Navigation Links
Computerized Brain Exercise Improves Memory
Date:4/6/2009

Breakthrough Study Led by USC and Mayo Clinic of Posit Science Software

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Older adults can significantly improve their memory and performance at everyday activities by training with computerized brain exercises, according to a study published today in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The randomized controlled trial of 487 healthy older adults was led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Southern California. Half were assigned to a group that trained with brain fitness software for four to five hours a week for eight weeks. The other half spent an equal amount of time doing traditional coursework on the computer, involving lectures and quizzes.

The study found that 97 percent of those using the software, The Brain Fitness Program(TM) from Posit Science(R), increased their processing speed -- typically more than doubling their speed, with an average increase of 131 percent. They also experienced gains on standard measures of memory and attention of 10 years, on average. In addition, participants reported significant improvements in performing everyday activities.

The gains of the brain exercise group were clinically significant; the gains of the lecture group were significantly smaller and not clinically significant.

The Brain Fitness Program was developed by a global team of neuroscientists. It consists of six computer exercises that continuously adjust based on performance.

Marlene Allen, aged 75, of Mill Valley, California, participated in the study. "Now I don't have to write down shopping lists," said Ms. Allen. "And I almost never walk into a room and forget why anymore."

"The changes we saw in the experimental group were remarkable," said Liz Zelinski, PhD, principal investigator from USC. "People got better at the tasks trained, those improvements generalized to standard measures of memory and people noticed improvements in their lives."

The study is the first published in a medical journal to show memory and attention gains in older adults using a widely available brain fitness program.

About Posit Science:

Posit Science works with more than 50 scientists from leading universities to develop its software, which has been shown to significantly improve processing speed, memory, attention and quality of life in more than 30 peer-reviewed papers. Posit Science has received numerous NIH grants and other awards and is currently featured in two PBS documentaries: "The Brain Fitness Program" and "Brain Fitness 2." For more information, visit www.PositScience.com or call 1-800-599-6463.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Posit Science
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Computerized mobile health support systems
2. Computerized writing aids make writing easier for persons with aphasia
3. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science First in Illinois to Equip Students With Computerized Diagnosis System
4. New Computerized Scans Effective for Spotting Clogged Arteries
5. Computerized training of working memory is a promising therapeutic strategy in ADHD
6. Computerized Jump Rope Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research
7. New Survey Shows School Kids 'Wagging' Breakfast Are Missing Healthy Brain Fuel
8. Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Womens Brains
9. Cellular target may prove useful in treating deadly brain tumors
10. Brain Scans Might Help Spot PTSD
11. JHU researcher discovers brain cells have memory
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... CURE Media Group, the nation’s leading ... has aligned with Upstage Lung Cancer in efforts to combat lung cancer, announced CURE ... Hennessy, Jr said, “CURE Media Group is honored to team up with Upstage Lung ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... Suite 10.2 version gives development continuity to its innovative Unified Instance Manager ... management capacity. In addition, this new version optimizes the unattended auto-dialing system ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Today’s patients are encouraged to ... mind, SIGVARIS has created a new line of anti-embolism stockings to help prevent ... the benefits of graduated compression when transitioning from recovery to early rehabilitation. , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... from offices headquartered in Jefferson County, is announcing the launch of a charity ... , The number of homeless women and children in Birmingham has grown steadily ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Bill Mull Agencies, a Wichita-based ... and around central Kansas, is joining the Youth Horizons organization for a charity ... Headquartered in Wichita, Youth Horizons works to empower area children from unstable, troubled, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... A Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant ... (NIH) to Phoenix -based NeuroEM Therapeutics, ... grant will seek to determine an optimal set of ... waves to treat Alzheimer,s Disease. The grant will also ... treat other neurologic disorders such as Parkinson,s Disease and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- Economic growth in the United States will continue in ... in their December 2016 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are ... in mid-2009, as indicated in the monthly ISM ® ... manufacturing sector is optimistic about growth in 2017, with ... the non-manufacturing sector indicates that 14 of its industries ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... LOS ANGELES , Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... and manufacturing of dissolution testing and diffusion testing ... has been acquired by Teledyne Instruments, Inc. ("Teledyne"). ... Hanson,s long-proven line of precision testing instruments, as ... while accelerating development of new products and services. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: