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Coming soon near you: Smartphones, fridges and cars with emotional intelligence

Illus­tra­tion: Affec­ti­va

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Wouldn’t You Like Alexa Bet­ter if It Knew When It Was Annoy­ing You? (IEEE Spec­trum):

What could your com­put­er, phone, or oth­er gad­get do dif­fer­ent­ly if it knew how you were feel­ing?

Rana el Kaliou­by, founder and CEO of Affec­ti­va, is con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of such a world Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

– Giant neu­ron iden­ti­fied in mouse brain via nov­el brain imag­ing tech­nique. Study linked below.

Last week was Brain Aware­ness Week, so let’s first of all dis­cuss these 10 Key Facts to Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty & Improve Brain Fit­ness com­ing from the hun­dreds of sci­en­tif­ic and med­ical stud­ies we ana­lyzed to pre­pare the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Improve Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age.

And here’s the rest of Sharp­Brains’ e‑newsletter explor­ing the lat­est in brain health and men­tal per­for­mance.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):

 

Final­ly, here’s a brain teas­er to test your pat­tern recog­ni­tion and oth­er cog­ni­tive skills: The Emp­ty Tri­an­gle.

 

Have a nice Spring!

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Tailoring computing experience based on user’s mental state and quality of attention: Key neurotechnology patent #30

Automated selection

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507

Today we high­light a fas­ci­nat­ing 2008 patent assigned to Microsoft, dis­cussing assess­ment tech­niques such as pupil track­ing or head ori­en­ta­tion sen­sors to iden­ti­fy where and what the user is focused on–and what types of  infor­ma­tion and/ or noti­fi­ca­tions to dis­play accord­ing­ly.

U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507: Auto­mat­ed selec­tion of appro­pri­ate infor­ma­tion based on a com­put­er user’s con­text.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Cor­po­ra­tion
  • Inventor(s): James O. Robarts, Dan Newell, Ken­neth H. Abbott
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­ro-mon­i­tor­ing
  • Issue Date: July 1, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘507 patent dis­clos­es meth­ods for assess­ing a user’s men­tal state and more broad­ly the user’s con­text, to dis­cern whether or not to present the users with a mes­sage (e.g., an adver­tise­ment). Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Technology to enable patient-centered, collaborative behavioral health and chronic care management

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Tech Is Dri­ving Col­lab­o­ra­tion In Behav­ioral Health (TechCrunch):

Col­lab­o­ra­tion amongst providers is crit­i­cal in all aspects of med­i­cine, but nowhere is this more true than in behav­ioral health (men­tal health and sub­stance use dis­or­ders), where the costs of poor col­lab­o­ra­tion are sky-high…There is a moun­tain of evi­dence to sug­gest that Read the rest of this entry »

The human resources frontier: enhancing wellness and productivity via better brain health

Employee-benefitsEmploy­ers turn­ing to ‘brain health’ tools to reduce stress, increase pro­duc­tiv­i­ty (HR.BLR.com):
“Brain health is not just about dis­ease. It’s not just about depres­sion or anx­i­ety,” says Read the rest of this entry »

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