Terrifying flashbacks and horrifying visual memories are suffered by those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). German and Swedish researchers now publish data in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology that demonstrates suppression of these hallucinations by playing Tetris.
Their studies showed that 75% of those who played Tetris while experiencing triggers that normally would provoke the flashbacks experienced a 64% reduction in those scary visions. The investigators explain the effect by proposing that the flashbacks and Tetris compete for the same brain regions. Apparently Tetris wins.
If you or yours have PTSD, playing Tetris may be a winning strategy whether or not the game is won.
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Henrik Kessler, Emily A. Holmes, Simon E. Blackwell, Anna-Christine Schmidt, Johanna M. Schweer, Anna Bücker, Stephan Herpertz, Nikolai Axmacher, Aram Kehyayan. Reducing intrusive memories of trauma using a visuospatial interference intervention with inpatients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2018; 86 (12): 1076 DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000340