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Study: Tetris Is Good for Your Brain
FoxNews ^ | Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Posted on 10/06/2009 11:05:38 AM PDT by Joiseydude

Playing the classic puzzle game Tetris can boost your brain power, according to a new study.

The three-month study, by the Mind Research Network, found adolescent girls who played Tetris not only displayed greater brain efficiency, but developed a thicker brain cortex, a sign of increased grey matter.

Clinical neuropsychologist Dr Rex Jung said one of the most surprising findings of brain research in the past five years was that juggling game play increased grey matter in the motor areas of the brain. Study co-author Dr Richard Haier said Tetris had proved useful for brain researchers.

"Tetris for the brain is quite complex," he said. "It requires many cognitive processes like attention, hand-eye co-ordination, memory and visual spatial problem solving all working together quickly.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brain; brainpower; cognitiveresearch; tetris

1 posted on 10/06/2009 11:05:39 AM PDT by Joiseydude
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To: Joiseydude

I believe this, along with most puzzle games certain RPG’s are good too.


2 posted on 10/06/2009 11:14:37 AM PDT by CommieCutter (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/qt/3013_08.html)
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To: Joiseydude

It can’t be good for your brain when you try to sleep and you see an endless cascade of falling blocks and you can’t stop flipping and shifting them...

I played Tetris the most when my first baby was napping. It doesn’t do much good for “mommy brain.”


3 posted on 10/06/2009 11:17:27 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Joiseydude

4 posted on 10/06/2009 11:19:48 AM PDT by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: heartwood

It can’t be good for your brain when you try to sleep and you see an endless cascade of falling blocks and you can’t stop flipping and shifting them...


I had a similar experience with slot machines. This is why I don’t gamble.


5 posted on 10/06/2009 11:20:46 AM PDT by CommieCutter (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/qt/3013_08.html)
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To: heartwood
It can’t be good for your brain when you try to sleep and you see an endless cascade of falling blocks and you can’t stop flipping and shifting them...

I know what you mean. When Doom first came out I used to play it for hours, but than when I went to sleep and closed my eyes all I could see was myself running down corridors as you might find in Doom.

6 posted on 10/06/2009 11:21:44 AM PDT by Joiseydude (I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees. Live free or die.)
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To: Joiseydude

This is actually good news for daughter.

My daughter has a brain injury with mainly problems in the motor area in her brain.

She loves to play tetris. I guess now I can’t discourage it.


7 posted on 10/06/2009 11:22:10 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom

http://www.2dplay.com/mahjong-connect/mahjong-connect-play.htm

I play Mahjong


8 posted on 10/06/2009 11:27:35 AM PDT by Dacula (Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Lets do something.)
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To: Dacula

Here is another good games

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/crosswords/setpuzzle.html#howtoplay


9 posted on 10/06/2009 11:29:46 AM PDT by Dacula (Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Lets do something.)
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To: Joiseydude

Looks like I did good as a teen ;)


10 posted on 10/06/2009 11:37:18 AM PDT by Trillian
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To: Joiseydude

I play Tetris II a fair amount. I think it helps you recognize and evaluate different possibilities very quickly.


11 posted on 10/06/2009 11:44:32 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Joiseydude

bump


12 posted on 10/06/2009 11:44:43 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Joiseydude
a study came out a few months ago that said Tetris also helps people who have expereinced a traumatic event. it helps them forget some of the pain associated with the event.

why are they doing all these Tetris studies? ps-i play it on my cell phone daily.

13 posted on 10/06/2009 11:47:17 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: luckystarmom

Tetris,like many classic and polular games,has a simple set of rules,but takes effort to master.
Many games are so complex they cease to be fun,and instead are so tedious that they soon go into the storage closet.


14 posted on 10/06/2009 11:54:07 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: CommieCutter

RPG - rocket propelled grenade?


15 posted on 10/06/2009 11:55:29 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Joiseydude
And when you get bored with Tetris, try this...

The Ultimate Brain Challenge

I can't think of too many things in my life that have challenged me more than learning even basic maneuvers. BTW: This is not me.
16 posted on 10/06/2009 11:55:44 AM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (The Top 10 Most Murderous Cities in the US (per capita) Are All Run By Dem Mayors - 2005 Report)
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To: TruthBeforeAll

Looks like a dragonfly on acid.


17 posted on 10/06/2009 11:57:15 AM PDT by Joiseydude (I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees. Live free or die.)
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To: heartwood
RPG - rocket propelled grenade?

Role playing game

18 posted on 10/06/2009 11:58:11 AM PDT by Joiseydude (I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees. Live free or die.)
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19 posted on 10/06/2009 12:07:43 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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20 posted on 10/06/2009 12:09:41 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Joiseydude

That explains why I am so freakin’ smart!


21 posted on 10/06/2009 12:15:56 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: heartwood

That is SOOOO true - about laying down and your brain still “playing”! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has experienced that though.


22 posted on 10/06/2009 12:36:34 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: qam1

EXCELLENT! Now I can report to my friend that all those HOURS we used to kill at her house after school playing Tetris was actually GOOD for us! Of course, doing our homework might have been BETTER! LOL


23 posted on 10/06/2009 12:38:34 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: Joiseydude

If you’re really good at Tetris, you should try a game on Worldwinner.com. They’ve got a game called Monopoly Downtown, which is a Tetris-like game that is pretty fun.

If you’re really good at hand-eye coordination, you can make some money playing. I’m pretty good, but not anywhere what the best players can do. I usually score in the 3,200-3,400 range and the best players score near 3,800 or more.

You get 4 minutes to try and complete 2 grids of Monopoly-type properties using Tetris pieces. Even if you’re not that good at it, they’ll place you in a lower-skilled bracket so you won’t have to compete against the sharks, until you start winning a lot. Then they’ll move you to a higher bracket.

My favorite game is Scrabble Cubes! I’m really good at that one. I’m not one of the VERY best players, but I’m probably in the top 0.1%. The lousy part is, I have to play against the other players in the top 0.1%, and that’s why I don’t play for money most of the time, unless they have tournaments where the top 20 or 30 get some cash.

You can play for free too, you don’t have to play for money!


24 posted on 10/06/2009 12:52:23 PM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: Joiseydude

There was a great documentary about Tetris called “Tetris -From Russia With Love” here’s a clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn9dO_iL7lo

Well worth watching.


25 posted on 10/06/2009 1:48:52 PM PDT by khnyny
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