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Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins annual $1M Global Teacher Prize

Canadian school teacher wins $1M global teacher prize beating out thousands of applicants (CBS News):

“A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

cognitive-emotive profiles

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent describing how to combine a number of neurotechnologies (EEG feedback, TMS brain stimulation, monitoring/ training software) to help “upgrade” one’s cognitive-emotive profile.

U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903: Method and system for a real time adaptive system for effecting changes in cognitive-emotive profiles

  • Inventor(s): Jaime A. Pineda, Brendan Z. Allison
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 2, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘903 patent describes coupling neuromonitoring with brain activity inducing technologies by combining techniques including EEG brainwaves, TMS devices, and a set of software tools to enhance brain functionality in adaptive and durable ways, via upgraded individual cognitive-emotive profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

In honor of Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s discuss these 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

This week is Brain Awareness Week, so let me share–and let’s discuss!–these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness that come from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to Read the rest of this entry »

100 newly recognized Young Global Leaders train their brains (and others’) by tackling complex challenges with innovative approaches

Meet the 2017 Class of Young Global Leaders (World Economic Forum release):

“They develop gene-editing technology, rebuild wartorn nations and much more…Each year the World Economic Forum undertakes an ambitious endeavour – to scour the world to select 100 young leaders, under the age of 40, who are tackling the world’s most complex challenges with innovative approaches…Selected into a five-year programme, this year’s class of 100 Young Global Leaders is split evenly between business and not-for-profit sectors – building a global community of peers who can capitalize on diverse talents, experiences and networks to bridge divides that exist in society and achieve more together than they could separately…Not only are women in the majority in this year’s class, but half the intake come from emerging economies, reflecting a trend towards greater diversity in global leadership.”

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Tailoring computing experience based on user’s mental state and quality of attention: Key neurotechnology patent #30

Automated selection

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent assigned to Microsoft, discussing assessment techniques such as pupil tracking or head orientation sensors to identify where and what the user is focused on–and what types of  information and/ or notifications to display accordingly.

U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507: Automated selection of appropriate information based on a computer user’s context.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
  • Inventor(s): James O. Robarts, Dan Newell, Kenneth H. Abbott
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: July 1, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘507 patent discloses methods for assessing a user’s mental state and more broadly the user’s context, to discern whether or not to present the users with a message (e.g., an advertisement). Read the rest of this entry »

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