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Need a Smoke? Want a Drink? Grab a Game of Tetris Instead

PIC: Damian Yerrick (CC)

PIC: Damian Yerrick (CC)

If you’re trying to quit smoking or have problems with junk food cravings, you might want to go ahead and install the classic time-waster Tetris on your smart phone or tablet. According to a recent study, playing the game for three minutes may help you to quash those cravings.

Via PsyBlog:

One of the study’s authors, Professors Jackie Andrade, explained:

“Episodes of craving normally only last a few minutes, during which time an individual is visualising what they want and the reward it will bring. Often those feelings result in the person giving in and consuming the very thing they are trying to resist. But by playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades.”

In the study 119 people — whose natural cravings were measured beforehand– played the computer game Tetris or they were put into a control condition.

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Playing Tetris Stops Food Cravings

TetrisAre you battling the urge to eat? Or addicted to cigarettes? Gotta have Sex? No problem, just play Tetris and you’ll find the urge lessens! Report from Discovery News:

If cravings are running your life, try playing Tetris. The computer game can lessen the urge for a doughnut, chocolate, a cigarette or maybe even sex, finds a new study published in the journal Appetite.

“We know that cravings are associated with drug use, and early dropout of weight-loss programs,” said Jackie Andrade, a psychology professor at Plymouth University’s Cognition Institute in the U.K. “They make life difficult.”

“It’s not pleasant to be craving,” agreed psychologist David Kavanagh of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

“It’s great to really want to eat or make love, if that’s possible right now. But it’s a torture if you can’t. So, if we can help people deal with craving — blunt it a bit, or give them some time out — it can not only help them stay in control, but it may make them feel a bit better as well.”

The Plymouth researchers, led by Jessica Skorka-Brown, tested the effects of Tetris on individuals who reported “natural” cravings of varying degrees — as opposed to cravings deliberately generated by researchers with chocolates, for instance.

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