Looking for Patterns – The Tetris Effect
On How I Met Your Mother, we saw many words of encouragement on Barney’s office wall. Even on facebook many pages were created giving daily motivation thoughts with the intention to make public spirited. Even in the last post I posted some pictures of words on my bedroom wall.
These are just merely to find patterns in our thoughts and as hard as we could we try to ingest the best great thoughts as possible.
Since the essence of positive psychology is about WHAT WORKS, are these practices works? As promised in this post, I’ll touch on the book that changed my view, The Happiness Advantage, written by Harvard Psychologist, Shawn Achor.
The third principle presented by the book called THE TETRIS EFFECT.
The principle got its name from the tetris game, a deceptively simple game where players rotate and move four kinds of shape that fall from above to the bottom. When unbroken horizontal line of block formed, that line will disappear. Players need to arrange as many unbroken horizontal lines as possible and lose the game when the blocks reach the ceiling of the screen.
The game is SIMPLE, sounds BORING, but surprisingly ADDICTIVE!
“In a study at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, researchers paid 27 people to play Tetris for multiple hours a day, three days in a row. For days after the study, some participants literally couldn’t stop dreaming about shapes falling from the sky. Others couldn’t stop seeing these shapes everywhere, even in their waking hours. Quite simply, they couldn’t stop seeing their world as being made up of sequences of Tetris blocks.” The Happiness Advantage, page 88
While simple game can create patterns in the human mind, hacking them with good things continuously might work creating a better life. That had been explained well in the book. I will write more but won’t reveal everything just yet. If you can’t wait, go get THEM!
Posted on October 5, 2012, in Theory and tagged better life, fine mind, harvard, negative tetris effect, personal growth, positive patterns, positive psychology, positive tetris effect, psychology, self-help, shawn achor, tetris, tetris effect, the happiness advantage. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.