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NHS Choices helps improve brain health and science literacy by reporting findings in context — as seen in this brain training & schizophrenia example


Video game-based ‘brain train­ing’ may help peo­ple with schiz­o­phre­nia (NHS Choic­es):

Peo­ple with schiz­o­phre­nia can be trained by play­ing a video game to con­trol the part of the brain linked to ver­bal hal­lu­ci­na­tions,” BBC News reports Read the rest of this entry »

Study shows how practicing gratitude can help train your brain and improve mental health over time

With the rise of man­aged health care, which empha­sizes cost-effi­cien­cy and brevi­ty, men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als have had to con­front this burn­ing ques­tion: How can they help clients derive the great­est pos­si­ble ben­e­fit from treat­ment in the short­est amount of time? Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroimaging study finds extensive brain rewiring–in just six months–among illiterate adults learning to read and write

Learn­ing to read and write rewires adult brain in six months (New Sci­en­tist):

Learn­ing to read can have pro­found effects on the wiring of the adult brain – even in regions that aren’t usu­al­ly asso­ci­at­ed with read­ing and writ­ing.

That’s what Michael Skei­de of the Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Cog­ni­tive and Brain Sci­ences in Leipzig, Ger­many, and his col­leagues found when they taught a group of illit­er­ate adults in rur­al India to read and write Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Will brain sensors be able to infer the mental state of a person–and, for example, identify sarcasm in a message?

-– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215

Today we high­light a thought-pro­vok­ing patent by Intel­lec­tu­al Ven­tures. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patents–from old­er to new­er by issue date–to gain a glimpse into future appli­ca­tions)

U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215: Acqui­si­tion and par­tic­u­lar asso­ci­a­tion of infer­ence data indica­tive of inferred men­tal states of author­ing users

  • Assignee(s): The Inven­tion Sci­ence Fund I, LLC (Intel­lec­tu­al Ven­tures)
  • Inventor(s): Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A.
  • Mala­mud, John D. Rinal­do, Jr., Low­ell L. Wood, JR.
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­ro-mon­i­tor­ing
  • Issue Date: Decem­ber 20, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

Focused on eval­u­at­ing the men­tal state of a message’s author, the ‘215 patent describes some inter­est­ing aspects of neu­rotech­nol­o­gy that make the patent note­wor­thy. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Increasing neuroplasticity via neuroimaging-enhanced brain stimulation


– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584

Today we high­light a very thought-pro­vok­ing (pun intend­ed) patent by Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584: Meth­ods and appa­ra­tus for effec­tu­at­ing a last­ing change in a neur­al-func­tion of a patient

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): W. Dou­glas Sheffield, Andrew D. Fir­lik, Kat­ri­na S. Fir­lik
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: July 13, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘584 patent dis­clos­es tech­niques for iden­ti­fy­ing stim­u­la­tion sites of the brain to facil­i­tate plas­tic­i­ty that can aid in reha­bil­i­ta­tion of dys­func­tion result­ing from a stroke, trau­mat­ic injury, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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