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Meet the Scientists Behind Fast ForWord

June 1, 2016

These aren’t the sort of superstars you’re likely to hear about that often in the media – but they are changing the world one brain at a time.

The neuroscientists behind Fast ForWord are leaders in the fields of learning, neuroplasticity and technology. They’ve spent decades researching and understanding the inner workings of the brain and how we learn – something that is too often overlooked by our education system.

The result of their collaborative efforts, Fast ForWord, is arguably the most sophisticated and comprehensive brain training program available today. With a focus on improving learning and reading speed and accuracy, it’s comprehensible that one day all students will undertake a learning acceleration program like this to ensure their learning toolkit is well equipped.

Introducing Fast ForWord’s co-founders

Dr Michael Merzenich, Dr Paula Tallal, Dr William Jenkins and Dr Steven Miller

If you’ve read Dr Norman Doidge’s book The Brain That Changes Itself , you’ll know that Dr Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. He’s published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous prizes and awards (including the Russ Prize, Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted almost 100 patents for his work. He and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about learning, the brain, plasticity and rehabilitation.

paula tallal

Dr Paula Tallal, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience, has spent more than 30 years researching the links between auditory processing, attention, memory and language and found that timing in the brain is critical for learning language and reading. She was recently named Inventor of the Year by the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame for her work bringing positive change to over 3 million children and adults with the Fast ForWord program.

Dr William Jenkins is an expert in learning-based brain plasticity, behavioural algorithms, as well as an expert in multimedia and Internet technology.

His research helped to identify how to maximise the benefits achieved from brain training.

Dr Steven Miller is a neuropsychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of developmental language and reading impairments. He has extensive experience in conducting clinical and longitudinal research, resulting in many publications and awards.

Interested in learning more about the Fast ForWord program? Have a question about learning, neuroscience and/or education? Contact the team of health and education professionals at Sonic Learning.

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