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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 »

Start-up Aira raises $12M, showing the way for cognitive science and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the lives of blind and low vision individuals

Aira Raises $12M Series B Financing Led By JAZZ Venture Partners And Arboretum Ventures (press release):

“Aira’s service, which recently concluded its beta-testing phase, is now available to new users in the United States. The technology solution combines smart glasses, dedicated bandwidth from Aira partner AT&T, and AI-enabled remote human agents to help blind and low vision individuals immediately access key information that they need about their environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”

Thanks to a critical fibre connection in the brain (green), four-year-old kids can start to understand what other people think. Courtesy of Max Planck Institute.

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A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A recent study is the first to examine the specific brain changes associated with this developmental breakthrough. Read the rest of this entry »

Addressing aging-related cognitive decline via targeted training using visual sweeps: Key neurotech patent by Posit Science

visual sweeps

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961

Today we are featuring a 2012 patent by Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ cognitive training system.

U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961: Cognitive training using visual sweeps

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Stephen G. Lisberger, Henry W. Mahncke
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive training
  • Issue Date: July 10, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The background of the ‘961 patent describes the decline in cognitive function associated with aging, such as the reduced ability to comprehend and respond to stimulus. Read the rest of this entry »

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