Have you played our enjoyably addictive game yet? If not, play it now. Remember and Repeat is an online game that puts your concentration to the test, as you memorise colour and icon sequences among a flurry of pop-up notifications aimed to throw you off track.
But besides beating friends and family to the highest score, you can be in with a chance of winning one of two Center Parcs breaks, worth £1,000 each. Interested? All you have to do is play Remember and Repeat, log your score and you’ll automatically be entered into our prize draw.
The science bit
Like every good Disney film, there’s a moral behind our game. If you’re anything like me and find yourself itching to open a notification or eager to clear your inbox before you leave work each day, it’s all in your head.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps to control the brain’s movement, compulsion, reward and pleasure centres, and is involved in forming addictions.
According to this article on Psychology Today, when you receive and clear a notification it stimulates the release of dopamine, giving yourself a ‘chemical reward’ similar to that of a nicotine hit. The study cited in the article goes on to say brain activity is even greater when we’re anticipating a reward, such as an unread email or waiting on a text from a love interest, than when you’re actually opening it. With all of the distractions of modern life, it’s a wonder we get anything done!
Put it to the test
If you took our quiz or saw our infographic, you’ll know we’re relying more on technology than ever before, even on holiday. According to this article on Information Week, phone notifications in particular kill your concentration, even if we try to ignore them.
Do you agree? Put your concentration to the test by playing Remember and Repeat now. Don’t forget to log your score and you could be in with a chance of winning one of two breaks, worth £1,000 each.