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Date:11/19/2007

Dr. Zelinski said.

"The changes we saw in the experimental group were significantly larger than the gains in the control group," Dr. Zelinski said. "From a researcher's point of view, this was remarkable -- people got better at the tasks trained, those improvements generalized to various standardized measures of memory, and people perceived improvements in their lives."

"My memory improved after I participated in the study," said Marlene Allen of Mill Valley, California, a study participant. "I also felt better and a lot more energized. I really had fun doing the training."

Dr. John Smith of San Anselmo is a semi-retired dentist, still working part-time. He finds that he functions well at work and gave the program credit for his interactions there. "I'm quicker to respond to questions and my memory is better."

"This is a very important study," said Dr. Ron Ruff, a member of the study's Data Review Committee and a former President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, who is now on the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco. "This clearly demonstrates that if healthy older adults engage in the right kind of cognitive training activities, they can enhance their cognitive abilities. This provides a prescription for what we should do as we age."

About Posit Science

Posit Science Corporation develops science-based brain health programs. The company works with more than 50 brain scientists from leading universities around the world to create training programs that enhance cognitive performance. Its assessments and exercises are based on neuroplasticity -- the brain's ability to "rewire" through intensive, repetitive and progressively challenging activity. The company's Brain Fitness Program is distributed without charge by Humana to its Medicare Advantage members, is licensed to more than 150 retirement communities nationwide, is sold online, and by Authorized Providers. Posit Science has received several grants
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