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Cognitive enhancement at the edge: The US Navy tests neuro-priming and other non-pharmacological aids to boost cognition and performance

Super SEALs: Elite Units Pur­sue Brain-Stim­u­lat­ing Tech­nolo­gies (Military.com):

At a con­fer­ence near Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in Feb­ru­ary, the com­man­der of all Navy spe­cial oper­a­tions units made an unusu­al request to indus­try: Devel­op and demon­strate tech­nolo­gies that offer “cog­ni­tive enhance­ment” capa­bil­i­ties to boost his elite forces’ men­tal and phys­i­cal per­for­mance Read the rest of this entry »

Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

Last week I shared some key sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal and invest­ment trends rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing Brain Health, based on my par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, and promised a sec­ond arti­cle more focused on the tech­nol­o­gy side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit I also attend­ed CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myr­i­ad emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies –autonomous vehi­cles, robot­ics, drones, aug­ment­ed and vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­sets, voice acti­vat­ed every­thing– I was most­ly struck by a firm named Halo Neu­ro­science. They have a fas­ci­nat­ing wear­able prod­uct, Halo Sport, claim­ing to accel­er­ate gains in strength, explo­sive­ness, endurance, and mus­cle mem­o­ry, improv­ing the brain’s response to ath­let­ic train­ing. It uses tDCS (tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion), essen­tial­ly prim­ing move­ment-relat­ed cir­cuits of the brain to become more recep­tive to stim­uli, help­ing the brain wire in the prac­tice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both con­fer­ences allowed me to see the cut­ting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

Next: How to navigate transcranial electrical stimulation claims and devices

halo-neurostim-product-shot-600x338HALO CLAIMS TO MAKE YOU JUMP HIGHER, THINK FASTER, REMEMBER LONGER (Newsweek):

On the table in front of me in a New York hotel lob­by lies a gad­get from Halo Neu­ro­science that looks like a cross between high-end head­phones and a crown of thorns…Halo isn’t a crazy, out-of-the-blue break­through. It relies on tran­scra­nial elec­tri­cal stim­u­la­tion (tES), a tech­nique that Read the rest of this entry »

Next: NeuroGaming conference + ESCoNS Summit in San Francisco

NeuroGaming-2015.

Heads-up about a great upcom­ing event. The Neu­roGam­ing 2015 Con­fer­ence and Expo on May 6–7 is the place where mind and body meet game play, where neu­rogame devel­op­ers share the lat­est emo­tion­al, cog­ni­tive, sen­so­ry and behav­ioral tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate com­pelling expe­ri­ences to engage and enter­tain gamers world­wide. New this year — ESCoNS Pre-con­fer­ence Sum­mit,  to take a deep dive on aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly rig­or­ous research into the future of ther­a­peu­tic neu­rogames for brain dis­or­ders. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming event: NeuroGaming + ESCoNS Summit 2015 (May 5–7; San Francisco)

NeuroGaming-2015.

Heads-up about a great upcom­ing event. The Neu­roGam­ing 2015 Con­fer­ence and Expo on May 6–7 is the place where mind and body meet game play, where neu­rogame devel­op­ers share the lat­est emo­tion­al, cog­ni­tive, sen­so­ry and behav­ioral tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate com­pelling expe­ri­ences to engage and enter­tain gamers world­wide. New this year — ESCoNS Pre-con­fer­ence Sum­mit,  to take a deep dive on aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly rig­or­ous research into the future of ther­a­peu­tic neu­rogames for brain dis­or­ders. Read the rest of this entry »

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