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Study suggests the real deficit underlying Attention Deficit Disorders is not Attention, but Working Memory

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Many parents have observed that their child with ADHD stays attentive and engaged during ‘high interest’ activities, e.g., while playing video games, but has considerable problems staying focused on less inherently engaging tasks, e.g., doing schoolwork. This discrepancy in attention during preferred and non-preferred activities has led some to Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Biopharma embraces digital cognitive assessments to identify behavioral health biomarkers

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The hunt for behavioral health biomarkers is harnessing digital health at the research stage (MedCity News):

“Digital health companies are going through an interesting transformation as research institutions realize the benefit of their technology to collect and manage data for a host of studies. The biopharma industry’s embrace of some digital health tools to manage the costs of drug development has led to more frequent collaborations with Read the rest of this entry »

Digital brain health goes global: Savonix raises $5.1 million to commercialize mobile neurocognitive assessment in the US, China and Japan

Savonix gets $5.1M to advance digital neurocognitive assessment (MobiHealth News):

“San Francisco-based Savonix, maker of an app for neurocognitive assessment, has raised $5.1 million in a new round of funding. DigiTx Partners led the round with additional contribution from ReThink Impact. Read the rest of this entry »

Addressing aging-related cognitive decline via targeted training using visual sweeps: Key neurotech patent by Posit Science

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961

Today we are featuring a 2012 patent by Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ cognitive training system.

U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961: Cognitive training using visual sweeps

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Stephen G. Lisberger, Henry W. Mahncke
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive training
  • Issue Date: July 10, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The background of the ‘961 patent describes the decline in cognitive function associated with aging, such as the reduced ability to comprehend and respond to stimulus. Read the rest of this entry »

Researchers propose four “neurorights” to harness neurotechnology for good: cognitive liberty, mental privacy, mental integrity, and psychological continuity

A new category of human rights: neurorights (BioMed Central):

“Neuroscience provides us with an insight into the mental processes underpinning human behavior: thanks to rapid advances in neurotechnology it is possible to record, monitor, decode and modulate the neural correlates of mental processes with ever more accuracy. In this rapidly evolving technological scenario Read the rest of this entry »

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