June 8, 2006

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) A Bay Area study on the effects of “Brain Fitness Training,” which has drawn participation from hundreds of adults aged 65 and older, is seeking additional participants. The study sponsor, Posit Science Corporation, translates neuroscience research into non-invasive computer-based training programs; designed to improve memory, listening and “thinking speed.” The study, conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and the University of Southern California, has reached the enrollment half-way mark.

“We all want the ability to stay sharp mentally as we age – whether we want to understand the complexities of Medicare part D or just have a great conversation with our grandchildren,” said Posit Science President and CEO Jeff Zimman. “Tools such as the Brain Fitness Program may enable individuals to sharpen their mental acuity and maintain control over their lifestyles.”

Volunteers in the Brain Fitness Study agree to participate in the research through a process called informed consent. Those eligible for the trial undergo a series of memory and thinking tests both before and after computer-based Brain Fitness Training begins. The computer and all training software is provided free of charge to participants for the duration of the eight week study. At the end of the study, researchers hope to see how this neuroscience-based software helps aging adults better remember information, demonstrate sustained attention to detail, and process information more rapidly.

“It is an honor to be working with such an incredible group of research participants. These individuals demonstrate not just personal commitment, but show a true interest in helping scientists better understand the inner workings of the brain,” stated Dr. Henry W. Mahncke, Vice President of Research & Outcomes. “We look forward to presenting the results of this ground-breaking study to the scientific and medical community once enrollment has been completed.”

Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, Dean of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California and a Principal Investigator of the Brain Fitness Study added, “This research trial represents a wonderful opportunity to evaluate the scientific principles surrounding memory and attention in the aging brain. We are extremely pleased to be part of this collaboration.”