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Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?

Subject during EEG study. Courtesy of Sapiens Labs

Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR):

“The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains? Read the rest of this entry »

Connecting cardiological and neurological health: Key neurotech patent by Medtronic

cardiac signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009

Today we are sharing a fascinating Medtronic patent combining cardiac monitoring with brain stimulation. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009: System and method for segmenting a cardiac signal based on brain stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Jonathon E. Giftakis, Nina M. Graves, Mark Turner Rise
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: June 26, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

This patent considers the inter-relationship and co-occurrence of activity between brain and heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Physically-active video games (‘exergames’) boost cognition more than physical activity alone

Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study (University of Manchester release):

“Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts.

Study authors Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth say systems that use physical activity for gaming such as Wii, and Xbox Kinect can boost brain functioning in people with Read the rest of this entry »

Improving brain stimulation’s efficacy and efficiency: Key neurotechnology patent #32

neural stimulation efficiency

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747

Today we highlight a key brain stimulation patent assigned to 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. 7,483,747: Systems and methods for enhancing or affecting neural stimulation efficiency and/or efficacy.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler, W. Douglas Sheffield, Richard Kuntz, Kent Leyde, Leif R. Sloan
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: January 27, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘747 patent discloses methods for improving efficacy and efficiency of brain stimulation by providing two distinct phases of electromagnetic stimulation that vary from one another in parameters such as time of stimulation, amplitude of signal, location of treatment, frequency of pulse, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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