Remind Me... What Memory Games? : Blog Of The Nation My desk is full of post-its (nasty purple ones, but that's an issue I'll take up with our supply company). And not because I'm particularly organized... it's actually the opposite. I'd forget my name if weren't written on my NPR ID. Right now, the...
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My desk is full of post-its (nasty purple ones, but that's an issue I'll take up with our supply company). And not because I'm particularly organized... it's actually the opposite. I'd forget my name if weren't written on my NPR ID. Right now, there's a post-it on my keyboard that says, "General 9AM" to remind me to call Gen. Joseph Hoar this morning. Another note says something about NASA, one about Larry Craig's press conference last week (apparently I also never throw anything out), one that just says "Fri, 27th" that I have no idea what it means. There are more, but you get the idea. I babble all of this because we're talking about memory today, or the lack of it, and if there's any way to get it back. Nintendo, Mattel, online software companies, and I'm sure there are others all have games that claim to exercise your brain. And improve sharpness and memory in the process. I tend to be skeptical of just about any claim like this, but we found people who have tested these games to see if they work, and they'll tell us what they found today. Have you tried any of these games? Do they work?