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The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent describing how to combine a number of neurotechnologies (EEG feedback, TMS brain stimulation, monitoring/ training software) to help “upgrade” one’s cognitive-emotive profile.

U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903: Method and system for a real time adaptive system for effecting changes in cognitive-emotive profiles

  • Inventor(s): Jaime A. Pineda, Brendan Z. Allison
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 2, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘903 patent describes coupling neuromonitoring with brain activity inducing technologies by combining techniques including EEG brainwaves, TMS devices, and a set of software tools to enhance brain functionality in adaptive and durable ways, via upgraded individual cognitive-emotive profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

The National Institute of Mental Health gives $2M grant to identify factors that make working memory training work (or not)

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Understanding Individual Differences: UC Riverside psychology professor receives $1.9 million grant to study memory training (press release):

“Aaron Seitz, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and the director of the UCR Brain Game Center for mental fitness and wellbeing, and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the school of education at UC Irvine, have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study memory training Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teasers and tips to stay sharp in between jobs (and when you have one too)

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7 WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU’RE IN BETWEEN JOBS (Fast Company):

“Sure, you didn’t plan on being on permanent vacation, a.k.a. unemployed, but here you are. And believe it or not, this can be a blessing in disguise…

3. VOLUNTEER AT AN UPCOMING INDUSTRY CONFERENCE.
Research any associations in your industry that might have an upcoming luncheon, conference, or networking event. Reach out to the coordinators to see if you could use your expertise at their next event…

5. STAY SHARP.
Exercise your mind with Read the rest of this entry »

For college students, mental health screening kiosks offer ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’

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A ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’ — Mental Health Screening Kiosks at Drexel (Drexel Now):

“During their time in college, most students learn the importance of looking out for their own health.

However, some miss the connection that their mental well-being is just as important as keeping a regular exercise regimen or eating the right diet Read the rest of this entry »

(Some) New Yorker articles are bogus

Scarecrow-or-strawmanI love reading the New Yorker. I have written before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain training claims. We have published a 10-question checklist to help consumers make informed decisions.

All this is to say I was surprised to read a recent New Yorker blog article titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with serious due diligence and analysis, and explain to readers what Read the rest of this entry »

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