Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Icon

Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12

Magnetic-field-stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528

Today we are dis­cussing a 2003 patent, assigned to McLean Hos­pi­tal, pio­neer­ing brain stim­u­la­tion tech­niques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528: Mag­net­ic field stim­u­la­tion tech­niques

  • Assignee(s): McLean Hos­pi­tal
  • Inventor(s): Michael L. Rohan, Aimee Par­row, Per­ry F. Ren­shaw
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: June 3, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘528 patent dis­clos­es mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion tech­niques for enhanc­ing brain func­tion with a vari­ety of stim­u­la­tion tech­niques. Read the rest of this entry »

Akili raises an additional $11.9M; brings Amgen, Merck, Pfizer and Shire to the digital medicine table

akili-game—–

Akili Adds Amgen Ven­tures and M Ven­tures* to Series B Financ­ing, Increas­ing Round to $42.4 Mil­lion (press release):

Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, Inc. (“Akili”), a dig­i­tal med­i­cine com­pa­ny devel­op­ing nov­el, non-phar­ma­co­log­i­cal ther­a­peu­tics and diag­nos­tics for cog­ni­tive dis­or­ders, today announced an $11.9 mil­lion expan­sion of its recent Series B financ­ing. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Harnessing a virtual reality brain training game to diagnose mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

virtual supermarket.

Vir­tu­al real­i­ty brain train­ing game can detect mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment, a con­di­tion that often pre­dates Alzheimer’s dis­ease (press release):

Geek researchers demon­strat­ed the poten­tial of a vir­tu­al super­mar­ket cog­ni­tive train­ing game as a screen­ing tool for patients with mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment (MCI) among a sam­ple of old­er adults…

In an arti­cle pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease, the researchers Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Internet-based screening can help detect aging-related cognitive deficits

Cogniciti_assessment

We just came across a new and fas­ci­nat­ing sci­en­tific paper, titled Devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of a self-admin­is­tered on-line test of mem­o­ry and atten­tion for mid­dle-aged and old­er adults, and pub­lished at Fron­tiers in Aging Neu­ro­science. Here is the very read­able abstract:

There is a need for rapid and reli­able Inter­net-based screen­ing tools for cog­ni­tive assess­ment in mid­dle-aged and old­er adults. We report the psy­cho­me­t­ric prop­er­ties of an on-line tool designed to screen for cog­ni­tive deficits that Read the rest of this entry »

Does Brain Training Work? Depends. Better Question is, How, When, for Whom Can Brain Training Work?

brain training question and answersYou may have read a new wave of arti­cles claim­ing that “brain train­ing doesn’t work”, based on the recent research meta-ana­lyt­ic review Is Work­ing Mem­o­ry Train­ing Effec­tive? (Devel­op­men­tal Psy­chol­o­gy, May 2012), whose abstract says:

It has been sug­gest­ed that work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing pro­grams are effec­tive both as treat­ments for atten­tion-deficit/hy­per­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der (ADHD) and oth­er cog­ni­tive dis­or­ders in chil­dren and as a tool to improve cog­ni­tive abil­i­ty and scholas­tic attain­ment in typ­i­cal­ly devel­op­ing chil­dren and adults… Read the rest of this entry »

About SharpBrains

As seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Reuters and more, SharpBrains is an independent market research firm tracking health and performance applications of brain science.

Follow us and Engage via…

twitter_logo_header
RSS Feed

Search for anything brain-related in our article archives

Enter Your Email to receive Sharp­Brains free, monthly eNewslet­ter:

Join more than 50,000 Sub­scribers and stay informed and engaged.