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I’ve started the Honours years in my Psychology degree and this year’s Psychopathology paper allows us to choose one of four Themes – I’ve opted to write my paper on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

I’ll be doing a fair bit of serious research and readings over the next few months as I write draft after draft whilst fine-tuning the final product. That being said, it’s great to start the research off with something that ties into one of my many other hobbies – videogames.

A research paper published in 2009 sought to find out whether playing Tetris can reduce the occurrence of visual flashbacks after a traumatic experience. The main theory is that flashbacks are visuospatial mental images and any visuospatial task (such as a computer game) will compete for the limited resources within our brains thus reducing the flashbacks common to PTSD.

Read the full article at PLoS ONE: Can Playing the Computer Game “Tetris” Reduce the Build-Up of Flashbacks for Trauma? A Proposal from Cognitive Science