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Playing Tetris can ward off cravings, study says

By Natalie Crofts -- Modified: February 26, 2014 at 8:42 am •  Published: February 26, 2014

The results were published in the journal Appetite.

Researchers said other visual games could also help fight off cravings, but that Tetris may provide the perfect combination of visual stimulation and challenge. It is also easy and fun, so it would be simple for people to apply in their lives.

“We want to test this in the real world,” Andrade told NBC. “We want it to be something as simple as possible, so that people can stop their cravings and then go on living their lives.”

Once a craving has been defeated, the next trick may be to avoid becoming addicted to Tetris in its place. A condition where video games affect the way people think, even when they've finished playing the game, has been dubbed the Tetris Effect.