The Science  

There has been an explosion in knowledge over the last few decade about how our brains’ learn and this has been built into all the
LearnFast Programs

The LearnFast programs are based on over 40 years of scientific research by the world’s foremost neuroscience experts.

Fast ForWord evolved from the work of noted research scientists Drs. Michael Merzenich and Bill Jenkins at the University of California, San Francisco, and Drs. Paula Tallal and Steven Miller at Rutgers University.


Dr. Michael Merzenich, Dr. Bill Jenkins

Dr. Merzenich, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is also a winner of the Kavli Prize for Neuroscience, and Dr. Jenkins are internationally known for their research in the science of brain plasticity, the understanding that the brain changes as we learn new skills.



Dr Paula Tallal, Dr Steven Miller

Dr Tallal and Dr Miller are experts in research on the neurological basis of language and reading development and their disorders, such as dyslexia.


Dr. Tallal is a co-director of the Centre for Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience at Rutgers and an active participant on many scientific advisory boards and government committees for both developmental language disorders and learning disabilities. She has published over 150 papers on the topic of language and learning and is the recipient of national and international honours. Dr Tallal has presented as an expert on Dyslexia to the USA Congress.

Dr. Miller is a neuroscientist and education technology innovator. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and has extensive experience in research programs in neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology including large multi-site research initiatives on the neural basis of brain plasticity and learning.

He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications including numerous research studies, commercial software programs and U.S. Patents.

Research applied to improve student learning abilities

We know from their research that the core cognitive attributes that define a student’s ability to benefit from classroom instruction can be improved through intensive intervention using advanced technologies, in the areas of Memory, Attention, Processing and Sequencing.

The scientists discovered that by using acoustically modified speech technology in an intensive, adaptive product, students could build a wide range of critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, syntax, grammar, and other skills that had previously been inaccessible to them.

Fast ForWord memory attention processing sequencing

Our programs have been helping learners succeed for
over 20 years, in over 50 countries

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Over 3,000,000 students have used Fast ForWord
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More than 15,000 schools have used Fast ForWord
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250,000 educators have implemented Fast ForWord