Posit Science Invited to Speak at Johns Hopkins University About Cutting Edge Cognitive Training Interventions

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 General News
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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2 At a symposium today hosted by JohnsHopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Posit Science researchers presentedthe latest research in brain plasticity and how the company is translating thescience into technology to improve lives. Henry Mahncke, Ph.D., and LailaSpina, Psy.D., presented evidence that cognitive intervention developed byPosit Science can facilitate neuroplasticity, the brain's ability toreorganize itself throughout life. This strengthening of the brain can have apositive impact on a wide variety of conditions from healthy aging to MildCognitive Impairment (MCI) to "Chemobrain."

Among the research cited by the Posit Science scientists was the IMPACTstudy, the largest study ever done on a commercially available cognitivetraining program. Led by scientists from Mayo Clinic and the University ofSouthern California, IMPACT studied the effects of doing the Brain FitnessProgram on adults 65+. The program consists of 6 computer exercises designedto facilitate neuroplasticity and strengthen the brain, thereby improvingmemory and speed of processing. The study proved that mature adults can makestatistically significant gains in these areas by doing this kind of braintraining.

The researchers also cited a smaller study led by scientists from theUniversity of California at San Francisco and the University of California atDavis that investigated the effects of the same training on people with MildCognitive Impairment (MCI). As many as 85% of patients with MCI go on todevelop Alzheimer's disease. Preliminary data from the study indicatesignificant improvements in those who did the Brain Fitness program trainingwhile those who did not continued to decline.

Drs. Mahncke and Spina also shared research showing that training on theBrain Fitness Program helps cancer patients with the condition known as"Chemobrain." "Chemobrain" affects people's ability to concentrate, makedecisions and fulfill family, career and community responsibilities. In thepilot study, Posit Science researchers studied the impact of training on theBrain Fitness Program on people with "Chemobrain." Study results showed that94% of participants experienced positive changes in their overall wellbeingand reported statistically significant improvements in cognitive function,stress levels and health-related quality of life.

The meeting was attended by rehabilitation therapists, social workers aswell as Johns Hopkins staff neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists.

Dr. Mahncke is Vice President of Research and Outcomes at Posit Science.Dr. Spina is a research neuropsychologist.

About Posit Science:

Posit Science is the leading provider of clinically validated brainfitness programs. The company works with more than 50 scientists fromprestigious universities to design and test its computer-based programs. Morethan 30 published papers show that in randomized controlled trials thecompany's patented technologies significantly increase processing speed,improve memory and attention, and enhance the quality of everyday life. PositScience has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and hasreceived numerous awards and accolades. The company's products, scientistsand science are currently featured in the PBS documentaries "The Brain FitnessProgram" and "Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound." For more information, visithttp://www.PositScience.com or call 1-866-599-6463.

SOURCE Posit Science Corporation

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