I finally updated my iPod Mini to a new Touch, and there's one action I find myself drawn to that I never thought possible--apps for increasing menal acuity. For example, "Unblock Me," a basic app in which the user has to free a colored block by moving the other blocks out of the way, is consuming all of my study/writing breaks. I find this game to be similar to the ads for different Nintendo DS games which test and train your mental age. You know the ones--if you can figure out this pattern, what's the next number in the sequence? All of these games lie on the premise that by increasing your mental capabilities, your memory (which you have presumably lost over time) will increase as well. But are these claims true? Because I research memory and information technologies, I'm interested to see if anyone can point to recent studies of the correlation between mental training video games and increased memory function. I'll be thinking of this more thoroughly, and hope to come back with some more conclusive thoughts. Thanks!