There has been research showing that certain training software increases concentration and working memory ability in children and adults, healthy or with illnesses (e.g ADHD, addictions). I was wondering if the same kinds of games would enhance concentration in meditation. Further, it was shown in some of the studies that training concentration in one task transfers over to others. So there is good reason to believe that this would transfer over to meditation.
A few studies
This game is free so if you feel like playing with it, try it out:
This is a "dual n-back" task. It's basically a matching task. It presents a square in different positions and reads out a letter. The task is to indicate whether the current square/letter matches the previous one based on location, letter, or both (hence "dual"). The "n" is a the number of steps back you're matching. So if n=1 then you're seeing if it matches the previous one, if n=2 you have to remember two steps back (I suggest starting with n=1. This is a major brain workout.)
There are also several games available at . You have to register to play, but you can register and play certain games for free. I like "speed match."
So if anyone is inclined to try this out and see if it helps their meditation, I'd be curious to know. It's probably going to take more than one session, probably over a few weeks to see significant improvement. Of course, this would be in addition to meditation, not in place of it. But it's free and doesn't take much time, so there's nothing really to lose.
[Edit] P.S. I know that some of those papers say "working memory" but it applies directly to meditation. Holding the object of meditation in mind and not wandering to extraneous distractions would be classified as "working memory" in psychology lingo.