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Photobiomodulation: A new and promising way to enhance brain function

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As is increas­ing­ly evi­dent, there are mul­ti­ple meth­ods aimed at enhanc­ing brain func­tion.

Brain train­ing and mind­ful­ness prac­tices are com­mon­ly used. Sub­stance-based meth­ods are pop­u­lar too, includ­ing hal­lu­cino­gens in the form of plant extracts, and drugs. Same as tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS) and tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion (TMS): All of these are promis­ing but have been chal­lenged — for exam­ple, the repro­ducibil­i­ty of elec­tri­cal-based stim­u­la­tion results is increas­ing­ly ques­tioned. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12

Magnetic-field-stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528

Today we are dis­cussing a 2003 patent, assigned to McLean Hos­pi­tal, pio­neer­ing brain stim­u­la­tion tech­niques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528: Mag­net­ic field stim­u­la­tion tech­niques

  • Assignee(s): McLean Hos­pi­tal
  • Inventor(s): Michael L. Rohan, Aimee Par­row, Per­ry F. Ren­shaw
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: June 3, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘528 patent dis­clos­es mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion tech­niques for enhanc­ing brain func­tion with a vari­ety of stim­u­la­tion tech­niques. Read the rest of this entry »

Reinventing brain health via new ways to assess and enhance brain function across the lifespan

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Dur­ing this 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit ses­sion, we explored new ways to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wear­ables, led by Corin­na E. Lath­an, Founder and CEO of Anthro­Tron­ix, Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius, Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, and Kei­th Epstein, Senior Strate­gic Advi­sor at AARP.

–> Learn more & Reg­is­ter to par­tic­i­pate at the upcom­ing 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016)

Top 10 SharpBrains Resources in 2015 to Navigate the Brain Health Revolution

These are the 10 most pop­u­lar Sharp­Brains resources in 2015, span­ning a wide range of brain, health & neu­rotech­nol­o­gy top­ics and avail­able in mul­ti­ple plat­forms:

1. Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wear­ables (Slid­edeck)

2. Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era (Slid­edeck)

3. Sharp­Brains @ New York Pub­lic Library: Prac­ti­cal Advice to Keep Your Brain Sharp (YouTube video)

4. Why We Need to Retool “Use It Or Lose It”: Healthy Brain Aging (ICAA arti­cle)

5. Under what con­di­tions does brain train­ing work? (Slid­edeck)

6. Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy: A Ground­break­ing Analy­sis of 10,000+ Patent Fil­ings Trans­form­ing Med­i­cine, Health, Enter­tain­ment and Busi­ness (Info­graph­ic)

7. Review of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can blog) — The book is now avail­able in Eng­lish, Span­ish, Japan­ese and Pol­ish!

8. How Does a Child’s Brain Learn? (Slid­edeck)

9. Solv­ing the Brain Fit­ness Puz­zle Is the Key to Self-Empow­ered Aging (Gen­er­a­tions arti­cle)

10. 25 Key Ref­er­ences to Nav­i­gate the Brain Health and Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Rev­o­lu­tion ( Sharp­Brains arti­cle)

We hope you enjoy them, and share your favorites with oth­er sharp friends and col­leagues! To stay on top of new arti­cles and resources, you can fol­low us via Face­bookTwit­terLinkedIn and our eNewslet­ter.

And, if you are look­ing for some addi­tion­al cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion, check out these great brain teasers, games and illu­sions, for adults of any age!

Warm regards,

The Sharp­Brains Team

Best practices to assess and enhance brain function via mobile devices and wearables

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Corin­na E. Lath­an, Founder and CEO of Anthro­Tron­ix
  • Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius
  • Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Arte­facts
  • Chair: Kei­th Epstein, Senior Strate­gic Advi­sor at AARP

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