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Research Article

Key Steps in Developing a Cognitive Vaccine against Traumatic Flashbacks: Visuospatial Tetris versus Verbal Pub Quiz

  • Emily A. Holmes mail,

    emily.holmes@psych.ox.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Ella L. James,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Emma J. Kilford,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Catherine Deeprose

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Published: November 10, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013706

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PTS in the military

Posted by Bartle on 24 Nov 2010 at 16:59 GMT

In both Experiments, playing Tetris post-trauma film reduced flashbacks. Pub Quiz did not have this effect, even increasing flashbacks in Experiment 1. Thus not all computer games are beneficial or merely distracting post-trauma - some may be harmful.
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0013706#article1.front1.article-meta1.abstract1.sec3.p1

This research may be very significant for the military especially as they tend to have in-depth de-briefing sessions soon after a traumatic incident. This research tends to suggest that the practice of de-briefing soldiers will exacerbate the problem rather than help to alleviate it.

No competing interests declared.