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.

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…

Controversies in Computerized Cognitive Training

A few months ago, a scientific colleague – Dr. Phil Harvey, of the University of Miami – came to me with a fun idea. He had been giving talks at various universities about cognitive training, and always got a lot of questions about the back-and-forth that seems to dominate our field (Cognitive training works! Cognitive…

Memory, IQ and EQ

We spend a lot of time building solutions to improve memory and the brain’s speed and accuracy…we understand how those improvements in brain performance translate into measurable, real-world impact.  I was struck today, though, about the importance of the brain in emotional situations. A lapse in emotional intelligence – from misunderstanding your own or another’s emotional state…

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…

Brain Training and Bipolar Disorder

One of the most significant issue facing people with mental illness is their ability to integrate into society—to make friends, hold down a productive job, and contribute to their families. Imagine two people with bipolar disorder, both suffering the severe mood swings between manic energy and deep depression. One stays in touch with friends from…