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Tetris as treatment—Adults with the visual cortex disorder amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” may benefit from playing the popular video game Tetris. A study in Current Biology (2013, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2013.01.059) suggests that the game forces both eyes to cooperate, and is more effective than the traditional treatment strategy of an eye patch. Researchers tested 18 adults with amblyopia, who played Tetris for one hour each day—half played with eye patches, and the other half played dichoptically (with each eye able to see a separate part of the game). After two weeks, the group who played dichoptically showed a significant improvement of vision in the weaker eye as well as in three dimensional depth perception. The eye patch group had moderate improvements, which increased substantially after switching to the dichoptic training.
Amusement rides not so amusing—Rollercoasters aren’t all fun, according to a retrospective analysis of injuries related to amusement rides by the Center