By: Amy Blankson
As a child, I was convinced that my dad just went to work to play. My father was a neuroscientist at Baylor University, and his office was full of brightly colored blocks to test intelligence, books by MC Escher to study perception, and even a soundproof room covered in blue foam that I thought was for gymnastics Read the rest of this entry »
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694
Today we are sharing a fascinating patent from Medtronic. (As mentioned, we are featuring 50 foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)
U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694: Therapy control based on a patient movement state
- Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
- Inventor(s): Gregory F. Molnar, Steven S. Gill, Keith A, Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Timothy J. Denison, Eric J. Panken, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Jonathan C. Werder
- Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
- Issue Date: February 21, 2012
The ‘694 patent discloses methods to treat patients afflicted with movement or other neurodegenerative disorders through brain-signal feedback. Read the rest of this entry »
Heads-up about an upcoming joint meeting by the New York Neuropsychology Group and the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences.
- What: Neuropsychology of the future and how we can prepare for it today
- When: Saturday May 6th, 2017, 10 am – 1 pm
- Where: Podell Auditorium in Bernstein Pavilion, Mount Sinai Beth Israel 10 Nathan D Perlman Place NY, NY 10003
Please join prominent neuropsychologists and industry leaders to explore the future of neuropsychology and how you can harness recent findings and technologies to prepare for Read the rest of this entry »
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 of electricity — if they’re properly timed Read the rest of this entry »
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 a long time that, after a certain age, the brain became “fixed.” Now we know that the brain never stops changing, and that’s why there’s so much interest and hope around ways to harness that neuroplasticity to lead better lives, to enhance our brains, to delay brain health decline.
What follows from this fact is that we can strengthen specific circuits of the brain (through education, our jobs and lifestyles, and also through mental exercises, meditation and neurostimulation), in order to learn faster, better and become more resilient.
–> Keep reading the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution over at The Huffington Post.