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Dr. Michael Merzenich: To harness Neuroplasticity for cognitive enhancement, we need to think “Fitness” more than “Games”

KavliPrize-Neuro(Editor’s Note: In order to help readers familiarize themselves with the work and thinking of Dr. Michael Merzenich, one of the winners of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for groundbreaking work on neuroplasticity, we are condensing and republishing the comprehensive conversation that Dr. Merzenich and Alvaro Fernandez had in 2009, in preparation for the inaugural SharpBrains Virtual Summit.)

Dr. Michael Merzenich, Emeritus Professor at UCSF, is a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant. In 1996, he was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation, and in 2004 became co-founder and Read the rest of this entry »

FDA clears use of online cognitive/ behavioral assessment to inform ADHD diagnosis

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— Previous test (QbTest), which required use of two peripheral devices, a small button and a camera.

Qbtech receives FDA clearance for online test that assesses ADHD (MobiHealth News):

“Sweden-based Qbtech has received an FDA 510(k) clearance for an online tool, called QbCheck, that offers clinical decision-making support for diagnosing and treating children with ADHD Read the rest of this entry »

Brain hacking emerges as latest trend in wearable tech, but is it ready for prime time?

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Brain-zapping gadgets promise to make you a better you — smarter, stronger, even happier (The Washington Post):

“Americans’ obsession with wellness is fueling a new category of consumer electronics, one that goes far beyond the ubiquitous Fitbits and UP activity wristbands that only passively monitor users’ physical activity. The latest wearable tech, to put it in the simplest terms, is about hacking your brain. Read the rest of this entry »

The Federal Trade Commission vs Lumosity: What does it mean for the brain training market?

Despite all the noise around brain training, we must be careful not to confuse commerce with science. It is important to remember that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates marketing claims and communications in the United States, issues legal rulings against specific commercial behaviors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Akili Interactive Labs raises $30.5 million to develop FDA-approved brain training videogame for ADHD

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Videogame Maker Seeks to Treat ADHD (The Wall Street Journal):

“Doctors don’t usually prescribe videogame play. But one company, which has just raised $30.5 million from venture-capital investors, hopes to change that.

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs Inc. is developing a videogame it believes could replace pills as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Neuronetics ranked #8 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

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Neuronetics received FDA clearance for NeuroStar TMS Therapy in 2008. NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation as a form of neuromodulation to treat depression in patients who have not responded adequately to other depression treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?

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Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains? (Popular Science):

“Thync bills itself first and foremost as a neuroscience company. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wearable device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s electrical state through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). The big idea: Read the rest of this entry »

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