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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 »

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 »

5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory

Look­ing for some fun–and free–cognitive stim­u­la­tion over the week­end? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to chal­lenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capac­i­ty to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while work­ing on pro­cess­ing and inte­grat­ing it)

Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may seem 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

– Giant neu­ron iden­ti­fied in mouse brain via nov­el brain imag­ing tech­nique. Study linked below.

Last week was Brain Aware­ness Week, so let’s first of all dis­cuss these 10 Key Facts to Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty & Improve Brain Fit­ness com­ing from the hun­dreds of sci­en­tif­ic and med­ical stud­ies we ana­lyzed to pre­pare the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Improve Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age.

And here’s the rest of Sharp­Brains’ e-newslet­ter explor­ing the lat­est in brain health and men­tal per­for­mance.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):

 

Final­ly, here’s a brain teas­er to test your pat­tern recog­ni­tion and oth­er cog­ni­tive skills: The Emp­ty Tri­an­gle.

 

Have a nice Spring!

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Brain Teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle

Please enjoy this fun brain teas­er, pro­vid­ed by puz­zle mas­ter Wes Car­roll.

The Empty Triangle:

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Question:

Which num­ber should be placed in the emp­ty tri­an­gle?  Read the rest of this entry »

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