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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.