Can Tetris cure PTSD? Listening with gap-fill
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BY TRACY PFEIFFER
A study out _____ Oxford University suggests video game classic Tetris could be used to treat and maybe even prevent post-traumatic stress disorder. (Video: IGN)
Researchers showed subjects short films _____ violent or gory imagery, then gave each ten minutes to perform a randomly-assigned task: play Tetris, play Pub Quiz, or sit quietly. New York’s WNYW explains the results.
“So those who played Tetris had fewer traumatic flashbacks, while those who played Pub Quiz actually had more and they say the reason could be because Tetris distracts the sensory part of the brain so you don’t remember the feelings as much, but the word game distracted the conceptual side of the brain, allowing those sensory feelings to be stronger.”
A writer for TG Daily expands on the science _____ the study.
“[T]here’s a six hour-window after a trauma in which it’s possible to interfere with the way that traumatic memories are formed. During this period, certain tasks can compete with the brain channels that are needed to form the memory. This is because there are limits to our abilities in each channel: for example, it’s difficult to hold a conversation while doing maths problems.“
A blogger for Discover Magazine compares Tetris to other treatments for PTSD–such as prescription medication or therapy–and concludes playing the game definitely has some advantages.
“[I]t affects a person’s reactions to an event but not their actual memories of it. [A researcher] notes that they would feel relief, but their ability to, say, testify in court wouldn’t be diminished. This might give Tetris the edge _____ other attempts to deal with traumatic memories.”
And finally, the anchor for IGN’s Daily Fix has just one concern.
“They didn’t talk about the stress that Tetris actually causes, especially if all you need is that one line piece — but it’s nice to know that games can help those _____ need.”