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Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”

Thanks to a critical fibre connection in the brain (green), four-year-old kids can start to understand what other people think. Courtesy of Max Planck Institute.


A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A recent study is the first to examine the specific brain changes associated with this developmental breakthrough. Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring and stimulating brain activity to achieve desired brain state: Key Neurotech Patent #10

brain state

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,488,617

Today we are sharing a 2002 patent describing a system linking brain signal detection to brain stimulation techniques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,488,617: Method and device for producing a desired brain state

  • Assignee(s): Universal Hedonics
  • Inventor(s): Bruce F. Katz
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 3, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘617 patent describes a system linking brain signal detection to brain stimulation techniques with the purpose of achieving a desired brain state. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mediterranean Diet seen to substantially reduce brain shrinkage among older adults



Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet (Los Angeles Times):

“The aging brain is a shrinking brain, and a shrinking brain is, generally speaking, a brain whose performance and reaction time are declining: That is a harsh reality of growing older.

But new research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Harnessing brain scans to personalize autism-related behavioral interventions

pet_imagingAutism First: Brain Patterns May Predict Treatment Response (Medscape):

“It’s possible to predict whether a young child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will respond to an evidence-based behavioral intervention by analyzing brain activity patterns with functional MRI (fMRI) prior to treatment Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Leaky blood-brain barrier linked to cognitive decline and dementia

sn-bloodbrainLeaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer’s disease (Science Daily):

“Researchers using contrast-enhanced MRI have identified leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of people with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study published Read the rest of this entry »

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