Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tetris vs PTSD

Over the years, we've documented the strange, but undeniable, effects that certain foods can have on our health. But strange - and helpful - health phenomena can come from even more remarkable sources.

Like video games:

"Flashbacks are vivid, recurring, intrusive and unwanted mental images of a past traumatic experience. They are a sine qua non of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ... clinicians would prefer to utilize some sort of early intervention to prevent flashbacks from developing in the first place."

That makes sense; medicine and other treatments come at a price, not to mention potentially negative side effects. Wouldn't it be great if there were a treatment protocol that didn't involve medication, intervention or incarceration?

Kevin Flynn would no doubt approve of this breakthrough:

"(R)esearchers at Oxford University appear to have found one. Remarkably all it takes is playing Tetris. Yes, Tetris!"

Read the whole thing over at Pizaazz, then fire up the ol' Atari.
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