Got cravings? Playing Tetris To Reduce Cravings for Food and Sex

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The researchers monitored the participants’ craving levels by having them report through text messaging any cravings that they might be feeling during study. People who spend at least three minutes playing Tetris on their smartphones have less cravings for food, drugs, sleep and sex, according to latest study by researchers in Australia and the United Kingdom. In a study featured in the Addictive Behaviors journal, Plymouth researcher Jackie Andrade and her colleagues examined data collected from 31 undergraduate students, between 18 and 27 years old, who were asked to play the popular block-shifting puzzle video game throughout the course of seven days.

 

 

  • The undergraduates were also encouraged to proactively report their cravings without the need for the researchers’ prompts.
  • A team of psychologists from the Queensland University of Technology and the Plymouth University studied the potential effects of playing the video game Tetris on the desires of people regarding food and other substances, such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Among the total number of participants, 15 of them were asked to play the mind-stimulating game on an iPod for about three minutes before having them report their cravings again.

 

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