By: Apoorv Mathur
Last week I shared some key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health, based on my participation at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and promised a second article more focused on the technology side of things.
Here it is 🙂
Just a few weeks after the SharpBrains Summit I also attended CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myriad emerging technologies –autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality headsets, voice activated everything– I was mostly struck by a firm named Halo Neuroscience. They have a fascinating wearable product, Halo Sport, claiming to accelerate gains in strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory, improving the brain’s response to athletic training. It uses tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), essentially priming movement-related circuits of the brain to become more receptive to stimuli, helping the brain wire in the practice for improved future response.
The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity
Both conferences allowed me to see the cutting edge of Read the rest of this entry »
Return to the Teenage Brain (The New York Times):
“Neuroplasticity–the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and be influenced by the environment–is greatest in childhood and adolescence, when the brain is still a work in progress. But this window of opportunity is finite. Eventually it slams shut. Or so we thought…What if we could turn back the clock in the brain and recapture its earlier plasticity?”
To learn more:
A DISCUSSION WITH EVE MARDER, MICHAEL MERZENICH AND CARLA SHATZ (2016 KAVLI PRIZE IN NEUROSCIENCE):
“Our view of the brain as something constantly shaped by thought and experience is only a few decades old, yet it has profoundly influenced how we teach and treat, raise our young and care for the old.
Eve Marder, Michael Merzenich and Carla Shatz are three researchers who, in very different ways, have revealed that the brain is highly changeable, or plastic. Read the rest of this entry »
Three neuroscientists win $1m award for discovering brain’s plasticity (STAT):
“Three neuroscientists whose research overturned decades-old notions about how and whether the brain can change in response to experience have won a $1 million Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »
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