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Mindstrong Health identifies digital biomarkers of cognitive function using smartphone data

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mHealth Research on Men­tal Health Taps Into One’s Tap­ping Habits (mHealth Intel­li­gence):

Health­care providers look­ing to use mHealth in behav­ioral health treat­ment have long strug­gled to make the tech­nol­o­gy unob­tru­sive. But recent research sug­gests that remote mon­i­tor­ing of peo­ple with men­tal health issues could be done by ana­lyz­ing their smart­phone habits.

A recent report in the jour­nal NPJ Dig­i­tal Med­i­cine sug­gests that a smart­phone app that col­lects user activ­i­ty in the back­ground can help tele­men­tal health­care providers mea­sure that user’s dai­ly habits and detect when those habits devi­ate. By com­bin­ing Read the rest of this entry »

On the value and the limits of cognitive screening, as seen in President Trump’s examination

Exam­ple clocks, cour­tesy of William Souil­lard-Man­dar et al (2015)

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In the News:

Why you may be mis­un­der­stand­ing the men­tal test that Trump passed with fly­ing col­ors (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

On its sur­face, the Mon­tre­al Cog­ni­tive Assess­ment (MoCA) test seems pret­ty easy. Can you draw a three-dimen­sion­al cube? Can you iden­ti­fy these var­i­ous ani­mals? Can you draw a clock? Can you repeat back the phrase, “The cat always hid under the couch when dogs were in the room”?…The point is not that the test is easy. The point is that an inabil­i­ty to com­plete aspects of the test reveals dif­fer­ent types of men­tal decline. Read the rest of this entry »

Mental health meets the digital revolution: Mindstrong Health raises $14 million to modernize the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders via artificial intelligence (AI) and smartphones

Mind­strong Health Rais­es $14 Mil­lion in Series-A Fund­ing (press release):

Mind­strong Health, a start­up trans­form­ing the diag­no­sis and treat­ment of neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders through the pow­er of AI and ubiq­ui­tous mobile tech­nol­o­gy, today announced that it has secured a $14 mil­lion round of Series-A fund­ing. Led by Fore­site Cap­i­tal and ARCH Ven­ture Part­ners, the round includ­ed Read the rest of this entry »

Elon Musk to pioneer new Inner Space Frontier via Neuralink “neural lace” technology

Elon Musk Launch­es Neu­ralink to Con­nect Brains With Com­put­ers (The Wall Street Jour­nal):

Build­ing a mass-mar­ket elec­tric vehi­cle and col­o­niz­ing Mars aren’t ambi­tious enough for Elon Musk. The bil­lion­aire entre­pre­neur now wants to merge com­put­ers with human brains to help peo­ple keep up with machines. Read the rest of this entry »

Study debunks 4 common myths about brain training and lifelong cognitive enhancement

If the media is your main source of infor­ma­tion about brain train­ing and cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, you will prob­a­bly believe the fol­low­ing:

1) All brain train­ing is the same…

2) …and it sim­ply doesn’t work.

3) Com­mer­cial brain train­ing pro­grams, espe­cial­ly, don’t work.

4) How could they work? Genet­ics is des­tiny, aging is a pre­de­ter­mined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

If you tracked and ana­lyzed the sci­en­tif­ic lit­er­a­ture around cog­ni­tive train­ing, cog­ni­tive ther­a­pies, biofeed­back, med­i­ta­tion, brain reserve and neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty in gen­er­al, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that pre­vent a more nuanced con­ver­sa­tion about brain-enhanc­ing lifestyles and about the emerg­ing brain train­ing and neu­rotech­nol­o­gy toolk­it.

Good news is, a just-pub­lished study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive training–and pro­vide a bet­ter Read the rest of this entry »

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