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Senate Told Brain Technology Can Impact Public Policy
Date:9/15/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent breakthroughs in brain research and technology may have a great impact on a broad range of public policy issues, according to scientists visiting the US Senate today. At the invitation of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) researchers from Posit Science, a leading provider of cognitive training products, made a presentation that was part science lecture and part hands-on science fair.

"Many believe that we have already entered the 'Cognitive Age,' where the greatest value we create comes from what we know," observed Posit Science Chairman and CEO Jeff Zimman. "In the next few years, newly developed technologies that actually enhance cognitive abilities will not only create our greatest gains in personal productivity, but will also be critical in addressing a host of public policy challenges."

At the event, scientists summarized more than 30 peer-reviewed papers that underscore the power of cognitive training technologies developed over the past decade, and also offered hands-on demonstrations of new products developed with those technologies.

"It's barely been a decade since scientists discovered neurogenesis -- that the brain continues to produce new brain cells throughout life -- and what a decade it's been," said Henry Mahncke, PhD, VP Research of Posit Science.

"Recent studies show that the right cognitive training exercises can improve processing speed, accuracy, attention and memory in older adults," Dr. Mahncke continued. "Most recently, we have learned that this can be done in ways that generalize to everyday life and persist after the training ends. These gains are large -- roughly equivalent to a reversal in the normal decline we see over a decade in an average person over age 50."

Dr. Mahncke also said that independent studies of these technologies, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others, show that the improvemen
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