Video Game Tetris Reduces Intrusive Memories in PTSD

After viewing traumatic videos, people who played Tetris experienced fewer intrusive memories than those who didn't play the video game.

Playing the video game Tetris could be used to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a study has suggested.

The team of researchers from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge found playing the visual computer game can reduce the intrusiveness of emotional memories after experiencing traumatic events a day earlier.

Published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers conducted two experiments where participants viewed films with traumatic content, including public information films about the dangers of drink driving.

The following day, the two groups were asked to look at stills of the film in order to reactivate the memory. One group was then asked to play Tetris for 12 minutes while the other group did nothing.

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