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Belén Guerra-Carrillo to speak about Cognition, Learning and How to Conduct a 200,000-participant Study at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Proud to confirm a new excellent Speaker @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

Belén Guerra-Carrillo is an NSF fellow and a doctoral student at UC Berkeley in Prof. Silvia Bunge’s Building Blocks of Cognition Lab. She is particularly interested in the neural and cognitive mechanisms that give rise to changes that occur as a result of learning, and uses multiple methodologies–eye-tracking, neuroimaging, big data and more– to gain a richer picture of how and when these changes take place, as well as the factors that may influence individual learning trajectories, as evidenced by the fascinating recent study published just two weeks ago and outlined below.

UC Berkeley study links cognitive longevity to higher education (The Daily Californian):

“A study led by campus researchers found that higher levels of education are linked to later ages of peak cognitive performance…The team was able to use anonymous data gathered from almost 200,000 subscribers to Lumosity, an online cognitive training program, whose users consented that their results could be used for scientific research. Lumosity became involved in the study through its Human Cognition Project, which aims to provide researchers with cognitive data from Lumosity’s training tools Read the rest of this entry »

Study issues warning: Opioid inhibitor naltrexone (often used to treat addictions) can reduce feelings of social connection

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Science has long known that having positive social connection is important to a happy and healthy life. But less is understood about how our brains support and encourage connecting with others.

While prior research has suggested oxytocin plays a role in nurturing and trusting others, thereby strengthening social bonds, many researchers also suspect that brain opioids are important to social connection. Read the rest of this entry »

E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

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Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions 🙂

New research

New tools

New thinking

Upcoming Events

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Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂

 

Have a great summer!

The SharpBrains Team

Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

A Single Brain Scan Has Been Used to Accurately Predict Autism at Just 6 Months Old (Science alert)

“Researchers have used brain scans and artificial intelligence to spot differences in how key areas of infant brains synchronise, allowing them to accurately predict which babies would develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a toddler…The research, led by scientists from the University of North Carolina at  Chapel Hill and Washington University, comes hot on the heels of an earlier study that used two scans taken at 6 and 12 months to make a similar prediction.

Not only has this new method reduced the number of scans required to make the Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Increasing neuroplasticity via neuroimaging-enhanced brain stimulation

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584

Today we highlight a very thought-provoking (pun intended) patent by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584: Methods and apparatus for effectuating a lasting change in a neural-function of a patient

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): W. Douglas Sheffield, Andrew D. Firlik, Katrina S. Firlik
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: July 13, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘584 patent discloses techniques for identifying stimulation sites of the brain to facilitate plasticity that can aid in rehabilitation of dysfunction resulting from a stroke, traumatic injury, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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