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

Image: The Yerkes-Dodson Law (YDL)

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 out mice? Read the rest of this entry »

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

brain notification

Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722

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!  Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit:

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help
Fact 2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves
Fact 3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with AI, provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good
Fact 4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth
Fact 5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients

 

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” — essayist William Gibson.

 

Well, then why don’t we take on that distribution challenge and appropriately spread the knowledge and the tools 🙂

Please read the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution in your favorite community, and please share the article with your friends and colleagues!

 

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

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 recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

 

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

Consider all unmet needs derived from the traditional pharma-exclusive approach to brain health.

Learning and cognitive disabilities in children are growing significantly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The related emotional and economic burden is substantial — yet, over 60-70% of those with treatment have poor outcomes, and many who need help don’t get any.

Globally, around 350 million people suffer from depression. Add to that substance abuse, and we are talking hundreds of millions of people without proper care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones getting help.

Concussions and brain impairments pervade through millions of veterans and high-contact sports practitioners, yet diagnosis and treatments are elusive.

And let’s not forget the perfectly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

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

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058

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 No. 7,981,058: Intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods

  • Assignee(s): The Trustrees of Dartmouth College; The NIH, U.S. Dept. Of Health And Human Services Government
  • Inventor(s): Metkin Akay
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: July 19, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘058 patent relates to wearable systems that allow for enhanced assessment of a patient’s physical movement and thereby fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. Read the rest of this entry »

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