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5 trends shaping the future of brain enhancement and neuropsychology

Presentation by Alvaro Fernandez at the New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) 2017 Annual Spring Conference.

Description: 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, and where may it be headed? What are the opportunities and challenges for the Neuropsychologists of the Future? We will structure the conversation around five emerging and thought-provoking statements:

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

2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves

3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI), provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good

4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth

5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients.

To learn more, read Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright and explore these 25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health.

Train your brain to remember her name: Key patent for cognitive training system using face-name associations

face names

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,197,258

Today we are sharing a 2012 patent by Posit Science aimed at enhancing cognitive ability using face-name associations.

U.S. Patent No. 8,197,258: Cognitive training using face-name associations

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Henry W. Mahncke, Shruti Gangadhar
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: June 12, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The facial recognition capacities of the human brain serves a critical function, from when an infant first makes eye-contact with its mother throughout the span of adulthood where we must be able to identify and distinguish other people in order to navigate and operate in society. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Physically-active video games (‘exergames’) boost cognition more than physical activity alone

Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study (University of Manchester release):

“Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts.

Study authors Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth say systems that use physical activity for gaming such as Wii, and Xbox Kinect can boost brain functioning in people with Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring neurological signals to detect potential disorders: Key neurotech patent #44

neurological signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181

Today we feature an important Medtronic patent. (As mentioned, we are discussing foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181: Scoring of sensed neurological signals for use with a medical device system

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Ivan Osorio, Mark G. Frei, Nina M. Graves, Jonathon E. Giftakis
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: May 29, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

While some events caused by neurological disorders are readily apparent, other undesirable neurological activity may still occur but be less visible with the patient not exhibiting symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

Announcement: Final 48 Hours to Learn from 100+ Brain Experts/ 25 Key Resources/ WEF Agenda article

Dear SharpBrains reader,

First, a quick reminder: you have the opportunity to access the talks by 100+ Brain Experts at a substantial discount. This is an special promotion valid for orders placed before May 5th, 2017. (Access pass lasts for 1-year after purchase, so you’ll have plenty of time to watch sessions at your convenience).

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Second, we have compiled 25 important resources discussed during the 2015 and 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summits. We hope these 25 resources prove to be valuable to everyone working on ways to improve brain health and mental health.

Third, we believe you’ll enjoy reading the first article by our very own Alvaro Fernandez for the World Economic Forum’s Agenda blog: Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright.

Kind regards,

The SharpBrains Team

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