The Tetris effect

I was looking for some new resources for our creative imagery group at the Sue Wortman Cancer Center and ran across the term “the Tetris effect.” Apparently this is a thing. Visualization teachers have suggested that because of the way in which the brain continues to play with Tetris stimuli (seeing colorful blocks sometimes falling along the edges of the reality you are viewing, or noticing blocks sliding into spaces as you drift off to sleep at night), playing the game Tetris can actually be a calming and focusing technique to try before you begin to visualize an outcome you would like to experience.

So before you visualize yourself getting that new job, meeting your perfect partner, or healing your illness, play a few minutes of Tetris first to focus your mind and get it into pattern-making mode. Who knows what blocks might fall into place? 🙂


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