Dr. Henry Mahncke is the CEO of Posit Science. He joined Posit Science at its inception in 2003 as Vice President of Research & Outcomes, where he led the first large-scale clinical trials of a publicly available cognitive training program. He became CEO of Posit Science in 2011. Previously, he served as consultant at McKinsey focused on health care and video games, and then as a science and technology advisor to the British government. Dr. Mahncke earned his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, where he studied brain plasticity with Dr. Michael Merzenich.

Using Brain Plasticity to Help an Injured Brain

BrainHQ is an evidence-based brain training program. That means that it has been used in many gold-standard clinical trials – and been proven to help people think faster, focus better, and remember more (you can have a look at our science results page here). However, most of these clinical trials have been conducted in healthy…

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Why Your Brain Keeps Worrying – and How Brain Plasticity Might be Able to Help

We’ve all had the experience of our minds getting a bit stuck on a topic – chewing it over, turning it over, and unable to let it go. Psychologists call this process “ruminating” – and while it can be helpful for a short period of time if all this thinking gives us a new perspective…

Brain Health In The Time of the Coronavirus

The past month has been tough. All across the world, people have been asked to stay home and socially isolate themselves to protect themselves and their communities against the spread of the COVID19 pandemic. At Posit Science, we’ve all been working from home for five weeks now, sheltering in place with our families or roommates,…

A New Review of New Ways to Improve Brain Health

For decades, we’ve been waiting on the scientific community to find a cure for Alzheimer’s—but very little progress has been made. The first drug used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s was Cognex (tacrine), which was approved in 1993; and the most recent was Namenda (memantine), approved in 2003. That means that in the past…

New Year, New BrainHQ

One of our goals here at Posit Science is to make BrainHQ the best brain training program in the world. To do that, we have worked with hundreds of scientists, making sure our scientific foundation, design, and research is top notch. But there’s another group of people that’s equally important to listen to: people who…

The Evidence for Brain Training – Seeing the Whole Picture

Brain training works! Brain training doesn’t work! Every week, I see a new headline in the news about brain training, and they reliably go back and forth between these two extremes like the tick-tock of a clock. Why the back and forth? If a study shows that brain training works in one week, how can…