Story description (CNN Money): Ned Sahin is founder and CEO of neurotechnology start-up Brain Power, whose tool “Empower Me” uses smart glasses like Google Glass to coach those with autism. It helps schoolchildren learn social and cognitive skills and can even guide adults through an interview process. Brain Power’s product is sold to many schools in the U.S. but may never make it to market in Switzerland [Read more…] about Debate: What are the ethics of discouraging much-needed innovation given potential privacy concerns?
In 47 CE, Scribonius Largus, court physician to the Roman emperor Claudius, described in his Compositiones a method for treating chronic migraines: place torpedo fish on the scalps of patients to ease their pain with electric shocks. Largus was on the right path; our brains are comprised of electrical signals that influence how brain cells communicate with each other and in turn affect cognitive processes such as memory, emotion and attention.
The science of brain stimulation – altering electrical signals in the brain – has, needless to say, changed in the past 2,000 years. Today we have a handful of [Read more…] about Research trend: Combining brain stimulation with cognitive training to enhance attention and memory
This training exercise boosts brain power, Johns Hopkins researchers say (Johns Hopkins release)
“One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity. [Read more…] about Johns Hopkins study shows how brain training, if correctly targeted, can enhance cognitive and brain performance
A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A recent study is the first to examine the specific brain changes associated with this developmental breakthrough. [Read more…] about Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”
“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with seven U.S. universities and elements of the Air Force and Army on research that seeks to stimulate the brain in a non-invasive way to speed up learning.
DARPA announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, or TNT, program [Read more…] about Eight research teams working with DARPA to discover best ways to activate neuroplasticity and accelerate learning
Time for SharpBrains’ April e‑newsletter, featuring what’s new in brain health and cognitive performance. Quite stimulating reading 🙂
- Why Untrained Brains Are A Bit Like Puppies, And How To Put Together the Building Blocks of a Smarter, Happier Mind
- Making Stress Work for You, Instead of Against You
- 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution
- Special Offer: Learn from 100+ Brain Experts, Watch 40+ Hours at the Leading Edge (10%-off discount code: sharp2017)
- Dance training: The ultimate way to delay brain decline by combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement
- Helping bridge neuroscience and education: 30+ experts debunk the theory of fixed, rigid “learning styles”
- Parents’ educational and income levels (not breastfeeding per se) account for the brain development gains in breastfed children
- Brain stimulation can work–if properly timed
- The US Navy tests neuro-priming and other non-pharmacological aids to boost cognition and performance
- Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won’t distract you
- Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43
- Elon Musk to pioneer new Inner Space Frontier via Neuralink “neural lace” technology
- In the field of neurostimulation, what comes first, Published Research or Patents?
- Enhancing cognition via brain training with a visual emphasis: Key neurotechnology patent #38
Finally, here you have 5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory.
Have a great month of May,
The SharpBrains Team