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Have a great month of March!

The SharpBrains Team

Testing and training cognitive ability: Key Neurotech Patent #16

training cognitive ability

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174

Today we are featuring a key 2003 patent assigned to Cognifit ltd — fascinating to reflect how the brain training field has evolved in 14 years! (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174: Method and Apparatus for testing and training cognitive ability

  • Assignee(s): Cognifit ltd
  • Inventor(s): Shlomo Breznitz
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training
  • Issue Date: October 14, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The Detailed Description of the ‘174 patent accurately contextualises the teachings of the patent when it recites “the present invention utilizes analysis, mental exercise and intervention in an attempt to increase cognitive abilities, improve speed of reaction, and train both functional cognitive attentional, perceptual, and linguistic abilities and various aspects of memory.” Read the rest of this entry »

New studies reinforce Education and Cognitive Reserve –instead of drugs targeting beta amyloid– as most promising avenue to prolong cognitive health and reduce dementia risk

dementia-progressionDementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why (NPR):

“Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans are getting these conditions is declining. That’s according to Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive training can help maintain driving mobility

Driving2Brain training could add years behind the wheel (Futurity):

“Older adults who participate in training designed to improve cognitive ability are more likely to continue driving over the next 10 years than those who don’t, research shows.

For a new study, published in Read the rest of this entry »

Next in Human Resources: Seeing cognitive diversity as an asset to build on, not a problem to avoid

brains_neurodiversityNeurodiversity: The Benefits of Recruiting Employees with Cognitive Disabilities (Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge):

There’s a new frontier in diversity programs focused not on race or gender but on cognitive ability.

The growing interest in neurodiversity—hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—is motivated by companies looking to tap into Read the rest of this entry »

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