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Study shows playing Tetris may be key to controlling cravings

By Holly L. Walters     Aug 16, 2015 in Food
If you have compulsive food cravings that you would like to control, there’s good news. A recent study indicates that playing the popular game Tetris for at least three minutes a day may curb them.
What’s more, the study results suggest that playing the game has also been found to control other addictive behaviors such as cigarette smoking and drinking alcohol. Even sex addicts can control their compulsion by playing Tetris, researchers believe.
The study was designed to understand Tetris's impact on the subject's food cravings. During the study, they found out that it had an effect on other "natural" cravings, according to Jobs & Hire.
The experiment was discussed by Jackie Andrade, a psychology professor at Plymouth's Cognition Institute, who acknowledged that these type of compulsions make life difficult. She stated that, “We know that cravings are associated with drug use, and early dropout of weight-loss programs.”
The research was conducted by Queensland University and the UK's Plymouth University. Details of the experiment and its findings are featured in the Addictive Behaviors journal, the Tech Times reports.
In the study, researchers asked a small group comprised of 31 undergraduates to report their cravings. The study group was made up of those who have what is defined as "natural" cravings or cravings that are not brought on by the subject's exposure to a tantalizing object.
During the research, half of the subjects were asked to play Tetris for 3 to 5 minutes for seven days. Those who were asked to pay Tetris were able to play it through IPods that were loaded with the game.
The other half of the research group were put in front of a computer's unchanging loading screen for the same amount of time. They were then asked to rate their cravings after the two experiences and were then checked to see if the methods used lessened their desire for their natural cravings.
Andrade and her colleagues went over the data collected. One of the significant findings was that the undergraduates that played Tetris reported 24 percent weaker cravings than those that sat in front of the loading screen.
Researchers have additionally discovered that the video game is effective in cutting down on cravings and addiction because it distracts parts of the brain that is responsible for the imagery of an object that is responsible for these compulsions. The way that Tetris requires the gamer to utilize line creation and rotating shapes help block this mental process.
The fun tile-matching video game Tetris was originally designed and programmed by developer, Alexey Pajitnov. The game, or a form of it, can be found on computer operator systems and almost every video game console, along with other platforms.
We reported in February, 2014 that this isn't the first time that a video game shows health benefits. Researchers at Nottingham-Trent University found out that fitness video games are beneficial in helping new mothers lose their post-partum weight gain in just three months.
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