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You might have heard about some of the health benefits of video and computer games when it comes to help people exercise and even rehabilitate after having a stroke.
A recent report in Association for Psychological Science finds that playing certain pattern games, like Tetris, might also be helpful for psychological well-being, including PTSD prevention. Immediately after an exposure to a traumatic event, our memories begin to consolidate, and after a while might develop into intrusive images and thoughts, possibly leading to the development of PTSD. However, it seems that if this process of memory consolidation after a traumatic event is interrupted, such as through an involved game, like Tetris, the intrusive images are less likely to occur.
In their study, scientists showed the study participants videos of traumatic car crashes. After the videos some participants were allowed to play Tetris, while others were just asked to sit quietly. When the participants were tested a week later, those who were able to play Tetris had significantly fewer intrusive images than those who did not. Perhaps downloading game apps and playing for a while when we are stressed, is good for us, and a collection of scientific research put together by game designer and researcher, Jane McGonigal, seems to support this.
Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full time geek. She uses Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Scarlet also teaches at Alliant International University, San Diego. Her book, Superhero Therapy, is expected to be released in July 2016 with Little, Brown Book Group. If you would like to learn more about Superhero Therapy, please feel free to contact Dr. Janina Scarlet via Twitter @shadowquill, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shadow.Scarletl, or via her website at www.superhero-therapy.com