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Method for adaptive training of short term memory and auditory/visual discrimination within a computer game: Key Neurotech Patent #13

adaptive-training

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,599,129

Today we are sharing a 2003 cognitive training patent assigned to Scientific Learning Corp.

U.S. Patent No. 6,599,129: Method for adaptive training of short term memory and auditory/visual discrimination within a computer game

  • Assignee(s): Scientific Learning Corp.
  • Inventor(s): William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Steven L. Miller, Bret E. Peterson, Paula Tallal
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: July 29, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘129 patent builds on Scientific Learning’s portfolio relating to language training and development.   Read the rest of this entry »

Four reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright

Hundreds of companies and science labs around the globe are researching the inner workings of the human brain and mind, and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier for longer.

What explains this flurry of activity? Read the rest of this entry »

Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12

Magnetic-field-stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528

Today we are discussing a 2003 patent, assigned to McLean Hospital, pioneering brain stimulation techniques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528: Magnetic field stimulation techniques

  • Assignee(s): McLean Hospital
  • Inventor(s): Michael L. Rohan, Aimee Parrow, Perry F. Renshaw
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: June 3, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘528 patent discloses magnetic stimulation techniques for enhancing brain function with a variety of stimulation techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

Improving driving safety with alarms triggered by impending sleep state, detected via brain signals: Key Neurotech Patent #11

sleep state alarm

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658

As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date. Today we are sharing a 2002 patent core to the field of driving safety.

U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658: Alarm upon detection of impending sleep state

  • Inventor(s): Michael F. Roizen, Lawrence J. Gottlieb, Avery Tung
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: December 24, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘658 patent presents EEG technology applied to the field of sleep, with an application geared less towards improved sleep states and more towards increased vigilance during awake but sleepy states that may be necessary for example with vehicle operators. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Don’t overlook sleep difficulties in children with ADHD; they may impair functioning as much as ADHD itself

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Problems with sleep are common in children with ADHD; in fact, past studies indicate that sleep problems occur in between 70 and 85%. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that sleep difficulties should be assessed as part of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation. In some children, significant sleep difficulties may be an important contributor to apparent ADHD symptoms, and could contribute to a child being incorrectly diagnosed. For example, Read the rest of this entry »

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