New Study Results Released
TAMPA, Fla., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Simple mental stimulation is not enough to keep the brain fit. That is the message coming out of the Boomer Lifestyle Conference in Tampa, Florida today. Jeff Zimman, Chairman of Posit Science, a leading developer of brain fitness software, told aging experts gathered at the conference that not just any mental stimulation improves cognitive performance in older adults. Instead, he said, exercises that are scientifically designed are needed to drive clinically significant improvements in the brain.
A recently published study led by investigators at Mayo Clinic and The
The study found that participants who trained on the software, The Brain Fitness Program(TM) from Posit Science(R), more than doubled their processing speed, with an average increase of 131%. They also saw gains on standard measures of memory and attention of 10 years, on average. These changes were big enough that participants reported significant improvements in every day activities (such as remembering names or understanding conversations in noisy restaurants). The gains of the brain exercise group were clinically significant; the gains of the lecture group were significantly smaller and not clinically significant.
The IMPACT study is the largest study ever of a brain fitness program that is available to the public and was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in April.
Zimman also reported on newly released follow-up study data that tracked participants for three months after the training. He said that training benefits lasted 90-days out, with some lessening of gains over time - suggesting that ongoing training would be even more beneficial.
"The changes we saw in the experimental group were remarkable - and significantly larger than the gains in the control group," said Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D., the lead investigator from
IMPACT study participant Marlene Allen agrees. The 75 year old Mill Valley, California resident says, "Now I don't have to write down shopping lists. I remember what I need at the store. And I almost never walk into a room and forget why anymore."
The Brain Fitness Program was developed by a global team of neuroscientists from Posit Science, and consists of six exercises. The product is based on the science of brain plasticity - the brain's ability to form new pathways in response to the right kind of stimulation.
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 peer reviewed papers show that in randomized controlled trials the company's patented technologies significantly increase processing speed, improve memory and attention, and enhance quality of life. Posit Science has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and 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." For more information, visit www.PositScience.com or call 1-800-599-6463.
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