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May 6th, New York City: Anticipating and Shaping the Neuropsychology of the Future

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

The Focus

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 »

Study: Brain stimulation can work–if properly timed

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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 »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

-– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215

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 Ventures)
  • Inventor(s): Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A.
  • Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: December 20, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

Focused on evaluating the mental state of a message’s author, the ‘215 patent describes some interesting aspects of neurotechnology that make the patent noteworthy. 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 »

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