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Enhancing cognition via brain training with a visual emphasis: Key neurotechnology patent #38

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– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097

Today we high­light a 2010 patent assigned to Posit Sci­ence Cor­po­ra­tion, the devel­op­er of Brain­HQ brain train­ing sys­tem. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patents, from old­er to new­er by issue date, to get a bet­ter glimpse into emerg­ing trends)

U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097: Visu­al empha­sis for cog­ni­tive train­ing exer­cis­es

  • Assignee(s): Posit Sci­ence Cor­po­ra­tion
  • Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Hen­ry W. Mah­ncke, Don­ald Richard
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­rocog­ni­tive train­ing
  • Issue Date: August 10, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

In a sim­i­lar yet unique approach to the ‘961 patent (anoth­er note­wor­thy non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nol­o­gy patent assigned to Posit Sci­ence), the ‘097 patent dis­clos­es meth­ods for iter­a­tive­ly test­ing and train­ing a user’s abil­i­ty to dis­cern between pre­sent­ed stim­uli. Read the rest of this entry »

Non-invasive brain stimulation in children creates opportunities and risks

TMSvtDCSBrain Stim­u­la­tion in Chil­dren Spurs Hope—and Con­cern (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

The idea of using mag­nets or elec­tric cur­rents to treat psy­chi­atric or learn­ing dis­or­ders — or just to enhance cog­ni­tion — has gen­er­at­ed a flur­ry of excite­ment over the past ten years. The tech­nique is thought to work by acti­vat­ing neur­al cir­cuits or by mak­ing it eas­i­er for neu­rons to fire. The research is still in its infan­cy, but at least 10,000 adults have under­gone Read the rest of this entry »

The billion dollar question: Under what conditions can brain training result in real-world benefits?

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Does any­one care if “brain games” actu­al­ly work? (For­tune):

The cog­ni­tive fit­ness mar­ket — loose­ly defined as non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies that mon­i­tor or enhance cog­ni­tion — is booming…The “brain game” indus­try is already a bil­lion dol­lar mar­ket, and will reach the $6 bil­lion mark with­in the next five years says Sharp­Brains, a neu­ro-well­ness mar­ket research firm.

But key ques­tions remain: Do these pro­grams live up to the hype? Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To improve memory and thinking, try the Mediterranean diet with added olive oil and nuts

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ May e‑newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain and mind stud­ies, per­va­sive neu­rotech­nol­ogy news, and brain fit­ness insights.

New research:

New tools:

New report on innovation & IP:

 

Have a great month of June!

Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits

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If Home Brain Train­ing Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Health­line):

In a study pub­lished online Nov. 18 in PLOS Med­i­cine, Aus­tralian researchers reviewed 52 pre­vi­ous stud­ies that looked at the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­ized brain train­ing soft­ware for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain train­ing pro­grams like Lumos­i­ty, Cogmed, and Posit Sci­ence promise to help you strength­en your brain, the new study found most­ly small ben­e­fits.

The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »

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