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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

virtual reality

– 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 »

Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?

Subject during EEG study. Courtesy of Sapiens Labs

Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR):

“The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains? Read the rest of this entry »

Want a music system that lifts you up when you’re feeling down? Meet this audio headset with bio-signal sensors (key neurotech patent #48)

Today we are featuring a fascinating patent by NeuroSky, coupling an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection.

U.S. Patent No. 8,271,075: Audio headset with bio-signal sensors

  • Assignee(s): NeuroSky, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Cheng-I Chuang, KooHyoung Lee
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: September 18, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘075 patent couples an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection by integrating an EEG sensor (item 15 in the illustrative image) into the audio earpiece to establish a sensing headset that is unlikely to cause discomfort or otherwise detract from the audio headphone user’s experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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