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FDA clears MindMaze GO neurorehabilitation platform, easing access to continued outpatient therapy

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Mind­Maze Con­sol­i­dates First-ever FDA Approval for Inpa­tient and Out­pa­tient Neu­rore­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ther­a­py (press release):

Mind­Maze, a leader in brain­tech, has today announced that it has obtained FDA clear­ance to launch its portable neu­rore­ha­bil­i­ta­tion prod­uct, Mind­Mo­tion™ GO, in the Unit­ed States. Togeth­er with Mind­Mo­tion PRO (which received FDA clear­ance in 2017), Mind­Mo­tion GO is the next offer­ing in the company’s con­tin­u­um of care, pro­vid­ing gam­i­fied neu­rore­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ther­a­py. Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Future of Brain Enhancement and Mental Health is Digital and Pervasive

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It was a great plea­sure to share lat­est data and insights with a fan­tas­tic com­mu­ni­ty of researchers, engi­neers, inno­va­tors and investors, host­ed by the Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Cen­tre for Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy in Lon­don. Hope you enjoy the slides!

Talk descrip­tion: As seen in patent and invest­ment trends, research find­ings and consumer/patient behav­iors, Men­tal Health and Brain Enhance­ment are rapid­ly evolv­ing in trans­for­ma­tion­al ways which some call “empow­er­ing” and some “con­tro­ver­sial.” Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Edi­tor-in-Chief of inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm Sharp­Brains, will present and dis­cuss the lat­est mar­ket data and fore­casts on how dig­i­tal plat­forms are poised to rev­o­lu­tion­ize brain & men­tal health diag­nos­tics, mon­i­tor­ing, ther­a­pies and enhance­ment.

More pub­lic events Here and upcom­ing vir­tu­al con­fer­ence Here.

May 8th: How Neurotech Innovation Leads to New Healthcare Realities @ Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal

Heads-up: the 2018 Hora­sis Glob­al Meet­ing will host a ses­sion on How Inno­va­tion Leads to New Health­care Real­i­ties, and our very own Alvaro Fer­nan­dez will dis­cuss the lat­est in neu­rotech­nol­o­gy, brain & men­tal health and also set the stage for the upcom­ing launch of the Por­tuguese edi­tionof The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (also avail­able in Span­ish, Japan­ese and Pol­ish).

Descrip­tion: Inno­va­tion in health-care is advanc­ing glob­al­ly, offer­ing trans­for­ma­tive change. In an aging soci­ety we might con­sid­er bet­ter pal­lia­tive care most impor­tant – but are there oth­er areas that offer bet­ter prospects?  How may our plan­et and we become more resilient?

When: May 8th, 08.00–09.30

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News you can use: To improve memory, exercise brain and body at the same time

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ eNewslet­ter  track­ing the lat­est think­ing, research and tools for brain health.

This month we fea­ture five fas­ci­nat­ing inter­views at the fron­tier of applied neu­ro­science and a recent study sug­gest­ing that “Per­form­ing mem­o­ry train­ing exer­cis­es at the same time as ped­al­ing a sta­tion­ary bike led to bet­ter gains in mem­o­ry than doing the train­ing exer­cis­es after work­ing up a sweat…”

Enjoy the read!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

 

Final­ly, you may want to learn about cog­ni­tion and men­tal self-rota­tion with these quick brain teasers.

Have a great month of March,

The Sharp­Brains Team

A conversation with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg on Creativity, Neuroscience, and Technological Innovation

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Dear Elkhonon, a plea­sure to have you with us. Let’s get out the gate by dis­cussing how are new ideas born — for exam­ple, how exact­ly did you first think about writ­ing your new book, Cre­ativ­i­ty: The Human Brain in the Age of Inno­va­tion?

Orig­i­nal­ly, I set out to write a book about how the brain deals with nov­el­ty — a long-stand­ing focus of my own research. But the more I thought about it, the more the sub­ject of cre­ativ­i­ty was com­ing up, so I decid­ed to tack­le nov­el­ty and cre­ativ­i­ty at the same time.

Do we need yet anoth­er book on Cre­ativ­i­ty?

We absolute­ly do. Cre­ativ­i­ty is not just an indi­vid­ual feat; it is embed­ded into a cul­ture which either fos­ter, sti­fles, or shapes it in a vari­ety of ways. And it is nev­er a strict­ly soli­tary process, since even the most cre­ative mind draws on the pre­vi­ous­ly accu­mu­lat­ed knowl­edge. So, in order to tru­ly under­stand cre­ativ­i­ty, we must inte­grate neu­ro­sci­en­tif­ic and cul­tur­al per­spec­tives into a coher­ent nar­ra­tive. To my knowl­edge, this has not been done before, and this is what my book aims to accom­plish.

I am par­tic­u­lar­ly fas­ci­nat­ed by the dynam­ic rela­tion­ship between over- and under­ac­ti­va­tion of pre­frontal cor­tex areas in the cre­ative process and dis­cuss it exten­sive­ly in the book. This is one of the most intrigu­ing and pos­si­bly most con­se­quen­tial aspects of the brain machin­ery of cre­ativ­i­ty.

What have we learned about the brain mech­a­nisms of cre­ativ­i­ty over the last five to ten years?

We have learned a lot: that cre­ativ­i­ty is not a mono­lith­ic trait; that is con­sists of many mov­ing parts and may take many paths even with­in the same are­na of human endeav­or; that it is not linked to any sin­gle brain struc­ture or to a sin­gle gene or even a small group of genes.

How do you define Cre­ativ­i­ty, and what can Neu­ro­science con­tribute to its under­stand­ing?

Cre­ativ­i­ty is often defined as the abil­i­ty to come up with con­tent which is both nov­el and salient. Read the rest of this entry »

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