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Tetris Decreases Stress Caused By Trauma

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, 26 Mar 2010News

Patients recovering from traumatic events are likely to benefit from playing computer games like Tetris if findings of a study carried out by researchers at Oxford are to be believed, though it may sound slightly far fetched.

The study also revealed that patients engaging themselves in Tetris are less likely to have flashbacks of traumatic events they experienced before and are also likely to find relief from stress.

The research which was lead by Dr Emily Holmes, who has been studying Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at Oxford, also gave hints at how the whole process played out.

According to the researcher, it apparently takes nearly six hours for complete memory formation after the occurrence of a traumatic event and games like Tetris can interrupt the formation of negative memory and allow patients to recover faster.

Explaining the same, Dr. Emily told the BBC that “Disrupting those functions by diverting the brain's attention in this crucial six-hour window seems to dampen down the vividness of memory.”

If the findings of the research hold true in the long run, it is likely to open up the possibility of treating trauma patients through the help of computer games and thus prevent the onset on persistent psychological damage.

Our Comments

Gaming in general has proved to be a precious tool to help a very wide rage of patients recover quickly because it allows them to exercise their brains or the limbs that have been affected by trauma. More significantly though, the forthcoming generation of gaming peripherals (Natal and Move) will encourage exercising

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