Ella L. James et al. – “Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms”

James, Ella L., et al.  “Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms.”  Pychologicall Science (2015): 1-15.  Sage.  Web.  21 July 2015.

Yes – Tetris can apparently help with symptoms of trauma by interrupting visual recall of traumatic events, thus helped avert recurring memories.  But this also may tie in with Ruth Leys’s work discussing the role of memory and trauma symptoms.  The neurology studies of traumatic autobiographical recall may also indicate the ways in the visual cues from Tetris help “short circuit” the intrusive memories.

From the abstract:

We showed that intrusive memories were virtually abolished by playing the computer game Tetris following a memory reactivation task 24 hr after initial exposure to experimental trauma. Furthermore, both memory reactivation and playing Tetris were required to reduce subsequent intrusions… (1)

 

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