Matt Keezer's Thoughts on Tetris

Matt Keezer

Matt Keezer

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, February 24, 2021 / — If you have never heard of the Tetris effect, then this article is about to take you into your biggest discovery just yet. We caught up with Matt Keezer and he describes the Tetris effect as wholly electrifying, mind-blowing, intriguing, and every other intelligent adjective that comes close to defining the experience. Not only is it fascinating in an unusual sense, it also exposes one to more ways in which the human brain works (and when it comes to psychology, there are never enough surprises).

As you must know, our everyday activities are what shapes us. The dutiful execution of activities from the first thing on your daily to-do list — brushing your teeth — to the last — having a cold shower — makes up a large part of who we are, what we become. As an example, spending hours in the kitchen, whether it’s your mother forcing you to or not, ought to teach you a lot about cooking. What takes up the larger part of your time is surely going to have an impact on you, your brain. Once, there was a story of a boy who read everyday and fell sick on the day he did not. That’s how big of an impact an activity can have on you. Take the Tetris effect as a more keen example.

The Tetris effect is named after a popular video game. Tetris is a Russian video game created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, first published by Nintendo. In 2011, it was ranked as one of the best-selling video games. Since its inception, the game has stirred its players in many ways, arousing feelings ranging from anger to excitement, luring them into devoting hours to it. It is played by moving blocks of different shapes as they descend into the playing field, and ends when the playing field is filled up. It is so fascinating that people of all ages play; old and young, and so addictive that hours is spent on the video game. Studies also show that it can affect a person’s way of thinking. Matt Keezer says don’t fret. It is an absolutely safe game to play with zero dangers mentally; psychologically. On the contrary, it teaches us more about the human brain. To understand why it is so powerful, read on to the last word.

What Exactly Is The Tetris Effect? When it comes to psychology and exploring the mind, Tetris is one of the most widely studied video games. It is designed in such a way that when studied, it also helps us understand how the human brain is influenced by its theoretical complexity. Tetris fascinates to the extent that it affects your subconscious. It seeps into your dreams; manifests in mental images; influences your thoughts. But as it is in every other thing, the people who are most affected by this, are the ones who spend a lot of time on the video game. A surprising belief: they may begin to see the world through the lens of the game, buildings as blocks that should be fitted so closely together without the gap of streets.

In real life, people who play the game may be tempted to act on the impulses triggered by playing Tetris. In their level of organization, it may show in the way they fit objects so closely together, be it books on a shelf or tools in a cupboard. Some extremist people may even see Tetris falling from the sky! Hilarious, right? For Matt, he developed a keen interest in gardening.

Some people were reported to have witnessed obstacles in their dreams — which were, in the victim’s mind, symbolic of the hurdles in the game. As interesting as that was, what really fascinated the scientists who ran these studies is that a game could have such a huge impact on the brain.

By playing the game, the urge to return to other addictions is decreased by at least one-fifth. An incredible feat for a video game, if you ask me. Furthermore, the urge to use drugs or even something as basic as eating, is simply driven by the mental pressure to achieve that goal the same pressure it would apply on achieving any goal and the imaginary bliss it would produce. A hypothesis was reached: in order to curb any desire, a distraction is needed. People have to be diverted from such fantasies.
Playing Tetris can free people from their addictions, or at least, taper it down a great deal, Matt Keezer believes. The game used so much of the brain’s visual and spatial systems. It disperses the different functions of the brain, such that each part is busy with a different task while the game is being played. This hinders dormancy of any sector of the brain, while also utilizing it long enough for other desires to subside.

Tetris iPod touch was installed for 31 participants alone. In a week, the participants were tasked with playing different games daily, while having their desire levels accessed at the same time. The latter was done to monitor the psychological response to these activities, which distracted them from their other desires.

The result of this showed: Playing Tetris for three minutes reduced the intensity of cravings for addictive substances such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, sex, social interaction, and as long as the list runs. It reduced the cravings by 13.9 percentage points, which is about one-fifth of the time during the entire seven day study period.

The results were very encouraging and lasted for a whole week. Matt Keezer concluded, saying, “It is an unusual and interesting miracle, but because it has worked does not quite conclude it. Over time, the participants may grow fond of this, more familiar and the benefits, still there, might take a deep decline.” That is to say that the study only proves that the Tetris effect is of its greatest essence.

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New release: The Spanish-English Dictionary of Gardening and Landscaping

some of the beautiful flowers at Casa Tobala

The Spanish-English Dictionary of Gardening and Landscaping

Get ready to do some planting!

OAXACA, OAXACA, MEXICO, February 19, 2021 / — ALIFORM PUBLISHING is proud to announce the release of its newest publication.

The Spanish-English Dictionary of Gardening and Landscaping
El diccionario español-inglés de jardinería y paisajismo

The Spanish-English Dictionary of Gardening and Landscaping is a useful tool for both professionals and homeowners. Flowers, plants and trees; fruits, herbs and vegetables; the garden, greenhouse and nursery; tools, materials and hardware, and much more, all in a categorized, easy-to-read format.

El diccionario español-inglés de jardinería y paisajismo es una herramienta útil para ambos profesionales y propietarios. Flores, plantas y árboles; frutas, hierbas y vegetales; el jardín, el invernadero y el vivero; herramientas, materiales y ferretería, y mucho más, en un formato categorizado y fácil a leer.

Now available in both paperback and ebook format.

This bilingual dictionary is part of our series "The Spanish-English Dictionary of…" Check out The Bilingual Dictionary of the Building Trades, Spanish English and look for our upcoming dictionaries of cooking and auto mechanics.

Book editor Jay Miskowiec holds his PhD in comparative literature from the City University of New York. At present he is the co-director of Earthquake Arts in San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca. When he's not translating Latin American novels, you'll find him in his garden getting his hands dirty.

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A Mom's Lasting Legacy

Mom's Poetry

Mom’s Poetry

A match made in heaven—a mother's love and poetry

COOKSTOWN, NEW JERSEY, USA, February 16, 2021 / — Mothers and poetry have more similarities than we think, as both are overflowing with emotions, almost inexplicable, and both are beacons, guiding and lighting our paths when it gets too dark. So for these trying times, Kathleen Dunleavy's Mom's Poetry will remind us of our fond memories of the past and dire situations we have been through but conquered, thus igniting our hearts with hope that someday, things will be fine again.

Mom’s Poetry is a collection of poems written by Kathleen to memorialize—and share—her personal experiences in life. Her pieces are peaceful and spiritual, especially her poem dedicated to the family members who lost a loved one from the tragic 9-11 disaster. She shares her prayers and personal take on the incident, as well as her reflections on family deaths. Although there are lyrical pieces that are heavy to take, Kathleen balances it out with light-hearted poems about art, pets, nature, and the beauty in little, everyday things that are often overlooked by many.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert, a satisfied reader and reviewer from Hollywood Book Reviews says that she highly recommends the book. She shares, "Entirely a beautiful journey through a creative and expressive mind, I enjoyed reading Mom’s Poetry by author Kathleen Dunleavy. She is an intensely talented woman whose unconditional love for her family and friends truly shines through her artistic endeavors. As well, I found the sentiments both relatable and ultimately entertaining and as a mother myself, can completely relate to the desire to memorialize family, and events for future generations to read. In particular, I really enjoyed the artwork as well as the Thanksgiving poems, they were creative, engaging, and presented family gatherings in a new light."

Kathleen is a mother of four, a grandmother of eleven, and a great-grandmother of two. Her primary interests are her family, children, gardening, walking, writing, spirituality, benevolence, and music. She is an accomplished pianist and organist. Visit

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The Clarian Academy Opens for Registration

The Clarian Academy Preschool opens its doors for its pre-k and kindergarten programs.

USA, February 15, 2021 / — Atlanta, Georgia- The Clarian Academy, located in Atlanta. Georgia opens its doors again for its in-person STEM-oriented pre-k and kindergarten programs. Play, Learn and Grow with STEM–Clarian Academy offers in-person and hybrid learning opportunities to best fit the needs of your family.

"We fully understand and share the growing concerns about COVID-19 and its effect on families and local communities." – The Clarian Academy

At Clarian Academy, we are dedicated to ensuring that our students, staff, and families stay safe during the school year through added safety measures and by following governance shared with us by the Georgia Department of Health.
"The Clarian Academy is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for our little scholars." – The Clarian Academy.

We have ensured that different learning opportunities are available to fit each family's comfortability moving forward into the school year. We understand that while some families may be prepared to return to in-person learning, some families may not. Clarian Academy hires certified teachers to teach all our classes, both online and in-person.

"The Clarian Academy will nurture the intellect, desire, and heart of the whole child to flourish both academically and socially." –The Clarian Academy.

A child's early learning is critical to their development. At Clarian Academy, we work with ZSpace instructional technology to provide artificial intelligence and virtual reality experiences to support our students' math and science objectives. Children also participate in outdoor gardening to experience the basics of horticulture.

The Clarian Academy is currently offering an early bird discount of 10% off tuition for the first three months for those who schedule a tour and register their child(ren).

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Raleigh’s Juniper Level Botanic Garden to open 8 weekends in 2021

Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Raleigh, NC – Courtesy of Julie Dixon

“Gardening allows us to get outside and draw healing energy from the earth" – Tony Avent, Proprietor, Juniper Level Botanic Garden

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, February 3, 2021 / — Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a $7.5 million gift to North Carolina State University, will open eight weekends during 2021 for public viewing, plant purchases, and free advice from the experts. There is no admission fee.

“Two open garden weekends are scheduled each season,” said founder and benefactor Tony Avent. “Winter has turned out to be the most important because people can see how the garden is put together. They can see the bones of the garden.

“There are so many incredible plants in the garden in the winter, both for form, for texture, and in flower. Wonderful things from broadleaf evergreens, to conifers, to evergreen perennials. A garden doesn’t have to be a flat pallet of mulch in the wintertime. This is what your garden can look like.”

Winter visitation weekends are February 26-28 and March 5-7.

“With more people working and staying at home and trapped indoors, gardening boomed throughout 2020,” said Avent. “Gardening allows us to get outside and draw healing energy from the earth. Gardening is especially beneficial during tough times, not to mention the beauty and joy it brings.”

Established in 1988 south of downtown Raleigh, the not-for-profit Juniper Level Botanic Garden has grown into a 28-acre conservation and inspiration garden whose mission is to discover, grow, study, propagate and share the world’s flora.

Participating in dozens of domestic and international plant expeditions since the mid-90s, Avent amassed one of the world’s most diverse plant collections. “Currently, we have just over 27,000 different kinds of plants,” explained Avent. “That makes our botanic garden one of the top five collections in the United States.

“We knew the climate was changing and wanted to preserve plants. Many of the plants we found on our trips are now extinct in the wild, and we’re the only place they exist. The more the climate changes, the more paramount it becomes to preserve these plants for human benefit.

“We have always had a close connection with North Carolina State University and JC Raulston Arboretum. The Arboretum’s mission and ours are identical. To collect, study, propagate and share plants. The Arboretum’s primary focus is woody plants, and Juniper Level’s focus is primarily perennial plants.

“Raulston Arboretum currently has about 7,000 different plants. Between this collection and the 27,000 at Juniper Level, the result is one of the largest and top collections in the world of genetics.

“We set up an endowment through the university. When the endowment for the garden is fully funded, that will allow us to open full-time as a public garden and a sister to Raulston Arboretum,” added Avent.

Meanwhile, operational funding for Juniper Level Botanic Garden continues to be provided by plant sales, growing and shipping over 100,000 plants each year, and selling plants during the open garden weekends.

Fundraising efforts for Juniper Level Botanic Garden in conjunction with JC Raulston Arboretum, operate under the auspices of The Endowment Fund of North Carolina State University, a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax ID 56-6000756. Donors receive an official receipt for contributions to the fund.

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