28 Jan 2017

How Tetris can rewire your brain

From This Way Up, 12:25 pm on 28 January 2017
Tetris blocks

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Tetris is an early computer game that came out of Russia to conquer the world. Now scientists have shown that this spatial puzzle can rewire your brain.

'The Tetris Effect' is a way of describing what happens when people spend so much time on an activity that it starts to shape their thoughts and dreams.

Dan Ackerman charts the amazing story of the game and how it emerged from the Eastern Bloc in the Cold War era in his book The Tetris Effect.

Dan Ackerman

Dan Ackerman Photo: (Sarah Tew)