“Victims” of Tetris syndrome

The colloquially known as Tetris effect or syndrome is an event that happens to people whose intensity has been great activity. And you probably also has occurred to you.

When I first read it I did not believe it. It seemed a matter unfounded. Almost ridiculous. Then I began to remember my first jobs and how assailed me in nightmares or when putting a blank mind. I suddenly remembered some conversation with a friend. And then I realized that maybe this Tetris syndrome is no nonsense. Can I have more than what appears after this strange effect, perhaps misnamed syndrome? We will explain what it is and how this obsessive effect works on what we know so far .

What is the syndrome of Tetris?

In 1994 article was a summary of the appearance of Tetris, one of the most important games it is published the history. The “Tetris effect” which refers to an almost obsessive behavior with respect to the game: in it, also a curious term is coined. I did not know Goldsmith, the author, it is that likely would find to something bigger: a syndrome. O well, something. But before I continue on this course. What does it consist of? Is called “Tetris effect” or the ability Tetris syndrome having an activity of our life condition after having repeated a long or intense. Thus, a game like Tetris or another do we think according to the lines that raises the gameplay. Or not stop thinking about the game itself. It is even able to influence our dreams or create light hallucinations.

The people who “suffer” of Tetris syndrome are even able to hear or see things connected without these have appeared in no time The people who “suffer” from Tetris syndrome are even able to hear or see things related to the game without these exist: for example a similar sound or an identified image with some of the game . I remember the conversation with my friend, he explained to me that after an intense session playing Half-Life trying to enlarge and zoom of the people who saw around making movements of fingers typing the click right mouse. He told me as funny, anecdotal. But there are people who have been in unpleasant situations. And this is not only true of video games. An intense activity can cause a stressful situation and we can not get out. I still remember the nightmares box supermarket where I got my first summer job, many years ago

Some effects more


Tetris syndrome is not yet recognized as a disease, as well as something to exist only colloquial and not, of course, in medical jargon. But its effects are known in several areas. For example, the kinesthetic effect does feel the ship heaves when we are already on the ground is associated, for the moment, to this effect. It has also been observed in speedcubers , those specialized in solving three-dimensional, such as the Rubik’s Cube puzzle people; and visualize and feel the touch of the puzzles they work. Some even consider having dreamed and programmed in a dream , and have tried to solve a mathematical procedure common shares of the house.

A complicated “syndrome”

By now call “syndrome” to Tetris syndrome is still somewhat risky. This is basically because both its causes (etiology), as their “clinical” is unknown if there is a concrete box . What we have tried to address some neurologists and doctors are part of the functioning of its effects. For example, some studies suggest that the quid . This takes care of memory and executive motor necessary skills to perform a task. It is what is known as executive system, which guides the activity and usually works at an unconscious level. When necessary, the procedural memories are automatically retrieved for use in execution. So these vigorous activities would be in this section of memory, emerging occasionally recurrent unexpected. But what the shoot?

A study shows that the Tetris effect can help combat traumatic On the other hand, this same scenario has been used experiences to investigate the process of amnesia and other neurological problems, opening new avenues to explore. Another interesting study shows that the Tetris effect, can help combat traumatic experiences blocking flashbacks negative in number and intensity thanks to the effect of repetitive images. Moreover, the cases where the syndrome caused Tetris truly negative effects are few , and not very serious, so still lack medical literature about it. However, the effect is there, and the most and the least has been a “victim of Tetris syndrome.” Is it important enough to mint its own term? Who knows, only time, as often happens in these cases, will tell.


“Victims” of Tetris syndrome
Source: english  
January 25, 2016

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