Tetris makes you smarter, for reals

I played a lot of Tetris as a kid (and as a teen, and as a college student, and now) so that means according to a recent study by The Mind Research Network I should be a super genius able to move things with my mind. The study showed that playing Tetris increases gray matter in the brain, which can lead to improved brain efficiency and a thicker cortex. We all know the ladies love a nice thick cortex.

For the study The Mind Research Network, which sounds like something out of a bad science fiction movie, studied adolescent girls over a three month period. In my mind this creates a few too many variables to decide anything conclusive, but there was some logic to studying only adolescent girls. See, adolescents brains are still developing so it is easier to create change, and according to the study girls were chosen because boys typically had “considerably more computer game experience and, therefore, may not show detectable brain change after game practice.”

So maybe I’m not a super genius because I’m a dude. Oh well, back to trying to figure out why I can’t seem to lick my own ear.