“This is early days and more research is needed.”
A new study says that playing Tetris might prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Telegraph reports that Oxford University and Karolinska Institute in Sweden had people involved in car accidents play the puzzle game within six hours after entering the emergency room.
These people who played Tetris were then found to be less likely to have PTSD in the future.
“Our hypothesis was that after a trauma, patients would have fewer intrusive memories if they got to play Tetris as part of a short behavioral intervention while waiting in the hospital Emergency Department,” said Emily Holmes, a professor of psychology at Karolinska.
“Since the game is visually demanding, we wanted to see if it could prevent the intrusive aspects of the traumatic memories from becoming established, by disrupting a process known as memory consolidation.”
Now this study only involved 71 people, so Oxford and Karolinska want to test a larger group next time. Holmes added that “this is early days and more research is needed.”
Now even though Tetris is decades old, the game is getting a new breath of life in different ways in the near future. First up is Puyo Puyo Tetris for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, which is releasing soon. Further out is a Tetris movie trilogy.
Evan Campbell is a freelance writer who scripts the Daily Fix, streams games on his Twitch channel, and chats about movies and TV series on Twitter.