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Study: Few wearable neurotechnologies have been directly tested by high-quality, peer-reviewed research

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Wear­able brain devices sold with ques­tion­able claims (Com­put­er World):

Wear­able ‘neu­rotech­nol­o­gy’ devices have in recent years hit the main­stream mar­ket; pitched to con­sumers as a way to improve mem­o­ry and atten­tion, boost brain fit­ness and con­trol games and objects with the pow­er of the mind.

An analy­sis of com­mer­cial­ly avail­able wear­able ‘neu­rode­vices’ pub­lished this week in jour­nal Neu­ron has cast doubt on whether their mak­ers can back up such claims. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cen­tre for Aging + Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CABHI), led by Bay­crest, helps inno­va­tors devel­op, dis­sem­i­nate, scale, and pro­mote adop­tion of promis­ing inno­va­tions in the aging and brain health sec­tor.

 

Joy Ven­tures is a pri­vate­ly fund­ed invest­ment com­pa­ny found­ed by Corun­dum Open Inno­va­tion and ded­i­cat­ed to spear­head­ing the Neu­ro-Well­ness are­na by sup­port­ing break­through sci­en­tif­ic research through grants and invest­ing in star­tups and entre­pre­neurs which bring inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts to con­sumers in ways that are fun and easy to use.

 

Total Brain is a ful­ly owned sub­sidiary of Brain Resource Lim­it­ed (ASX:BRC), at the fore­front of apply­ing clin­i­cal­ly val­i­dat­ed brain assess­ment and brain train­ing to improve behav­ioral health out­comes. For­mer­ly called MyBrain­So­lu­tions, Total Brain is the world’s first brain per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing and train­ing plat­form pow­ered by the largest stan­dard­ized brain data­base.

 

VieLight has a mis­sion to engi­neer and com­mer­cial­ize non-inva­sive devices based on pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion that are safe and effec­tive, easy to use and afford­able. It focus­es on devel­op­ing new-gen­er­a­tion home-use brain stim­u­la­tion devices that are enjoy­ing a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion to be help­ful for men­tal acu­ity in var­i­ous pre­sen­ta­tions.

 

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Brain training seen as promising non-pharmacological method to enhance attention in healthy young adults

This brain train­ing app may help you stay focused, says new study (CNN):

Our dig­i­tal lives make con­cen­tra­tion difficult…A group of Cam­bridge uni­ver­si­ty researchers believes to have devel­oped a “fun” solu­tion to this mod­ern prob­lem. By play­ing a “brain train­ing” game, called Decoder, play­ers can increase their con­cen­tra­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you respond to unfamiliar music?

Music seems to be a social glue. Think of how love songs enhance our roman­tic feel­ings, how march­ing bands inten­si­fy our affin­i­ty for the home team, or how huge rock con­certs make us feel one with a crowd of thou­sands. Music has some spe­cial pow­er to increase our sense of con­nec­tion and help us affil­i­ate with oth­ers.

But why? What’s hap­pen­ing in our brains that makes an iso­lat­ed set of sounds res­onate in these ways? A new neu­ro­science study aimed to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

Think twice before taking Aderall for cognitive enhancement: It may actually impair working memory and other cognitive abilities

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ADHD drugs do not improve cog­ni­tion in healthy col­lege stu­dents (Sci­enceDai­ly):

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief across col­lege cam­pus­es, atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der (ADHD) med­ica­tions may fail to improve cog­ni­tion in healthy stu­dents and actu­al­ly can impair func­tion­ing, accord­ing to a study by researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rhode Island and Brown Uni­ver­si­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

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