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(Wired)   Post-traumatic stress flashbacks can be prevented--with Tetris. Apparently it blocks out bad memories   (wired.com) divider line 34
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2012-05-01 01:50:37 PM
We lost a lot of good left-facing L-shaped blocks back there. Just left them lying haphazardly all over the field, huge gaping holes in the lines where those brave blocks fell.
 
2012-05-01 01:51:08 PM
Once the trauma fill up a row, they just disappear.
 
2012-05-01 01:51:51 PM
Well, so does heroin, but that doesn't mean you should do it all day long.
 
2012-05-01 01:52:33 PM
What if the PTSD is from marathon Tetris sessions? You know, the kind with penalties.
 
2012-05-01 01:52:44 PM
Tetris: Is there anything it can't do?
I had minor motor control and memory loss after a bad reaction to anesthesia during surgery, and two different doctors recommended Tetris. Actually, Tetris, Wii music and first person shooters.
 
2012-05-01 01:52:53 PM
My God, the Soviets were decades ahead of us.
 
2012-05-01 01:56:30 PM

BigNumber12: My God, the Soviets were decades ahead of us.


And yes, Tetris is still crack.

/have it on my iPod touch
//really helps past the time
 
2012-05-01 02:00:17 PM
Tetris. Apparently it blocks out bad memories

Not the bad memory of the crappy Game Boy interface.
 
2012-05-01 02:01:31 PM
Subby, that pun was cringeworthy. I salute you.
 
2012-05-01 02:02:13 PM
Whenever I am working on a very difficult organization project I always have the main Tetris theme looping in my head.

/is that a form of childhood ptsd?
 
2012-05-01 02:06:21 PM
Tetris dreams...
 
2012-05-01 02:09:14 PM
t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-05-01 02:11:54 PM

LabGrrl: Tetris: Is there anything it can't do?
I had minor motor control and memory loss after a bad reaction to anesthesia during surgery, and two different doctors recommended Tetris. Actually, Tetris, Wii music and first person shooters.


Wii Music? Who's your provider, Dr. Mario?

/Wii Music sucked
//The other two are fine though
///I've heard FPSs are good for PTSD as well
////Slashies!
 
2012-05-01 02:13:14 PM

Wade_Wilson: LabGrrl: Tetris: Is there anything it can't do?
I had minor motor control and memory loss after a bad reaction to anesthesia during surgery, and two different doctors recommended Tetris. Actually, Tetris, Wii music and first person shooters.

Wii Music? Who's your provider, Dr. Mario?

/Wii Music sucked
//The other two are fine though
///I've heard FPSs are good for PTSD as well
////Slashies!


I imagine Dr. Mario would prescribe this:
robinenrico.com
 
2012-05-01 02:17:59 PM
Probably works due to extreme boredom.
 
2012-05-01 02:46:35 PM
Tetris is a metaphor for life. Do good work, and it disappears. Do bad work, and it just piles up.
 
2012-05-01 02:50:33 PM
My secret to long Tetris sessions: I used to play with Pentominoes back in the day, and learned a lot of the standard arrangements for them. So, I was already overlaying blocks on everyday objects when Pajitnov's brainchild swept the nation.

Side note: after many years of owning a NES, I finally bought a copy of Pac-Man, and enjoyed many hours of play. But, I had to lay off for a while, because I started dreaming about playing it, and it was still kicking my ass after ten boards.
 
2012-05-01 02:59:37 PM
Maybe it's just because Tetris gives you post-Tetris flashbacks and makes you see falling blocks everywhere you go. No time for post-traumatic flashbacks in between the imaginary blocks.
 
2012-05-01 03:10:53 PM
dl.dropbox.com

During the 90's many soldiers were already playing Tetris.
These days most of them are probably playing call of duty spinoffs.

You have to wonder if it makes things worse for someone suffering PTSD if the game was war related.
 
2012-05-01 03:11:18 PM
"You know what's wrong with Skyrim these days? Everyone's obsessed with blocks!"
 
2012-05-01 03:45:48 PM
www.geekzenith.com

No, try bowling.
 
2012-05-01 03:51:43 PM
Tetris: Is there anything it can't do?

/loved Gameboy tetris
/love Wii & arcade tetris
 
2012-05-01 05:04:43 PM
A game like tertis probably stimulates the logical part of your brain easing up on the more artistic, emotional side. maybe that help get over trauma and things like PSTD.

/ it also helps when doing things like putting stuff away in cupboards.
 
2012-05-01 05:20:50 PM
theflickcast.com
 
2012-05-01 05:52:19 PM
"More specifically, Tetris-players suffered an average of two flashbacks, those given no task suffered an average of 4.5, and those who took a trivia quiz were afflicted with eight flashbacks."

Trivia caused 4 times as many flashbacks as Tetris, and more than just sitting there? What kind of trivia is that?
 
2012-05-01 05:54:13 PM
I used to play Tetris but then I got a block to the knee.

Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris
 
2012-05-01 06:22:18 PM

sct72: "More specifically, Tetris-players suffered an average of two flashbacks, those given no task suffered an average of 4.5, and those who took a trivia quiz were afflicted with eight flashbacks."

Trivia caused 4 times as many flashbacks as Tetris, and more than just sitting there? What kind of trivia is that?


"Who wrote a Nobel-winning physics theorem while listening to the 1812 Overture?"
 
2012-05-01 07:10:34 PM
Porous Horace:

Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris

Completely brilliant! Love that video.

/I am the man who arranges the blocks!
 
2012-05-01 10:47:01 PM
 
2012-05-01 11:31:12 PM
I'd rather we not send them on soul-destroying missions in the first place.
 
2012-05-02 01:25:55 AM
 
2012-05-02 02:55:35 AM

sct72: "More specifically, Tetris-players suffered an average of two flashbacks, those given no task suffered an average of 4.5, and those who took a trivia quiz were afflicted with eight flashbacks."

Trivia caused 4 times as many flashbacks as Tetris, and more than just sitting there? What kind of trivia is that?


I imagine because it causes them to delve into their brains' nether regions for answers. Too bad painful memories live there too?

/Not a neuroscientist
 
2012-05-02 07:38:24 AM

HaywoodJablonski: sct72: "More specifically, Tetris-players suffered an average of two flashbacks, those given no task suffered an average of 4.5, and those who took a trivia quiz were afflicted with eight flashbacks."

Trivia caused 4 times as many flashbacks as Tetris, and more than just sitting there? What kind of trivia is that?

I imagine because it causes them to delve into their brains' nether regions for answers. Too bad painful memories live there too?

/Not a neuroscientist


Odd military related question tho: Isn't it the first order of business after missions to go and file an after action report?

In one group you're telling all the men to occupy themselves with a pleasant activity, in the other group you're simulating what probably happens now. A lengthy and unpleasant sit down to relive every detail of a traumatizing event.
 
2012-05-02 07:11:26 PM
And for those of you with older, non-Nintendo versions of Tetris, THIS little ditty may sound familiar.
 
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