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New Brain Fitness Training Promotes Health and Independence of Long Term Care Insurance Policyholders
Date:3/16/2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers will unveil a new brain fitness training program today that has been shown in numerous published studies to help people maintain health-related quality of life and improve the performance of daily living tasks essential to independence. The research team from Posit Science(R) Corporation, a San Francisco-based neuroscience company, will introduce the new program, named InSight(TM), at the annual International Long Term Care Insurance Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

InSight is comprised of a suite of five exercises designed to enhance the performance of the brain's visual processing system. As people age, there is a decline in the speed, accuracy and strength with which they record visual information. In addition, while the eyes may continue to take in a full scene, with each passing decade the brain is only able to process a smaller and smaller central "spotlight" of visual information -- a focal area that scientists call "useful field of view."

These age-related declines help explain why great athletes need to retire and why many people find they are not quite as sharp as they used to be at activities as diverse as tennis, cards, driving or remembering where they put the remote control.

While scientists expected training of the visual system to improve performance at visual activities, published research now also shows that this training generalizes to everyday tasks and health-related quality of life as well.

"InSight represents the first time that consumers will have access to this suite of technologies, including UFOV(R) technology which has been shown to have efficacy in more than two dozen published, peer-reviewed studies," said Henry Mahncke, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Posit Science. "This includes recent publications from the NIH-funded ACTIVE Study, which has been tracking the performance of more than 2800 older adults for more than five years."

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