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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News



Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:16:59 +0000

 



Study: Brain stimulation can work–if properly timed

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:16:59 +0000

—– Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It’s All In The Timing (NPR): “People with a brain injury or dementia often struggle to remember simple things, like names or places. In research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, scientists have shown it may be possible to improve this sort of memory using tiny pulses […]



Fact: Lifelong neuroplasticity means our 7.5 billion brains can “sculpt” themselves

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:47:54 +0000

— Much ongoing brain health and brain enhancement innovation is enabled by the core fact—called neuroplasticity–that the human brain continually changes itself through experience. Neuroplasticity–or brain plasticity– refers to the brain’s ability to rewire itself based on experience by generating new neurons and by forming new connections between neurons, among other factors. It was believed for […]



Debate: In the field of neurostimulation, what comes first, Published Research or Patents?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:09:55 +0000

The Brain-Zapping Olympians (The Ringer): “Gaining jacked-up physical powers from frontal-lobe-electrifying headgear sounds like a half-baked superhero origin story. It’s also a premise that athletes are buying as reality. NBA players and Olympians are wearing a brain-stimulation device called Halo Sport in an attempt to transform into champions. The $649 Halo Sport is sold by […]



Next: Will brain sensors be able to infer the mental state of a person–and, for example, identify sarcasm in a message?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:34:32 +0000

Today we highlight a thought-provoking patent by Intellectual Ventures. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents–from older to newer by issue date–to gain a glimpse into future applications) U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215: Acquisition and particular association of inference data indicative of inferred mental states of authoring users Assignee(s): The Invention Science Fund I, LLC (Intellectual […]



“I am excited”: Making Stress Work for You, Instead of Against You

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:34:36 +0000

— How much stress is good for you? In 1908, Robert Mearns Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson designed an experiment that would begin to tackle the question, “How much stress is good for you?” The researchers tracked mice to see how stress would affect their ability to learn. Simple—yet painful, because how do you stress […]



Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won’t distract you

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:02:38 +0000

— Today we highlight a fascinating patent by IBM that leverages brain monitoring (including EEG feedback) to suppress distracting notifications–hopefully such a system will become available soon!  (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722: Notification control through brain monitoring of end user concentration Assignee(s): International Business […]



Please help us spread the word about neuroplasticity & brain health innovation

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:40:44 +0000

— Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed? To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the […]



5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:25:44 +0000

— Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook,  are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed? To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged […]



The state of intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods: Key neurotechnology patent #40

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:19:22 +0000

Today we highlight a 2011 patent by Dartmouth College, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, aimed at fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent […]



Cognitive enhancement at the edge: The US Navy tests neuro-priming and other non-pharmacological aids to boost cognition and performance

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:28:03 +0000

— Super SEALs: Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies (Military.com): “At a conference near Washington, D.C., in February, the commander of all Navy special operations units made an unusual request to industry: Develop and demonstrate technologies that offer “cognitive enhancement” capabilities to boost his elite forces’ mental and physical performance…he has his eye on a number […]