September 3, 2009

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What are the benefits of Tetris? (Mark Yates, 9/03/09, BBC News)

[W]hile Tetris continues to win over new legions of entry-level computer gamers, it's also been drawing the interest of brain scientists. Some even suggest the game may actually be good for the health of the mind if not the body.

While hours spent struggling to sink those breezeblocks render fingers sore and gnarled, there are scientific studies that point to wider benefits.

The latest inquiry comes from the Mind Research Network (MRN) - a brain research organisation based in the United States. Using little more than MRI brain scanners and game consoles, scientists have found that regular turns on Tetris caused the grey matter in a group of teenage girls to thicken.

Earlier this year, Oxford University reported that Tetris could reduce the flashbacks experienced in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2009 10:17 AM
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