Where is speed training now?

The inventors of speed training, Dr. Karlene Ball and Dr. Daniel Roenker, initially commercialized the product through a small business called Visual Awareness Inc. In 2007, as Posit Science began to build visual brain-training exercises, researchers from Posit Science met with Drs. Ball and Roenker to discuss collaborative opportunities. Those discussions led to the acquisition…

Who invented speed training?

The “speed training” used in the ACTIVE Study was originally developed by Dr. Karlene Ball and Dr. Daniel Roenker. In their original studies of the basic science of visual attention, they developed a computerized assessment tool to measure the “Useful Field of View”—the visual area over which information can be extracted at a brief glance…

What about medications, like cholinesterase inhibitors?

Cholinesterase inhibitors (like Aricept, Reminyl, or Exelon) have been shown to slow the rate of decline of people who already have Alzheimer’s disease. However, in a number of large-scale randomized controlled trials, they have failed to protect healthy people from going on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

What about physical exercise, or the Mediterranean diet? I’ve heard those are good for the brain.

Physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, has been shown in randomized controlled trials to improve certain aspects of cognitive function, particularly executive function. However no randomized controlled trial has yet evaluated whether these effects reduce the risk of dementia. Diet/nutrition studies typically track what people report eating, and establish correlations between eating patterns and cognitive outcomes.…

How can this unique type of brain training reduce the risk of dementia?

Neuroscientists now recognize that the brain is “plastic”—or capable of change—at any age. This ability to change—what scientists refer to as “brain plasticity”—is fundamental to how the brain perceives, thinks, remembers, and makes decisions. By building certains kinds of specific brain-training exercises based on the principles of brain plasticity, scientists can drive specific changes in…