Electroencephalography is a decades-old technique for capturing brain activity, data that are used to evaluate brain disorders. Beacon Biosignals is applying artificial intelligence to these tests, and the neurotechnology startup has found a ready market in pharmaceutical companies interested in assessing how their experimental brain therapies are working. Now Beacon Biosignals has something else: $27 million in financing. [Read more…] about Beacon Biosignals raises $27M to scale EEG, AI-based neurobiomarker discovery platform
I’m a big believer in daydreaming now and then—especially when I’m out hiking. There’s something about being in nature that helps me let go of daily cares and allows my mind to wander where it will, which feels great and often jumpstarts my creativity as a writer and musician.
I admit, though, I’ve been troubled by research showing how mind-wandering could make me less productive or depressed—the last thing I need! But it turns out this gap between personal experience and science may best be explained by how researchers have lumped together different kinds of mind-wandering. Not all research has differentiated between depressive rumination (like replaying an ongoing disagreement with our spouse in our minds) and pleasant daydreaming (letting our minds wander freely). [Read more…] about Becoming better mind-wanderers to boost problem-solving and mood
The perils of opening the mind (Boston Globe):
“Forget the joystick. Today you can use your mind alone to navigate virtual environments or fly real-world drones. You can buy sleek headbands that read your brain signals and help you meditate or stay focused. Or you can get them for your kids to make sure they’re working, not daydreaming [Read more…] about Let’s anticipate the potential misuse of neurological data to minimize the risks–and maximize the benefits
Brain-wave pattern can identify people likely to respond to antidepressant, study finds (Stanford Medicine press release):
“A new method of interpreting brain activity could potentially be used in clinics to help determine the best treatment options for depression, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Stanford researchers and their collaborators used electroencephalography, a tool for monitoring electrical activity in the brain, and an algorithm to identify a brain-wave signature in [Read more…] about Machine-learning study finds EEG brain signatures that predict response to antidepressant treatments
Army develops big data approach to neuroscience (press release):
“A big data approach to neuroscience promises to significantly improve our understanding of the relationship between brain activity and performance.
To date, there have been relatively few attempts to use a big-data approach within the emerging field of neurotechnology. [Read more…] about U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology
Wearable brain devices sold with questionable claims (Computer World):
“Wearable ‘neurotechnology’ devices have in recent years hit the mainstream market; pitched to consumers as a way to improve memory and attention, boost brain fitness and control games and objects with the power of the mind.
An analysis of commercially available wearable ‘neurodevices’ published this week in journal Neuron has cast doubt on whether their makers can back up such claims. [Read more…] about Study: Few wearable neurotechnologies have been directly tested by high-quality, peer-reviewed research