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E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

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Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions 🙂

New research

New tools

New thinking

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Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂

 

Have a great summer!

The SharpBrains Team

Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline and dementia? New comprehensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine clarifies priorities for public health and for future research

Evidence Supporting Three Interventions That Might Slow Cognitive Decline and the Onset of Dementia Is Encouraging but Insufficient to Justify a Public Health Campaign Focused on Their Adoption (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine):

“Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but there is insufficient evidence to support a public health campaign encouraging their adoption, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Additional research is needed to further understand and gain confidence in their effectiveness, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report Read the rest of this entry »

Addressing aging-related cognitive decline via targeted training using visual sweeps: Key neurotech patent by Posit Science

visual sweeps

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961

Today we are featuring a 2012 patent by Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ cognitive training system.

U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961: Cognitive training using visual sweeps

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Stephen G. Lisberger, Henry W. Mahncke
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive training
  • Issue Date: July 10, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The background of the ‘961 patent describes the decline in cognitive function associated with aging, such as the reduced ability to comprehend and respond to stimulus. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight research teams working with DARPA to discover best ways to activate neuroplasticity and accelerate learning

DARPA Funds Brain-Stimulation Research to Speed Learning (DoD news):

“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 the rest of this entry »

Train your brain to remember her name: Key patent for cognitive training system using face-name associations

face names

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,197,258

Today we are sharing a 2012 patent by Posit Science aimed at enhancing cognitive ability using face-name associations.

U.S. Patent No. 8,197,258: Cognitive training using face-name associations

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Henry W. Mahncke, Shruti Gangadhar
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: June 12, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The facial recognition capacities of the human brain serves a critical function, from when an infant first makes eye-contact with its mother throughout the span of adulthood where we must be able to identify and distinguish other people in order to navigate and operate in society. Read the rest of this entry »

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