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Tetris: It's Good for the Brain

Who said gaming isn't good for the brain? A recent study provided by the Mind Research Network shows that playing the classic puzzle game Tetris actually have positive effects on the brain. The study, slated to be publish later this week, claims that the game provides two distinct effects: greater efficiency, and thicker cortexes (meaning more grey matter).

The study consisted of a group of adolescent girls playing Tetris for a period of three months. Dr. Richard Haier and his team performed MRI scans on the girls' brains before and after the three-month period. According to Wired, the team concluded that gamers focusing on a "challenging visuospatial task" don't just increase brain activity, but actually alter the structure of the brain.

Haier also reports that the study demonstrates that gamers playing Tetris on a regular basis will see lasting effects that "generalize to other activity." He also provided an example, saying that engaging in activities--such as playing games, working crosswords, etc--might fight off the mental decline that accompanies aging.

Look for the study to be published in BMC Research Notes this Thursday.

  • Boxa786
    Its not that gamers arent clever, its the fact the most choose to use that brain power for the wrong reasons, like killing Zombies!

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  • cryogenic
    Boxa786Its not that gamers arent clever, its the fact the most choose to use that brain power for the wrong reasons, like killing Zombies!
    Killing zombies -> Save the world -> Save the world is a good reason to use your brain power.
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  • KyleSTL
    As much as I hate to admit it, games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band actually translate better into brain stimulation than FPSs. Puzzle and RPG games (at least one's with some kind of strategy involved, mostly turn-based), I'm sure, are probably good brain stimulants as well.
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  • eklipz330
    so virus buster must be better? because you actually need to consider what color goes where... but in tetris there's shapes...hmmm

    and thicker cortex's can delay alzheimer's as well right?
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  • ssalim
    Use em of lose em noodles.
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  • LORD_ORION
    Wait, so packing groceries must make a person a super genius! It's like 3D tetris! We better start paying those guys 50,000 year, and in most cases bring them back to the grocery stores!
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  • Kaiser_25
    Ya ive always thought games have alot of beneficial perks, weirdly ive learned some money managemnt skills from games etc..and now im rich!!!!
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  • Major7up
    KyleSTLAs much as I hate to admit it, games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band actually translate better into brain stimulation than FPSs. Puzzle and RPG games (at least one's with some kind of strategy involved, mostly turn-based), I'm sure, are probably good brain stimulants as well.I completely disagree with that but you do learn/employ a different set of skills. Playing games like left for dead is more than killing zombies, you have to work well and communicate well with your team toward a common goal, you also have to keep a keen sense of sight and hearing to find hidden items and hear enemies. There is also the strategy factor in them, some could argue that it is far more nuanced than any puzzle game.
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  • nitto555rchallenger
    I only like W@W for zombies... but tetris is cool in a 8 bit kinda game
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  • matt87_50
    adolescent girls? they set the bar pretty low didn't they? I
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