To celebrate World Tetris Day on 6th June 2014, the University of Sheffield’s Dr Tom Stafford discusses why such a simple game is so compelling and reveals the psychology behind the enduring appeal of a game we’re still playing 30 years after the first block fell.
Read a column Tom wrote for the BBC about Tetris here: http://mindhacks.com/2012/10/29/bbc-future-column-the-psychology-of-tetris/
The research mentioned on “epistemic action”: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1207/s15516709cog1804_1/abstract
The Zeigarnik Effect: http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/02/the-zeigarnik-effect.php
The article which called Tetris a “pharmatronic”: This Is Your Brain on Tetris http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/2.05/tetris_pr.html