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Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12


– 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 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


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 »

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