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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News



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Understanding the “It” in “Use It or Lose It”

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:10:21 +0000

From Macro to Micro: A Visual Guide to the Brain (IEEE Spectrum) In the human brain, higher-level information processing occurs in the neocortex, neural tissue that forms the outer layer of the cerebral cortex. In its intricate folds, brain cells work together to interpret sensory information and to form thoughts and plans. The neocortex is […]



May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:30:30 +0000

—– Time for SharpBrains’ May e-newsletter, highlighting what’s new in brain health and mental performance, and featuring a very relevant MIT initiative and a thought-provoking study on the “Cognitive Divide.” New thinking MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience? Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: […]



Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: from the NIMH to Google/ Verily Life Sciences to Startup Mindstrong

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:38:18 +0000

— Former Alphabet exec is working on an idea to detect mental health disorders by how you type on your phone (CNBC): “Can a smartphone detect whether a user is suicidal or depressed? That’s the promise of an exploding number of mental health entrepreneurs, who are exploring opportunities to monitor users’ smartphone behavior to detect […]



Evaluating neural responses via EEG brain data in virtual reality environments: Key neurotechnology patent by The Nielsen Company

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:22:55 +0000

Today we are sharing a fascinating patent by The Nielsen Company, relevant both for consumer research and for home health solutions. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 8,392,250: Neuro-response evaluated stimulus in virtual reality environments Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company Inventor(s): Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. […]



Study: Common medication treatments for PTSD can increase the risk of developing dementia

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:27:28 +0000

—– Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal): “Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society… […]



Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:22:20 +0000

— Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR): “The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains?… A study out of India, still undergoing peer review, […]



Want a music system that lifts you up when you’re feeling down? Meet this audio headset with bio-signal sensors (key neurotech patent #48)

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:25:21 +0000

— Today we are featuring a fascinating patent by NeuroSky, coupling an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection. U.S. Patent No. 8,271,075: Audio headset with bio-signal sensors Assignee(s): NeuroSky, Inc. Inventor(s): Cheng-I Chuang, KooHyoung Lee Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: September 18, 2012 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘075 patent couples an audio headphone set […]



Start-up Aira raises $12M, showing the way for cognitive science and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the lives of blind and low vision individuals

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:17:31 +0000

— Aira Raises $12M Series B Financing Led By JAZZ Venture Partners And Arboretum Ventures (press release): “Aira’s service, which recently concluded its beta-testing phase, is now available to new users in the United States. The technology solution combines smart glasses, dedicated bandwidth from Aira partner AT&T, and AI-enabled remote human agents to help blind […]



Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:57:23 +0000

—– A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A recent study is the first to examine the specific brain changes associated with this developmental breakthrough. The new study specifically explored the brain changes that occur when a child is able […]



Addressing aging-related cognitive decline via targeted training using visual sweeps: Key neurotech patent by Posit Science

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:29:48 +0000

Today we are featuring a 2012 patent by Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ cognitive training system. U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961: Cognitive training using visual sweeps Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Stephen G. Lisberger, Henry W. Mahncke Technology Category: Neurocognitive training Issue Date: July 10, […]