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5 trends shaping the future of brain enhancement and neuropsychology

Presentation by Alvaro Fernandez at the New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) 2017 Annual Spring Conference.

Description: Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity, and where may it be headed? What are the opportunities and challenges for the Neuropsychologists of the Future? We will structure the conversation around five emerging and thought-provoking statements:

1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves

3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI), provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good

4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth

5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients.

To learn more, read Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright and explore these 25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health.

Update: Why Untrained Brains Are A Bit Like Puppies (And How Dance Offers Great Brain Training)

Time for SharpBrains’ April e-newsletter, featuring what’s new in brain health and cognitive performance. Quite stimulating reading 🙂

New thinking

New research

therapy controlNew tools

Upcoming event

 

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

5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution

Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook,  are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier.

What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed?

To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

 

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

Consider all unmet needs derived from the traditional pharma-exclusive approach to brain health.

Learning and cognitive disabilities in children are growing significantly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The related emotional and economic burden is substantial — yet, over 60-70% of those with treatment have poor outcomes, and many who need help don’t get any.

Globally, around 350 million people suffer from depression. Add to that substance abuse, and we are talking hundreds of millions of people without proper care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones getting help.

Concussions and brain impairments pervade through millions of veterans and high-contact sports practitioners, yet diagnosis and treatments are elusive.

And let’s not forget the perfectly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Four reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright

Hundreds of companies and science labs around the globe are researching the inner workings of the human brain and mind, and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier for longer.

What explains this flurry of activity? Read the rest of this entry »

Starting today: Past and Future Pervasive Neurotechnologies, as seen through 50 Key Patents

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In order to provide a better perspective into the evolution of the digital brain health industry, we are sharing some of our analysis of 50 foundational patents, as identified and discussed in the 2015 market report Pervasive Neurotechnology: A Groundbreaking Analysis of 10,000+ Patent Filings Transforming Medicine, Health, Entertainment and Business.

We will discuss one patent a day, from older to newer by issue date. Today we are sharing a 1999 patent assigned to Scientific Learning Corporation. We hope you enjoy the peek into the future 🙂

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 5,927,988

U.S. Patent No. 5,927,988: Method and apparatus for training of sensory and perceptual systems in LLI subjects

  • Assignee(s): Scientific Learning Corp.
  • Inventor(s): William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Steven Lamont Miller, Bret E. Peterson, Paula Tallal
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: July 27, 1999

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘988 patent is one of Scientific Learning’s patents directed to cognitive training in the area of language improvement and speech training — an area that affects a wide number of individuals ranging from children with language disabilities to stroke victims suffering from lost neurological connections necessary for auditory communication. Employing adaptive learning techniques, the ‘988 patent provides methods that test a user’s ability to decipher words emitted via a computer speech synthesizer Read the rest of this entry »

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