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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:34:52 +0000


Researchers stress need for neurotechnologies to protect the mental dimension of individuals and groups, especially mental privacy and integrity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:33:53 +0000

___ From Healthcare to Warfare: How to Regulate Brain Technology (University of Basel press release): “The term “dual-use” refers to technology that can be used for both beneficial (i.e., medical) and harmful (i.e., military of terroristic) aims. Until recently, most dual-use technology emerged especially in virology and bacteriology. In the last years, however, military-funded research […]

Important insights on the growing home use of tDCS brain stimulation: older-than-expected users, positive self-reported results for treatment of depression but negative for self-enhancement, and a couple areas of concern (severe burns, frequency)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:26:32 +0000

___ At the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit last month, researcher and science writer Dr. Anna Wexler discussed some fascinating insights from her survey of 339 home (or “do-it-yourself”) users of tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) devices. The survey results have just been published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement (details below), and provide a useful window into who […]

On the value and the limits of cognitive screening, as seen in President Trump’s examination

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:26:38 +0000

_____ In the News: Why you may be misunderstanding the mental test that Trump passed with flying colors (The Washington Post): “On its surface, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test seems pretty easy. Can you draw a three-dimensional cube? Can you identify these various animals? Can you draw a clock? Can you repeat back the […]

Eight Tips To Understand and Remember What You Read — Especially As You Read Nonfiction

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:04:17 +0000

___ Despite Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and television, (or perhaps precisely because of all of them) traditional reading is still an important skill. Whether it is magazines, professional manuals or fascinating books, people still need to read, now and in years ahead. And much of it is nonfiction material, where it’s important to really understand […]

At the frontier of neuroenginnering, brain health and cognitive enhancement with Kernel, UT-Dallas, The Arrowsmith Program and The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:07:25 +0000

Last December 7th selected Summit Sponsors and Partners showcased their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. From tomorrow’s neuroengineering to today’s brain health (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here) Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, discusses future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces. Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center […]

Nissan is developing brainwave technology to read and augment driver’s mind (not replace it)

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:45:34 +0000

___ This car tech makes you a better driver by reading your mind. We gave it a test drive (The Washington Post): “Might the car of the future be able to read your mind? At CES, the big tech trade show, cars dominated much of the conversation. But one experience stood out because it was […]

UCSF, Stanford, VieLight & Lumos Labs at the frontier of brain health & enhancement

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:26:25 +0000

On December 7th selected Summit Sponsors and Partners showcased their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. At the frontier with Neuroscape, VR/ AR and Photobiomodulation (recordings require registration; view slidedeck for all am sessions Here) Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Professor of Neurology, presents Neuroscape Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Medical VR/ AR Expert at Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab, provides an overview of health […]

Jan Samzelius, CEO of Brainnovations Winner NeuraMetrix, encourages pioneers to focus on “simple, elegant solutions to big problems”

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:13:51 +0000

What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest last month? Even with only a brief presentation the judges immediately got the potential impact of our technology to measure and monitor brain health and began to think about other applications for us – several we had not thought about. That […]

Neural Analytics raises $15M to commercialize non-invasive, ultrasound-based, brain health monitoring device

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:52:16 +0000

___ Neural Analytics, Inc. Raises $15 Million in Series B Financing (press release): “Neural Analytics, Inc., a medical device company developing and commercializing technology to measure, diagnose, and track brain health, today announced that it has raised $15 million in Series B financing led by Alpha Edison…The Lucid Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System (Lucid System) uses […]

Beam Riders, MyCognition, The Touchpoint Solution: Top Brainnovations to boost Workplace Productivity and Resilience

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:06:01 +0000

Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity and Resilience (recording requires registration; view slidedeck Here). The three Finalists were: Beam Riders – pitch by Jafar Sabbah, Founder & CEO MyCognition – pitch by Martina Ratto, Cognitive Scientist The Touchpoint Solution (WINNER) – pitch by Dr. Amy Serin, Neuropsychologist & Co-Founder Judged by: Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon; Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative; Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance; Lisa […]