Tetris Physically Changes Your Brain

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Tetris Physically Changes Your Brain

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Forget Brain Training: If you want a more physically developed brain, pick up your old copy of Tetris.

A study funded by the people behind Tetris and executed by the Mind Research Network shows that playing Tetris can actually physically change your brain. According to the report, time spent with the popular puzzle game can make some parts of your brain more efficient (shown in blue on the diagram), while other parts of the brain develop thicker cortexes (marked in red).

According to the doctors behind the study, their findings demonstrate that spending time with a "challenging visuospatial task" like Tetris - or indeed any puzzle game, one would presume - doesn't just increase brain activity, but actively changes the physical structure of your gray matter.

Co-investigator Dr. Richard Haier thinks that these findings show that if games like Tetris do in fact create lasting physical changes to one's mind, they might be used to, say, "help fight off the mental decline that occurs with aging."

The study was carried out with adolescent females, who took MRIs before and after three months of Tetris. Presumably with time to sleep, eat, and use the bathroom, but one never knows with these scientific studies.

The report will be published Thursday in BMC Research Notes.

(Wired)

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Seems obvious considering how much of IQ tests are based of spatial resoning

Sweet, Tetris can change your mind forever.

I suddenly want to play Tetris...

If my cortex is thicker, does that mean I become smarter? Or do I just become more efficient at forming blocks into a row?

The study was carried out with adolescent females, who took MRIs before and after three months of Tetris. Presumably with time to sleep, eat, and use the bathroom, but one never knows with these scientific studies.

Hmm. Only adolescent females? I'm not saying the findings aren't intriguing - they are, just that it seems like an odd source sample. They didn't even expand into adolescent males as well which, as a male, I'm obviously interested in. Still, it's interesting to know nonetheless.

That's really strange...
I just recently got into a lot of Tetris online, and I began noticing that my mind started showing images of the game whenever I was day dreaming. I wiki'd it yesterday and learned about a phenomena called the Tetris effect...

and now this....

"Lets play some Tetris, mother-fucker!"

I wonder if the Brain-Training games have similar effects on your big gooey thought-ball. It'd be interesting to do a comparison.

Yay! I guess the weeks of time I've put into Tetris have finally paid off!

Is this considered something new? (not commenting on the news provider, but the study).

I think I have always knew that the brain changes by playing puzzling games. I don't know from where I have heard it, but I have always assumed it was common knowledge.

I did an assignment on Alzheimer's. A book that was probably a few years old said that measures against Alzheimer's include playing mind games.

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Video games are healthy for kids. They develop thicker cortexes!

Take this shit to your mom and dad's "video games are bad" arguments 8D!

Tetris: The original thinking man's game.

IdealistCommi:
Yay! I guess the weeks of time I've put into Tetris have finally paid off!

Same. My brain must be pretty weirdly misshapen from all the Tetris I played growing up.

AngloDoom:
"Lets play some Tetris, mother-fucker!"

Hahahaha. I have a Tetris remix on my mp3 player that opens with that line.

That's probably why after playing 3 hours of tetris compared to something like 3 hours of pokemon I felt more of a headache while playing tetris... weird, I thought my brain was actaually rotting, lol, well, back to another 5 hours of free internet gaming, tootaloo! :)

I've known this for some time, but finally there is some real acknowledgement for that fact.

Interesting, but why only girls? GUYS ARE PEOPLE TOO! On this study, I must say is a fine example of reverse sexism!

Well yeah everyone likes Tetris, and now it's good for you. Win win situation there.

Sparrow Tag:
I suddenly want to play Tetris...

Me too! That news is amazing! This will probably score some points for the popularity of us gamers. But Fox News will probably just miss it saying: "Whoops, didn't see that one".

Time to break out the old green screen Gameboy and get my Tetris on again. That's the only version of Tetris I own.

VladmirL:
That's really strange...
I just recently got into a lot of Tetris online, and I began noticing that my mind started showing images of the game whenever I was day dreaming. I wiki'd it yesterday and learned about a phenomena called the Tetris effect...

and now this....

This can also happen with Meteos. I was diagnosed when it first came out, no cure has been found yet.

I'm also wondering why no Adolescent Males were tested, I can't think of a reason for them not to... unless they assumed all males had already played too much Tetris to get accurate results... hmm...

awesomebillfromdawsonville:
Time to break out the old green screen Gameboy and get my Tetris on again. That's the only version of Tetris I own.

Ditto. Although I do believe I had a fancy 3D tetris game at one point that you more or less made a tower which was harder then coming up with a clever and witty metaphor about something hard.

Playing maps on games also increases the size of your hippocampi, which relates to spacial memory ^_^

If by by physically changing my brain it means, it literally changes, does that mean I can get a custom shape? I would like a star.

I see a green dot on the left one. What does that mean?

The Great JT:
Tetris: The original thinking man's game.

I thought that was Backgammon, or if you are Orient-centric, Go?

Elementlmage:

The Great JT:
Tetris: The original thinking man's game.

I thought that was Backgammon, or if you are Orient-centric, Go?

I thought the original thinking man's game was "shove mammoth skull to hole"

Hooray for Tetris! I'm going to have to start playing that game again.

Elementlmage:

The Great JT:
Tetris: The original thinking man's game.

I thought that was Backgammon, or if you are Orient-centric, Go?

Ok, the original virtual thinking man's game. Whatever.

CantFaketheFunk:
Tetris Physically Changes Your Brain

A study funded by the people behind Tetris

yeah, right... sounds a little fishy

ah well

JRCB:
I see a green dot on the left one. What does that mean?

They've got teh AIDZ.

hmmm... maybe that's why I've been feeling better and more intelligent lately. I've been playing cell phone tetris for the last 6 months for about an hour at work every night. :)

I think it does challange your brain, especially when you're quite a way into a game, and you need to think and move quick!

aren't most changes to intelligence/reasoning a physical change?

Holy crap, does that mean that playing Tetris allows you to live for longer? 0.o Who ever said that games were bad for you!

A better brain? I'm already the smartest person in my school! If I play Tetris for a few months straight, I could rule the world!

But seriously, this is quite an amazing study, and I hope it culminates in a useful life-extending, brain growing, society helping game of epical-ness.

it's kinda neat, i always liked tetris, still a great game i play for time wasting

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