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Tetris Effect

I was recently reminded of the Tetris effect whereby a person who plays Tetris a lot starts to imagine how real world objects would fit together or imagine tetrominoes falling from the sky. In other words, the rules of the game become a mental habit.

I’ve recently started to notice the same effect with Go. I’ve begun to evaluate the tactical strength of any series of dots. I’ve also started to dream about Go positions. Odd.

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  1. Travis said,

    July 16, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

    Yes, the Tetris effect is real. I played Tetris non-stop as a kid on my game boy. It seems that if you immerse yourself into something so thoroughly, your mind begins to work in that realm even when your not directly involved with it. It seems to me that this also happens in other facets of life, including your profession, religious life as well as leisure time. I think this also relates to why keeping busy in the church keeps people in it.

  2. Jonathan Blake said,

    July 16, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    Wow! Way to stay on topic!

    I hadn’t even considered that angle, but yes, I can see it. The more we immerse ourselves in a particular way of thinking, the more the world seems to morph itself to our mental habits. Immerse yourself into Katamari Damacy, and you start to see progressions of objects to stick to each other. Immerse yourself in the idea that Satan is behind the evils of the world, and you start to make connections that appear to confirm these beliefs.

    I wonder how much this also applies to atheism? Hmm…

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