Research: ‘Tetris’ Can Help Fight Some Addiction Cravings

According to a new study, playing a quick game of Tetris can help fight cravings among smokers, people attempting to stop drinking and those avoiding junk food. The study from Plymouth University in the UK, tested the “Elaborated Intrusion Theory” which is based on the idea that cravings are largely associated with mental imagery. The concept suggests that if you give the brain something visual to do—like stacking Tetris blocks—the cravings will subside. During the research, people experiencing actual cravings observed a 24% drop in the desire for the thing they wanted after playing the classic video game for three minutes. One of the researchers explained to Medicalxpress, “By playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades.” It’s just further evidence that old school videos are awesome …

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