Why Does Brain Speed Matter, and What Can I Do to Improve It?

March 12th, 2014 by Michael Merzenich

brain speedI just saw an article in Scientific American about why brain speed is important, how it decays as we age, and what the effects are on daily life over time. But this is nothing new: we have been talking about brain speed for years!

Some highlights from the article include:

“Studies suggest that the speed of information processing changes with age… such that our thinking speeds up from childhood to adolescence, maintains a period of relative stability leading up to middle age, and finally, in late middle age and onward, declines slowly but …read more

Brain Science Podcast: Dr. Merzenich Talks with Ginger Campbell About Brain Plasticity

February 3rd, 2014 by Michael Merzenich

Brain-Science-PodcastWe are big fans of Ginger Campbell, MD’s Brain Science Podcast series – she features fascinating neuroscience luminaries in her in-depth, hour-long interviews, including Norman Doidge, Jeff Hawkins, Sharon Begley, Edward Taub, and many more.

Learn more and listen now >>> Brain Science Podcast: Dr. Merzenich Talks with Ginger Campbell About Brain Plasticity

Posit Science co-founder Dr. Michael Merzenich has been on the Brain Science Podcast once before, but recently revisited the show to discuss brain plasticity and his new book Soft-Wired. If you are interested in brain plasticity, don’t miss this terrific podcast – and be …read more

Landmark Study Shows Benefits of BrainHQ Training Last 10 Years

January 14th, 2014 by Michael Merzenich

brainhqI am incredibly excited to announce that the scientists who ran the ACTIVE trial have reported that certain types of brain training—including one of the exercises in BrainHQ from Posit Science—can drive cognitive benefits that last 10 years. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first to show such long-lasting results from brain training, and confirms that the right kind of brain training can cause significant everyday improvements in daily activities. The story has received major coverage by dozens of news outlets, including …read more

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change your Life

August 8th, 2013 by Michael Merzenich

book-medI’m excited to announce that my brand new book Soft-Wired is now out and available in paperback or Kindle format. This book was a labor of love, and it took me many years and many iterations to say exactly what I wanted, how I wanted to say it. The result is a book that covers much of my life’s work in neuroscience and brain plasticity research.

In the book, I explain how the brain develops and grows throughout youth and early adulthood, and how positive and negative brain plasticity remodel the brain across the …read more

How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day

August 7th, 2013 by Michael Merzenich

Michael-MerzenichThe following article recently appeared on Forbes.com.
If you’re old enough, you may remember a time, maybe back in your childhood, when someone measured your intelligence and assigned a number to it. I suspect that you have been either proud of that “IQ,” or perhaps a little bit chagrined about it, from that day to this. The general belief back then was that intelligence was a genetic endowment, along with eye color or a propensity for baldness.
We now know this is simply not true. Your brain — every brain …read more

Official Trailer: “Smarter Brains” Coming Soon on PBS

June 25th, 2013 by Michael Merzenich

I am so excited to share the official trailer for “Smarter Brains” – a new special about the brain that’s coming soon on PBS. The focus of the show is all about intelligence: how we get it, how we can increase it, and how it affects our lives. The show will feature top world brain scientists, including yours truly, and will premiere on PBS stations in August 2013. Check out this preview and let me know what you think!

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Large Study Underway To Test Posit Science Exercises in People with Schizophrenia

June 17th, 2013 by Michael Merzenich

schizophreniaWe are excited to share this video news report about a schizophrenia study we have been working on for the past few years. The e-CAeSAR Study is being conducted in partnership with the Schizophrenia Trials Network at ten top-tier research centers nationwide. The trial tests a unique online cognitive training program (called “PACR”) designed for people with schizophrenia who wish to improve their brain speed, memory, thinking and people skills. A total of 150 people will be included in this study.

As mental …read more

Study: Posit Science Brain Training Shows Significant, Lasting Gains in Cognitive Function

May 2nd, 2013 by Michael Merzenich

bhq-ex-double-decision-02I woke up in a cheerful mood this morning because yesterday the results of a scientific study were published and they once again demonstrated that very strong benefits can be achieved through only 10 hours of Posit Science brain training. The cognitive benefits were not just seen in the tasks themselves, but in measures of everyday activities. What’s more, the benefits lasted for at least a year after training. The study found that the more people trained, the better their level of cognitive protection.

This independent study was conducted by …read more

An Insight for Successful Aging

April 25th, 2008 by Michael Merzenich

Many of you may not be aware that Posit Science has launched another wonderful suite of brain fitness exercises, for visual training in BrainHQ, that focuses on improving visual perception, attention, memory/cognition, and fast-responding abilities (see www.positscience.com). We are very proud of this new training program suite. It was created with the help and assistance of a wonderful team of international scientists to address the many problems stemming from the near-universal decline in visual behaviors and abilities that …read more

Rust and Kissinger win coveted “Merzie”

April 24th, 2008 by Michael Merzenich

After long consideration, a jury (of one, your honorable scribe) has chosen Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal as the winners of a prestigious “Merzie” in the category of Investigative Reporting for an article titled “EPA drops ball on danger of chemicals to children”, posted on March 29, 2008. This article exposes the EPA’s programs for determining the safety of chemicals used in the manufacture of children’s products as a fraud. Top EPA adminstrators fill the …read more