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Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Finally, if you’re looking for some extra mental stimulation, don’t forget to check out our Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions.

Have a great month of March!

The SharpBrains Team

How Microsoft anticipated wearables, machine learning and cognitive enhancement: Key Neurotech Patent #18

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,842,877

Let’s discuss today a fascinating patent assigned to Microsoft back in 2015. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,842,877: Contextual responses based on automated learning techniques.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
  • Inventor(s): James O. Robarts Eric L. Matteson
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training
  • Issue Date: January 11, 2005

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘877 patent discloses wearable devices that incorporate techniques for user-feedback loops to automatically improve a system’s response, for example when the computing system identifies  user’s needs and preferences through the use of sensing components, in a variety of environmental contexts. Read the rest of this entry »

Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

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 »

The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) launches Disruptive Technology Initiative to shape the future of Neuropsychology

aacn_box-logoTechnological breakthroughs are creating enormous potential for the future of neuropsychology and triggering opportunities to create novel strategies for both assessment and intervention. Cognitive fitness is growing into a multi-billion dollar industry. Targets have shifted from diagnosis and treatment of established diseases to early intervention, prevention, and cognitive enhancement. Ubiquitous mobile devices enable both active and passive sensing of our cognitive and emotional states, and “the Internet of things” promises to Read the rest of this entry »

Update: 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health

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Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter,  providing a window into the ongoing brain health and neuroplasticity revolutions–plus some fun brain teasers. Happy reading and, for those of you in the USA, Happy Fourth of July, and for those of you in Canada, Happy Canada Day!

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

Finally, some brain teasers:

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