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Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health.

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Finally, if you’re looking for some extra mental stimulation, don’t forget to check out our Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions.

Have a great month of March!

The SharpBrains Team

How Microsoft anticipated wearables, machine learning and cognitive enhancement: Key Neurotech Patent #18

contextual-responses

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,842,877

Let’s discuss today a fascinating patent assigned to Microsoft back in 2015. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,842,877: Contextual responses based on automated learning techniques.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
  • Inventor(s): James O. Robarts Eric L. Matteson
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training
  • Issue Date: January 11, 2005

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘877 patent discloses wearable devices that incorporate techniques for user-feedback loops to automatically improve a system’s response, for example when the computing system identifies  user’s needs and preferences through the use of sensing components, in a variety of environmental contexts. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of personalized, cognitive learning: Key Neurotech Patent #14

system method

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,611,822

Today we are sharing a 2003 patent assigned to Accenture Global Services Limited. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,611,822: System method and article of manufacture for creating collaborative application sharing.

  • Assignee(s): Accenture Global Services Limited
  • Inventor(s): Brian R. Beams, Scott B. Harris
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training
  • Issue Date: August 26, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘882 patent presents extremely broad claims over subject matter relating to online collaborative training, which includes applications directed towards cognitive training. 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 »

Method for categorizing, describing and modeling types of system users: Key Neurotech Patent #7

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,405,159

Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to AT&T Labs, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,405,159: Method for categorizing, describing and modeling types of system users

  • Assignee(s): AT&T Labs, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Robert R. Bushey, Jennifer M. Mauney
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: June 11, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

While user interfaces (UIs) are often generically built for large groups, organizations or even the general population, the ‘159 patent discloses teachings that recognize that models of each user based on unique personal indicators may be applied to tailor a UI to specific individuals and increase performance in important behavioral areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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