July 13, 2022

Ep 10- The mental health benefits of video games- YES, really!!!

Ep 10- The mental health benefits of video games- YES, really!!!

Arnelle (Shayna's bestie) and Matt (Kathy's husband) join Shayna and Kathy to talk video games. Matt and Kathy bring the Gen X perspective, and Shayna and Arnelle weigh in as Millennials. And believe it or not, there are some very real mental health benefits to playing video games.

 Citations and Resources:

The Psychology Behind Video Games During Covid 19 Pandemic: A Case Study of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Reducing intrusive traumatic memories after emergency cesarean section: A proof of principle randomized controlled study 

Tetris and Word games lead to fewer intrusive memories when applied several days after analogue trauma

Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms

How Playing Tetris Tames The Trauma Of A Car Crash

Post-traumatic stress disorder: alleviating flashbacks by playing Tetris

Artwork by Matthew Gwaltney- https://www.bdbumblebee.com

Editing by Ryan Merrill

Intro Music is "Call to Adventure" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)-Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License


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Arnelle Pigott

Arnelle (she/her)- Completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work and works to help people get access to public assistance benefits. She can best be described as a cat lover, but her true nerdy soul lies in her love of anime, video games, and curling up on her "magical couch" reading on her kindle.

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Matt (He/Him)


Matt has worked in social services for over 20 years, almost exclusively with trauma survivors. He is also a total geek and a collector. Matt's favorites include Star Wars, DC (comics), Marvel (movies) and, video games. He also happens to be the love of Kathy's life.