November 12, 2010

Tetris Can Help Reduce Traumatic Flashbacks

Theunis Bates, AOL News


AOL News

LONDON (Nov. 11) -- Picture the scene: You're lying in a hospital bed after being pulled out of a terrifying car crash. The doctors haven't found any physical injuries, but before you're allowed to leave, they hand you a Game Boy and insist you play Tetris for 10 minutes.

That might sound a little unreasonable (you're unlikely to rack up a high score in such a shaken state), but it could be seriously beneficial for your future mental health.

According to a new study by a team from Oxford University's department of psychiatry, playing that classic block-stacking game after a traumatic event can significantly reduce the occurrence of flashbacks -- the intrusive and unwanted recurring...

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TAGGED: Psychological Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Flashbacks, Tetris