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

December 2, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — At a symposium today hosted by Johns
Hopkins University
in Baltimore, Maryland, Posit Science researchers presented
the latest research in brain plasticity and how the company is translating the
science into technology to improve lives. Henry Mahncke, Ph.D., and Laila
Spina
, Psy.D., presented evidence that cognitive intervention developed by
Posit Science can facilitate neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to
reorganize itself throughout life. This strengthening of the brain can have a
positive impact on a wide variety of conditions from healthy aging to Mild
Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to “Chemobrain.”

Among the research cited by the Posit Science scientists was the IMPACT
study, the largest study ever done on a commercially available cognitive
training program. Led by scientists from Mayo Clinic and the University of
Southern California
, IMPACT studied the effects of doing the Brain Fitness
Program on adults 65+. The program consists of 6 computer exercises designed
to facilitate neuroplasticity and strengthen the brain, thereby improving
memory and speed of processing. The study proved that mature adults can make
statistically significant gains in these areas by doing this kind of brain
training.

The researchers also cited a smaller study led by scientists from the
University of California at San Francisco and the University of California at
Davis
that investigated the effects of the same training on people with Mild
Cognitive Impairment (MCI). As many as 85% of patients with MCI go on to
develop Alzheimer’s disease. Preliminary data from the study indicate
significant improvements in those who did the Brain Fitness program training
while those who did not continued to decline.

Drs. Mahncke and Spina also shared research showing that training on the
Brain Fitness Program helps cancer patients with the condition known as
“Chemobrain.” “Chemobrain” affects people’s ability to concentrate, make
decisions and fulfill family, career and community responsibilities. In the
pilot study, Posit Science researchers studied the impact of training on the
Brain Fitness Program on people with “Chemobrain.” Study results showed that
94% of participants experienced positive changes in their overall wellbeing
and reported statistically significant improvements in cognitive function,
stress levels and health-related quality of life.

The meeting was attended by rehabilitation therapists, social workers as
well 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 brain
fitness programs. The company works with more than 50 scientists from
prestigious universities to design and test its computer-based programs. More
than 30 published papers show that in randomized controlled trials the
company’s patented technologies significantly increase processing speed,
improve memory and attention, and enhance the quality of everyday life. Posit
Science has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and has
received numerous awards and accolades. The company’s products, scientists
and science are currently featured in the PBS documentaries “The Brain Fitness
Program” and “Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound.” For more information, visit
http://www.PositScience.com or call 1-866-599-6463.

SOURCE Posit Science Corporation


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