Playing Tetris Improves Your Brain

Research shows that playing the video game Tetris can improve your brain’s efficiency and will thicken some areas of the cortex. Neuroscientist Richard Haier had adolescent girls play Tetris for three months and looked for changes in their brain scans.
Three months of Tetris playing had two distinct effects on the brains of research subjects: Some areas in the brain showed greater efficiency (the blue areas in the diagram above), and different areas showed thicker cortexes, which is a sign of more grey matter (red). This, says the doctors who undertook the study, shows that focusing on a “challenging visuospatial task” like a videogame can actually alter the structure of the brain, not just increase brain activity [Wired.com]. But surprisingly, there was no overlap between the regions that became more efficient and those that thickened. Haier says more research must be done to determine how different areas of the brain interact during game playing

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what about playing "email tetris" as i like to call it? i get TONS of email inquiries about music at work and i swear, trying to get to them all is like trying not to let all those pieces reach the top of the brim!
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what about playing "email tetris" as i like to call it? i get TONS of email inquiries at work and i swear, trying to get to them all is like trying not to let all those pieces reach the top of the brim!
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I'd always heard that the "tetris effect" was an adaptation that reduced an individual's performance in the real world, unless your job was as a show roadie packing a truck, or something.
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