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Fact: Lifelong neuroplasticity means our 7.5 billion brains can “sculpt” themselves

Much ongoing brain health and brain enhancement innovation is enabled by the core fact—called neuroplasticity–that the human brain continually changes itself through experience. Neuroplasticity–or brain plasticity– refers to the brain’s ability to rewire itself based on experience by generating new neurons and by forming new connections between neurons, among other factors. It was believed for a long time that, after a certain age, the brain became “fixed.” Now we know that the brain never stops changing, and that’s why there’s so much interest and hope around ways to harness that neuroplasticity to lead better lives, to enhance our brains, to delay brain health decline.

What follows from this fact is that we can strengthen specific circuits of the brain (through education, our jobs and lifestyles, and also through mental exercisesmeditation and neurostimulation), in order to learn faster, better and become more resilient.

–> Keep reading the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution over at The Huffington Post.

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Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier.

What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed?

To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit:

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help
Fact 2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves
Fact 3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with AI, provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good
Fact 4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth
Fact 5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients

 

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” — essayist William Gibson.

 

Well, then why don’t we take on that distribution challenge and appropriately spread the knowledge and the tools 🙂

Please read the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution in your favorite community, and please share the article with your friends and colleagues!

 

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The SharpBrains Team

5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution

Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook,  are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier.

What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed?

To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

 

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

Consider all unmet needs derived from the traditional pharma-exclusive approach to brain health.

Learning and cognitive disabilities in children are growing significantly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The related emotional and economic burden is substantial — yet, over 60-70% of those with treatment have poor outcomes, and many who need help don’t get any.

Globally, around 350 million people suffer from depression. Add to that substance abuse, and we are talking hundreds of millions of people without proper care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones getting help.

Concussions and brain impairments pervade through millions of veterans and high-contact sports practitioners, yet diagnosis and treatments are elusive.

And let’s not forget the perfectly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Minimizing negative side-effects from electromagnetic neural stimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #39

neural stimulation system

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305

Today we highlight a 2010 patent by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems addressing a serious concern during the use of electromagnetic brain stimulation methods–where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause seizures or migraine headaches.

U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305: Neural stimulation system and method responsive to collateral neural activity

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: November 9, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘305 patent addresses a phenomenon occurring during electromagnetic stimulation treatments of neurological conditions, where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause undesirable or collateral activity such as seizures or migraine headaches. Read the rest of this entry »

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