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Researchers propose four “neurorights” to harness neurotechnology for good: cognitive liberty, mental privacy, mental integrity, and psychological continuity

A new category of human rights: neurorights (BioMed Central):

“Neuroscience provides us with an insight into the mental processes underpinning human behavior: thanks to rapid advances in neurotechnology it is possible to record, monitor, decode and modulate the neural correlates of mental processes with ever more accuracy. In this rapidly evolving technological scenario Read the rest of this entry »

Enhancing cognition via brain training with a visual emphasis: Key neurotechnology patent #38

cognitive training

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097

Today we highlight a 2010 patent assigned to Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ brain training system. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date, to get a better glimpse into emerging trends)

U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097: Visual emphasis for cognitive training exercises

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Henry W. Mahncke, Donald Richard
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive training
  • Issue Date: August 10, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

In a similar yet unique approach to the ‘961 patent (another noteworthy non-invasive neurotechnology patent assigned to Posit Science), the ‘097 patent discloses methods for iteratively testing and training a user’s ability to discern between presented stimuli. Read the rest of this entry »

Neurocognitive ability EEG measurement method and system: Key Neurotech Patent #8

EEG-measurement

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,434,419

Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to Sam Technology, Inc.

U.S. Patent No. 6,434,419: Neurocognitive ability EEG measurement method and system

  • Assignee(s): Sam Technology, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Alan S. Gevins, Michael E. Smith
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: August 13, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘419 patent describes systems with the objective of measuring cognitive ability through EEG signal detection and analysis, such that capabilities can be objectively measured in a manner that does not suffer from drawbacks associated with other cognitive assessment testing approaches that may present prejudicial assessments due to cultural biases and specific knowledge areas associated with the test subject. Read the rest of this entry »

Method for categorizing, describing and modeling types of system users: Key Neurotech Patent #7

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,405,159

Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to AT&T Labs, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,405,159: Method for categorizing, describing and modeling types of system users

  • Assignee(s): AT&T Labs, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Robert R. Bushey, Jennifer M. Mauney
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: June 11, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

While user interfaces (UIs) are often generically built for large groups, organizations or even the general population, the ‘159 patent discloses teachings that recognize that models of each user based on unique personal indicators may be applied to tailor a UI to specific individuals and increase performance in important behavioral areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Remote computer-implemented methods for cognitive testing: Key Neurotech Patent #4

remote computer testing

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,280,198

Today we are featuring a 2001 patent originally assigned to Scientific Learning Corp, and now to Lumos Labs Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,280,198: Remote computer implemented methods for cognitive testing

  • Assignee(s): Scientific Learning Corp; Lumos Labs Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Barbara Calhoun, Bret E. Peterson, Michael M. Merzenich
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: August 28, 2001

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘198 patent describes techniques for improving the frequency and regularity at which an individual can take cognitive tests. Read the rest of this entry »

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