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" If you've ever closed your eyes and seen tetrominoes falling into place, orAngry Birds slamming into stone walls, you're experiencing "game transfer phenomena," and it involves more than mentally playing a game long after it's finished.

The first ever academic paper on this condition is due to be published in the International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, say the authors behind the study, Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari of Nottingham Trent University and Karin Aronsson of Stockholm University. Game transfer phenomena happen "when video game elements are associated with real life elements, triggering subsequent thoughts, sensations and/or player actions.''

Jesse Singal, writing for The Boston Globe's op-ed page, notes the paper's findings and his own experience with game transfer phenomena, most recently in Portal 2. "When I stopped playing - especially at night - the symptoms kicked in. Sleep was almost impossible. I could still feel and see myself moving around the game's corridors and rooms, especially when I closed my eyes." Singal said he felt as if his brain was still trying to solve the game's puzzles.

The paper is based on gamers' interpretations of their own experiences, and its authors say the issue needs a more rigorous examination. Some may be more susceptible to game transfer phenomena than others. "None of this is a reason to stop playing video games or yank your kids away from them," Singal writes.

"But it is yet another reminder that our immersion in technology is far outpacing our ability to find out what it might be doing to us," he concludes."


Sources:

http://kotaku.com/5801951/study-of-game-transfer-phenomena-examines-why-some-get-tetris+o n+the+brain

http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-14/bostonglobe/29543495_1_video-games-gaming-days-gamers


Comments:
Comment by cyberpsyke on May 25, 2012, 3:05 am
Hello!!! I enjoyed to read your comments. I am working in my third study about Game Transfer Phenomena. I want to invite you to participate in the Game Transfer Phenomena project (GTP). The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. I am doing it as part of my PhD. www.gametransferphenomena.com/survey.html
Comment by Kitaru on May 22, 2011, 10:23 pm
Old... This is just the Tetris Effect. cfb has the right idea.
Comment by cfb on May 21, 2011, 2:32 pm
Anything you do often, will have this effect. Not just tetris or some other game. I bet most tetris players have played tetris in their minds. Soccer players might think about how to perfect their next goal. It keeps your brain fit. If you start to think about your girlfriend in blocks, then you might have to take a few days off.
Comment by DTM_Derrick on May 18, 2011, 2:11 pm
tetris and for me most recently bejeweled blitz has this effect on me , i'll b thinking or dreaming of pieces falling or switching , i believe in some sense its jus as good as practice seein the piece falling and seeing the already placed pieces and solving the problem
Comment by NoManual on May 16, 2011, 12:21 am
I often think about tetris, sometimes when I talk to my mother or sometimes when I play other games or lying in bed. Really cool that someone acctually wrote a paper on it though.
Comment by Pusher on May 16, 2011, 12:04 am
I often think of gaming in real life, but whenever I have 10 thoughts in a row, they all suddenly disappear...
Comment by tozarian on May 15, 2011, 8:29 am
does thinking with portals make your brain more efficient though?

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