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Understanding the “It” in “Use It or Lose It”

From Macro to Micro: A Visual Guide to the Brain (IEEE Spectrum)

In the human brain, higher-level information processing occurs in the neocortex, neural tissue that forms the outer layer of the cerebral cortex. In its intricate folds, brain cells work together to interpret sensory information and to form thoughts and plans. The neocortex is divided into regions that take the lead on different types of processing. However, much of today’s neuroscience research focuses on mapping the connectome: the neural connections between regions…Keep Reading Article.

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May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”

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Time for SharpBrains’ May e-newsletter, highlighting what’s new in brain health and mental performance, and featuring a very relevant MIT initiative and a thought-provoking study on the “Cognitive Divide.”

New thinking

 

New research

 

New tools

 

Have a great month of June and, for those based in the US, a great Memorial Day weekend,

 

The SharpBrains Team

Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: from the NIMH to Google/ Verily Life Sciences to Startup Mindstrong

Former Alphabet exec is working on an idea to detect mental health disorders by how you type on your phone (CNBC):

“Can a smartphone detect whether a user is suicidal or depressed?

That’s the promise of an exploding number of mental health entrepreneurs, who are exploring opportunities to monitor users’ smartphone behavior to detect a variety of symptoms — all with their consent. Read the rest of this entry »

Evaluating neural responses via EEG brain data in virtual reality environments: Key neurotechnology patent by The Nielsen Company

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,392,250

Today we are sharing a fascinating patent by The Nielsen Company, relevant both for consumer research and for home health solutions. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,392,250: Neuro-response evaluated stimulus in virtual reality environments

  • Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company
  • Inventor(s): Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy, Dev Ratnakar
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: March 5, 2013

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘250 patent is one of Nielsen’s several patents that present unique approaches at the intersection of neurotechnology and consumer research. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Common medication treatments for PTSD can increase the risk of developing dementia

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Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal):

“Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Read the rest of this entry »

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