hasn't been slashdotted (0)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357307)

it is an Australian site - it's been "Conroyed"

Re:The page hasn't been slashdotted (0)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357327)

disregard - bloody page refreshed when I wasn't looking and clicked on the wrong article

Re:The page hasn't been slashdotted (4, Funny)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358253)

Clicking without looking is like watching the movie in The Ring. After a while someone will murder you.

What does it do to healthy memories (2, Interesting)

eam (192101) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357355)

So, what does playing tetris do when you're trying to store normal memories, like where you put your glasses?

Re:What does it do to healthy memories (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357541)

So, what does playing tetris do when you're trying to store normal memories, like where you put your glasses?

They're between the lamp and the glass.

Be careful not to leave the keys on that table, or it will all disappear.

Re:What does it do to healthy memories (3, Funny)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357557)

Easy: if you see the blocks clearly, you glasses are on your nose. See? that's the power of Tetris.

Re:What does it do to healthy memories (2, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358381)

Sadly, for me this should read "if you can see the blocks at all". (Ok, not quite... I'd be able to tell they were there. Sort of.)

time scale??? (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357369)

I didn't catch it in TFA, does someone know about the time scale?

It makes sense that Tetris competes with brain resources WHILE you are playing...it would be hard to have a flashback during a game. But did it have any long-term impact?

As in, therapeutic value? I know COD4 helps me by competing for my brain resources against homework. Without it, I'd be like Col. Kurtz from Apocalypse Now...."the horror, the horror".

Re:time scale??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26357401)

Don't worry, you'll be like that when you get your grades ;)

Re:time scale??? (3, Interesting)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357519)

I know COD4 helps me by competing for my brain resources against homework. Without it, I'd be like Col. Kurtz from Apocalypse Now...."the horror, the horror".

I couldn't agree more.

Games for a long time have been known to have positive effects towards the user, instead of just negative. The things games do well as it says in TFA, they remove stress. I find it very helpful to come home after a long day and cool down with some PC gaming. It helps me unwind my brain.

Re:time scale??? (1)

JayAitch (1277640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357933)

Playing COD4 gives me PTSD. Especially when I'm playing on the projector sitting next to the speakers.

Re:time scale??? (1)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358301)

Have you tried playing Tetris at the same time? From what I've heard it helps!

Re:time scale??? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358483)

No, but I've tried playing Tetris (the version that came with Windows) while running PowerPoint presentations. That makes level 10 pretty difficult...

Re:time scale??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358531)

You mean level 10 of PowerPoint?! ololololollololool, no but seriously, what were we talking about?

Re:time scale??? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359197)

I don't know what you're talking about, but I'm talking about playing level 10 of Microsoft Tetris while running a PowerPoint presentation on monitor 2.

Re:time scale??? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358021)

I would think it is a case that PTSD normally fades over time. Paying Tetris during the early stages when it is strongest probably helps. Then after time as it fades and becomes more manageable then you don't have to play Tetris as much. And perhaps except for getting flashbacks of War you get one where those blocks are moving to fast for you. Which is less devastating, but you still have a similar rush.

What is "too fast for you"? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359317)

Then after time as it fades and becomes more manageable then you don't have to play Tetris as much. And perhaps except for getting flashbacks of War you get one where those blocks are moving to fast for you.

When you're as good as the players in this video (TGM3 Shirase S13) [youtube.com] or this video (TGM3 Master GM) [youtube.com] , what does "to fast for you" mean?

Re:time scale??? (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359159)

did it have any long-term impact?

Some people see the blocks falling after they've stopped playing. Thinking about it in relation to PTSD, I wonder if this isn't a minor form of stress disorder as well. Perhaps "post-tetris stress disorder" crowds out the effects of PTSD.

No... (4, Funny)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357415)

I wonder if playing Minesweeper is effective against boss-inflicted stress.

No, but Mine-layer is...

What does this have to do with Tetris? (5, Interesting)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357453)

Really, all they did was show people something disturbing then immediately distract them with Tetris afterwards. I'm positive they could have districted them with anything and it would make a difference.

It is common knowledge that the best way to remember something is to put it in your brain then recall it over increasingly long periods of time. If you don't recall it (what they call "flashback" in the article) then the memory will naturally fade. It is at the beginning of a memory when it is weakest so it makes sense that if you distract someone and prevent them from recalling the memory then it will quickly fade.

I Agree: Guitar Hero (5, Interesting)

AMSmith42 (60300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357691)

Talk about replacing memories. Now whenever I hear a song, I'm not thinking about where I was when I first heard it. I'm thinking about hitting those damn color buttons on time.

Re:What does this have to do with Tetris? (1)

RenoGeek (1247478) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357839)

Oooh, shiny...

Re:What does this have to do with Tetris? (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357979)

Well, there's no reason why, for example, soldiers couldn't carry portable tetrises (tetri?) with them, and play for 1 hour as soon as they are relieved of duty.

Re:What does this have to do with Tetris? (1)

MrZaius (321037) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358209)

If nothing else, it suggests a benign, free, easily found device that can be used to distract oneself after digging up those memories. May not be particularly profound, but it was worth writing up - Not everything is particle physics. Science that is easily understood by the public at large carries an inherent value well worth pursuing.

  You just shouldn't take it to extremes. [washingtonpost.com] Sure knows how to pick 'em, eh?

Re:What does this have to do with Tetris? (2, Interesting)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358409)

Really, all they did was show people something disturbing then immediately distract them with Tetris afterwards. I'm positive they could have districted them with anything and it would make a difference.

Very true. The more someone thinks about what they just saw, the more firmly it's going to be set into their mind. It's not at all surprising that distracting them (and thus focusing their mental energy elsewhere) lessens the effect of the traumatic memories.

Minesweeper is good against bosses... (1)

saintory (944644) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357469)

But MegaMan [capcom.com] is better.

Re:Minesweeper is good against bosses... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358189)

Sure is, but what's the best weapon against OverpaidMan?

Re:Minesweeper is good against bosses... (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358631)

A good shareholder lawsuit.

It does reduce stress (2, Insightful)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357489)

From what I've seen people do primarily play Tetris to decompress and reduce stress. No won says Tetris is super fun or exciting. It's just something to absorb your attention after a hard day. I don't know if the effect it has on traumatic stress is an extension of that, but I tend to think it is.

Re:It does reduce stress (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358039)

No won says Tetris is super fun or exciting.

I do, when I win.

Seriously though, I find tetris to be a whole lot of fun. And if you just start at level 9 every time, it can be pretty exciting, too. It doesn't quite have the clench factor of CMR3 or anything (slide slide slide CRASH - you can see how long it's been since I bought a new game though) but it can be quite engaging. Proof positive that graphics aren't everything - tetris works fine when drawn in text characters.

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

CheshireFerk-o (412142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358113)

TetrisDS is quite fast paced and real fun on nintendo wi-fi, but to sit down and try for your own score is quite a relaxer.

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

jschen (1249578) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358177)

How does one "win" at Tetris?

Re:It does reduce stress (2, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358261)

How does one "win" at Tetris?

Some Tetris variants have a win condition. Notably, Game Boy tetris launches various rockets when you achieve certain scoring goals. It's not VERY exciting, but if you just think back to how exciting the Game Boy was when it had come out (especially at my age, it was pretty special for me being just at the perfect age to be awed by that little Z80-powered masterpiece - now I'm just duly impressed) then you can recapture a little of that excitement.

I find that it's actually hard for me to truly enjoy the thrill of victory in most of those classic games because so many of them are such a grind. You had to do so much trial and error. The nice thing about more immersive games is that you can feel your way through them better (if the game is designed worth a damn.) I managed to complete a lot of even the difficult later missions in GTA3 the first time, for example, because the game is so fluid. (Some other missions kicked my ass over and over again. But anyway.) But Tetris on the game boy is not one of them. The head to head play is still a worker, too.

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

DeskLazer (699263) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359745)

they were a grind? let's not forget about MMORPG's of today.

at least those grinds [usually] had an end goal. how is any game not a grind? you do stuff repeatedly to either level up or get past a stage so you can continue to do it repeatedly. not to say you don't have a good point, because I agree with you in some aspects, but the idea of calling things a grind is kind of redundant, imo. to get good at something, you probably do have to do it over and over. if the conditions kept changing, it may be interesting, but people lose interest after they realize that they're not good enough to beat it, ever [unless decent goals are given along the way, like a paycheck] =)

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358419)

Whoosh (assuming GP means the Tetris for Windows that shipped with MS OS's back in the day).

Tetris The Grand Master (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359375)

How does one "win" at Tetris?

First you have to get so good you can almost play with your eyes shut. Then you have to beat this guy [youtube.com] .

Re:Tetris The Grand Master (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360705)

Meh, that version has a hold slot, much larger lookahead, and it appears to be fairly lax about letting you move and rotate pieces once they've landed (including rotations that would be physically impossible). Still impressive, certainly, but *much* easier than what I consider "classic" Tetris (TetrisDS has the similar properties, and hence it's also not particularly challenging, unfortunately... pity LockJaw is so klunky on the DS, as at least it let's you turn off all those "features" :).

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

registered_after_8_y (1445553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358511)

I completely agree, Tetris can be both fun and exciting, and I find the fact that it is "unbeatable" relaxing in its own way. Because you know you are going to lose at some point it takes the pressure off.

Re:It does reduce stress (4, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358077)

From what I've seen people do primarily play Tetris to decompress and reduce stress.

It doesn't reduce stress for me! Especially when some high ranked asshole comes into play me on Tetris Party for the Wii and quits after I beat him and before his ranking is affected. Fucking cocksuckers. If I ever find one of those motherfuckers I will pound them in the head with a Wiimote repeatedly until death occurs.

Oh, is that what you meant by reducing stress? Sorry, I got distracted.

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360135)

Never played Starcraft on Battle.net, huh?

Re:It does reduce stress (1)

simaolation (1381125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358561)

From what I've seen people do primarily play Tetris to decompress and reduce stress. No won says Tetris is super fun or exciting. It's just something to absorb your attention after a hard day. I don't know if the effect it has on traumatic stress is an extension of that, but I tend to think it is.

So when my CS friends tell me the computer is some kind of stochastic state machine and that the CPU is never truly idle, it's really playing Tetris when I'm not using it?

Breakdown of causation (3, Funny)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357503)

I wonder if playing Minesweeper is effective against boss-inflicted stress.

I don't know where the poster works, but in most workplaces, boss-inflicted stress is caused by playing Minesweeper on the job. But then I suppose getting a pink slip is one sure way of never being stressed out by the boss ever again...

Re:Breakdown of causation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358925)

I don't know where the poster works, but in most workplaces, boss-inflicted stress is caused by reading slashdot on the job. But then I suppose getting a pink slip is one sure way of never being stressed out by the boss ever again...

There, fixed that for ya. :)

Re:Breakdown of causation (2, Insightful)

Eil (82413) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358969)

I don't know where the poster works, but in most workplaces, boss-inflicted stress is caused by playing Minesweeper on the job.

If you really and truly believe that, then you haven't worked for enough bosses.

Re:Breakdown of causation (2, Funny)

ImpShial (1045486) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359211)

But then I suppose getting a pink slip is one sure way of never being stressed out by the boss ever again...

I think that if I received a pink slip from my boss (both of us being men), I'd be fairly disturbed, compounding my normal level of job-related stress.

Also, I would probably have a good case for a sexual harassment charge.

The study missed one obvious thing. (1)

Rutefoot (1338385) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357543)

Once you get up past level 20 the game just starts creating traumatic stress.

I know I still have flashbacks and nightmares about the time I passed the level 70 mark on TetrisDS. Why didn't I just use the 'T' block? Why?! Oh no...it's happening again

Any distraction (2, Interesting)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357551)

can be very therapeutic. The trick is to be able to regulate just how distracted you become. It's not going to help some one if they have PTSD and then get hooked on Tetris to the point where you can't live without it. Yes, that is an extreme.

My point is actually that Tetris is just the distraction and you can probably get similar results with any sort of simple mind stimulating puzzle like sudoku. Heck, I'm willing to bet any video game would help as long as, say, your PTSD was triggered by almost getting run down by six 18-wheelers and you sit down for a session of Big Mutha Truckers [wikipedia.org] . Course... if you don't have PTSD before playing that game you will after the fact...

Re:Any distraction (1)

crazycheetah (1416001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360069)

I have to agree. As someone with PTSD (and not from going into battle; though going into battle in 8th grade, when I essentially got stuck with it, would have been interesting, I must admit...), any distraction can help. It can also make it worse by using it as a means of avoidance--and one of the sections for criteria for PTSD according to the DSM includes symptoms of avoidance that become significantly distressing.

Personally, I do like to play the more mind challenging games, as they do distract me, and the less challenging ones can let my mind slip away some times much easier. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Tetris, but Minesweeper, Sudoku, and other ones that require more thought are always more nice for me. Except when you can do "Expert" minesweeper in 100 seconds and feel like you're just looking at the numbers and not actually thinking about them... then it kinda sucks... but that's all good.

Re:Any distraction (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360409)

Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Tetris, but Minesweeper, Sudoku, and other ones that require more thought are always more nice for me. Except when you can do "Expert" minesweeper in 100 seconds and feel like you're just looking at the numbers and not actually thinking about them... then it kinda sucks... but that's all good.

My best time on "Expert" is 59 seconds. I routinely hit 80.

Accidental exposure later? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26357661)

Will accidental exposure to Tetris after treatment have similar effects to Beethoven's Ninth?

Re:Accidental exposure later? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358341)

Please... Not my lovely, lovely Ludwig Van...

Takes over my brain (2, Funny)

K.B.Zod (642226) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357683)

When I've played Tetris too much before going to bed, all I could think about, tossing and turning in the sheets, is blocks forever falling and falling, and trying to fit them all in, essentially playing the game in my head. I can easily see that business pushing out other thoughts.

Re:Takes over my brain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358025)

It works with DDR too. After playing too much, I close my eyes and see ARROWS.

Re:Takes over my brain (1)

K.B.Zod (642226) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360395)

I think we've hit on the ultimate addictive game: DDR Tetris.

Re:Takes over my brain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358999)

tetris does that to me too. i wonder if there's a name for that phenomenon.

it also happened to me once years ago while playing final fantasy 7. i was doing the "chocobo racing" side quest, trying to breed a black chocobo. after racing, feeding, racing, feeding, breeding, racing, feeding on and on and on, all i dreamt about for days was chocobos

QuantumG is prepared. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26357697)

Finally, a need for QuantumG's code [slashdot.org] !

Re:QuantumG is prepared. (2, Funny)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357997)

QuantumG, you didn't have to post anonymous. We all know it was you, you self-promoting hack!

Now...prepare to be destroyed!

Re:QuantumG is prepared. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358457)

Sadly, I have to admit that I have also written Tetris in Javascript. (And in BASIC – twice, and once in 80x86 assembly – which I managed to lose the source code for, blast it!)

Re:QuantumG is prepared. (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359385)

Nothing to be ashamed of...it's been so long since I wrote a substantial program, I can barely scrape together "Hello World" these days...

Re:QuantumG is prepared. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360259)

it's been so long since I wrote a substantial program, I can barely scrape together "Hello World" these days...

In that case, try this... http://slashdot.org/~clone53421/journal/213871 [slashdot.org] (assuming you have a Windows PC... and if not, I don't see why it wouldn't work in DOSBox).

When will it end? (1, Redundant)

jezreel (261337) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357767)

I wish all those doing-nerdy-stuff-is-good-for-your-brain-somehow stories would cease to be made up by "some researcher" or editors!

not having RTFA but assuming it to be the usual bullshit

Flowers are the new Mines (1)

nobodyman (90587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357789)

I wonder if playing Minesweeper is effective against boss-inflicted stress

Dunno, I find that game to be a stress-inducing process in and of itself. I wouldn't be lining up to recommend it to PTSD patients either for obvious reasons (even though in Vista you can optionally swap them out for flowers [shellrevealed.com] .

This has worked (somewhat) for me (2, Interesting)

RPGonAS400 (956583) | more than 5 years ago | (#26357801)

I did not have a stress disorder, but in 1995 I was home sick from work once when I felt lousy laying down and lousy sitting up. I chose to sit up and play Tetris (and maybe Chips Challenge which was also on the Microsoft Best of Entertainment pack) and after a while I felt better.

Last year I was in an airport waiting for a delayed flight during a kidney stone attack. I bought Internet access at through Boingo for the day and it helped me get through the attack.

Maybe just getting your mind off things would have been a better test.

It may help the brain, but... (1)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358009)

... it always seemed to aggravate my carpal tunnel syndrome which has the effect of inducing new stresses to offset those that it supposedly alleviated. Go figure.

And Internet Porn? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358405)

As a control, the researchers should have given another test group access to an "Internet full of Porn" (IFOP).

If you RTFA, the researchers showed "distressing pictures" to the subjects, and then they played Tetris. Afterward, they had little memory of the "distressing pictures".

They should do this again, but instead of playing Tetris, let them surf the IFOP.

Afterward, they will have NO memory of the "distressing pictures".

Re:And Internet Porn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358519)

...yeah, until some wanker links them to Goatse.

Either this is a misleading title.. (1)

Tordre (1447083) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358443)

Either this is a misleading title or the anonymous poster assumes we all suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome.

Ibogaine treatment for PTSD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358559)

I know Ibogaine has helped people kick off of heroin, methadon and alcohol; it is also sometimes used by people to reintegrate their memories and life. Maybe it would be more effective than Tetris? It's illegal in the U.S. unfortunately, but there are treatment centers across the world who do it carefully (medical checks first etcetera). Might be worth a Google or two to those who are looking for an alternative to living in a personal hell. I intend to try it out myself for depression treatment.

I think it works both ways (1)

Patersmith (512340) | more than 5 years ago | (#26358701)

Or maybe the other way around. I've noticed that when performing an activity that requires your unconscious/autonomic part of your brain to take over, memory recall will actively interfere with your ability to carry out that activity. We usually think of it as confidence or the ability to overcome distraction but I think it really comes down to clearing your mind of conscious thought/memories and allowing your other brain to take over.

Think about what it felt like to learn to type. At first, you had to think about which finger to put where to get the letter you wanted. But at some point, you had to start taking little leaps of faith and stop thinking about it. The same goes for sight reading on the piano. You don't have time to stop and think about what the notes mean and where you have to move your fingers. You have to just /do/ it. And if you start getting plagued with conscious thoughts and memories while you're in a performance, it will cause a distraction and lead to a memory slip, totally derailing the performance. The same goes for carrying a cup of hot coffee up the stairs. If you concentrate on the task of which foot to put on which step and making sure the cup doesn't tilt, you're sure to trip or spill it.

So I don't think it should be any surprise that performing a tetris-like activity supresses memory. Or rather, it requires the suppression of memory to do it well (or at least try to do it well).

Re:I think it works both ways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26358791)

So you're saying: "In Soviet Russia playing you is good for Tetris"?

Three Words (1)

Rambo Tribble (1273454) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359025)

Frozen Bubble rules.

Tetris Payout (3, Interesting)

heffrey (229704) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359173)

Tetris was especially good to me back in the late 1980s when I was at university at Sheffield in the UK. There were a few Tetris Payout machines around the city that could hold up to £60 of cash.

The premise of this version was that you scored more points for lines cleared higher up the screen and you had to get as many points as possible in a fixed time limit. The payout was based on how many points you got on a sliding scale. As I recall the maximum payout was £12.

The engineers who built the machine programmed it to get easier each time you failed to win money in a game and it got harder each time you did win. They made a mistake though because a good enough Tetris player could beat the machine on its hardest setting.

There were about 3 or 4 students in the town that could empty these machines. Amazingly at the Student Union bar they came around once a week and filled the machine with cash. Those of us that could empty the machine would race to get to the machine first in order to empty it!

I kept records of what I made and it was over £1000 which is not a lot of money now but it bought a lot of beer for me when I was 19 years old and skint! And I still managed to find enough time to get a degree!

Eventually these machines disappeared no doubt because the people in charge realised that the only people making money were the people playing them!

Catabasis (1)

loocas (1345525) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359203)

Cinderella could have told you that. In her traumatic state, she sorted the ashes and embers in the fireplace. It's a therapeutic practice; it's getting down to the details, sorting, sifting, engrossing oneself in very small things. Tetris is the same. The player sorts block, putting them into their perfect place, not leaving any holes. It's more than a distraction. Changing the subject, you ever consider the existential implications of Tetris? An endless stream of blocks requiring your total concentration, no way to win, only postpoing losing? Now I'm depressed. I need... Tetris.

Re:Catabasis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26359249)

Amusingly enough, I once decided to make a list entitled "Everything I know in life I learned from Tetris". You know, such truisms as "You never win... everything just gets faster and more complicated. Then you die."

Unfortunately, I could only come up with about three things for my list...

Healthy Gaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26359223)

More news on health and exercise related video games:

http://www.healthygaming.com/blog/ [healthygaming.com]

Minesweeper? (1)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 5 years ago | (#26359451)

Between Minesweeper [youtube.com] and Tetris [youtube.com] , I can see why Tetris helps with Post Traumatic Stress better than Minesweeper.

Tetris Effect (1)

Trukutu (1222874) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360107)

And What about the Tetris Effect?,it's happen when a person plays a lot hours the game...

'tetris' tag strangely missing . . . . . (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360115)

Somebody, obviously, plays a lot of tetris.

Summary is 100% wrong (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360289)

If you actually RTFA

We are not saying that people with PTSD should play Tetris

Now how did that get turned around to "Playing Tetris is good for you"?

Only on /.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (1)

eulernet (1132389) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360343)

I think it's the same cure as the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_Movement_Desensitization_and_Reprocessing [wikipedia.org]

It's meant to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders as resulting from exposure to a traumatic or distressing event.

Tetris seems to require constantly moving your eyes.
Games requiring concentrating your vision on one point should not be as much efficient.

Or just give the PTSD sufferers some (1)

aegl (1041528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26360949)

ecstasy [economist.com]
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