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Learn to concentrate with new 'Brain Age' game

4:30 PM, Mar. 1, 2013
With Nintendo's 'Brain Age: Concentration Training,' players practice concentrating by memorizing one thing while also recalling something previously memorized, such as a series of shapes. (Gannett/File)
With Nintendo's 'Brain Age: Concentration Training,' players practice concentrating by memorizing one thing while also recalling something previously memorized, such as a series of shapes. (Gannett/File)
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Emails to check, term papers to write, YouTube videos to watch and Facebook to update. How do today's kids learn to focus in a world where multiple media sources are constantly vying for their attention?

Nintendo thinks it has the answer with its new "Brain Age: Concentration Training" game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is meant to be explored for five minutes a day, during which you play one of eight "Devilish Training" exercises. These activities purport to train you to better use your short-term or "working memory." Does it work? Maybe. The more I played, the better I got at remembering ...

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