Playing Tetris for a few minutes a day could help you kick an addiction

The study was conducted by psychologists from Plymouth University and Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Over a seven-day period, the researchers observed and recorded information on participants with varying addictions. Some of these included dependencies on drugs, cigarettes, food, alcohol, coffee, and sex.

The study consisted of 31 undergraduates ranging in age from 18 to 27. Each participant was prompted via text message to record and report their cravings seven times a day. They were encouraged to report even more if they wanted to. Out of the 31 participants, 15 were asked to play Tetris on an iPod for three minutes before reporting their craving levels again.

The researchers found that playing Tetris had a tangible effect on the cravings that participants were feeling. “Playing Tetris decreased craving strength for drugs, food, and activities from 70% to 56%. This is the first demonstration that cognitive interference can be used outside the lab to reduce cravings for substances and activities other than eating,” said Jackie Andrade, who is a professor at Plymouth University who helped conduct the study…

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