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Tease your brain with the Hermann Grid illusion

Here’s a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of the Her­mann Grid illu­sion in the real-world: You will notice faint white cir­cles appear where the hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal slats inter­sect in the win­dow frame (even if no white cir­cles are there at all!)

The Hermann Grid illusion

In this image, do you see some­thing oth­er than black and white? 

Hermann Grid

While there are only black blocks and white spaces in the grid, the high con­trast black and white areas fool the eyes into per­ceiv­ing a gray cir­cle at each inter­sec­tion. The illu­sion results from Read the rest of this entry »

New study reinforces need for proactive cognitive monitoring after heart surgery

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Heart surgery: Does it impact cog­ni­tive abil­i­ty? (Med­ical News Today):

Almost 8 mil­lion peo­ple in the Unit­ed States under­go car­dio­vas­cu­lar surgery or oth­er relat­ed pro­ce­dures each year.

Thanks to the steady improve­ments made by med­ical sci­ence, the pro­ce­dures are becom­ing ever safer and can give peo­ple a new lease of life.

Aware of improve­ments in phys­i­cal health due to car­dio­vas­cu­lar surgery, sci­en­tists know less about the cog­ni­tive impact of open heart surgery.

A recent study set out to under­stand pre­cise­ly how heart surgery might influ­ence the mind 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 »

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 »

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