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Study debunks 4 common myths about brain training and lifelong cognitive enhancement

If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe the following:

1) All brain training is the same…

2) …and it simply doesn’t work.

3) Commercial brain training programs, especially, don’t work.

4) How could they work? Genetics is destiny, aging is a predetermined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

If you tracked and analyzed the scientific literature around cognitive training, cognitive therapies, biofeedback, meditation, brain reserve and neuroplasticity in general, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that prevent a more nuanced conversation about brain-enhancing lifestyles and about the emerging brain training and neurotechnology toolkit.

Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to computerized cognitive training–and provide a better 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 »

System for the creation of patient specific templates for epileptiform activity detection: Key Neurotech Patent #6

epileptiform activity detection

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,353,754

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

U.S. Patent No. 6,353,754: System for the creation of patient specific templates for epileptiform activity detection.

  • Assignee(s): Neuropace, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): David R. Fischell, Jonathan P. Harwood
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: March 5, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘754 patent addresses challenges associated with detecting an imminent seizure, which often requires steps unique and specific to the each individual patient. Read the rest of this entry »

Reservoir electrodes for electroencephalograph headgear appliance: Key Neurotech Patent #5

reservoir electrodes

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,301,493

Today we are sharing a 2001 patent assigned to Sedline, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,301,493: Reservoir electrodes for electroencephalograph headgear appliance.

  • Assignee(s): Sedline, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Dominic P. Marro, Thomas T. Washburn, Denis E. LaBombard
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: October 9, 2001

SharpBrains’ Take:

While patents in the neurotechnology category of EEG are more frequently being directed towards either EEG signal analysis and/or applications of EEG (e.g., security applications, sleep applications, etc.), the ‘493 patent presents an EEG patent directed towards aspects of the core EEG hardware. 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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