SOURCE: Scientific Learning Corporation

August 22, 2006 09:15 ET

Paula Tallal Presents Plenary Address at International Neuropsychological Society Meeting

SLC Co-Founder Discusses Dyslexia and Learning Disability Findings

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- Paula Tallal, Ph.D., a co-founder of Scientific Learning Corp. (NASDAQ: SCIL), presented a plenary address at the International Neurological Society's mid-year meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Tallal's talk, entitled "Rehabilitation of Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities," focused on her research findings in dyslexia and learning disabilities ranging from theory to rehabilitation. She was the first of three plenary speakers at the event.

"I was very pleased to be invited as a plenary speaker, as this is an extremely prestigious event that attracts the best and the brightest in the international neuropsychology community," said Dr. Tallal. The conference chair, Dr. Lutz Jaencke, a professor in the Department of Psychology's Division of Neuropsychology at the University of Zurich, considered Dr. Tallal's talk a highlight of the conference.

"We are proud that Dr. Tallal has presented her distinguished research and insights to this high-caliber group of scientists," said Robert C. Bowen, Chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning. "As a co-creator of the Fast ForWord® family of products and with her long history of neuroscientific discovery and investigation, she is ideally suited as a feature speaker for this important event."

Dr. Tallal's plenary speech was given on July 27th as part of the International Neuropsychological Society's mid-year meeting, held July 26-29 in Zurich, Switzerland. Approximately 1,000 neuroscientists attended the four-day event.

About Dr. Paula A. Tallal

Paula Tallal, Ph.D., is a world-renowned authority and leading researcher in language and literacy development. She is a cognitive neuroscientist and board-certified clinical psychologist who has authored over 200 professional publications, holds several patents, and recently earned the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Prize for her work leading to the development of Fast ForWord.

Dr. Tallal is a Board of Governor's professor of neuroscience at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., where she helped found (and currently co-directs) the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is an active participant in many scientific advisory boards and has served on governmental committees for both developmental language disorders and learning disabilities. Dr. Tallal received her bachelor's degree from NYU and her Ph.D. from Cambridge, and did additional research training at The Johns Hopkins University. She has also held academic positions at the University of California at San Diego, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

In 1996, Dr. Tallal co-founded Scientific Learning Corporation and helped develop Fast ForWord, the company's flagship product. She still serves on the company's board of directors.

About the International Neuropsychological Society

Founded in 1967, the International Neuropsychological Society is dedicated to promoting the international and interdisciplinary study of brain-behavioral relationships, with an emphasis on science, education, and the applications of scientific knowledge. The Society currently has more than 4500 members throughout the world.

About Scientific Learning Corporation

Scientific Learning produces the patented Fast ForWord® family of products, a series of computer-delivered reading intervention products that build learning capacity by developing the neurocognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. These foundational skills are built through a series of brain-based exercises that create fast, effective, and enduring results. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord products use patented technology and applications of accepted neuroscience principles to help children, adolescents, and adults build the language and reading skills widely recognized as the keys to all learning.

The exercises align with the scientifically based reading-research guidelines and the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The efficacy of the products has been confirmed by independent researchers, by evaluating the results of standardized achievement tests, and by Scientific Learning's scientists.

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