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Eight research teams working with DARPA to discover best ways to activate neuroplasticity and accelerate learning

DARPA Funds Brain-Stimulation Research to Speed Learning (DoD news):

“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with seven U.S. universities and elements of the Air Force and Army on research that seeks to stimulate the brain in a non-invasive way to speed up learning.

DARPA announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, or TNT, program Read the rest of this entry »

The leading-edge in brain stimulation and neuromodulation: Key Neurotech Patent #36

brain stimulation device

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431

Today we discuss a key brain stimulation patent by Brainlab AG.

U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431: Method and device for stimulating the brain

  • Assignee(s): Brainlab AG
  • Inventor(s): Philip Tanner, Thomas Bauch
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: May 4, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

One of the fundamental parameters that must be determined during brain stimulation treatment is the quantity or amount of energy to be applied to the patient, and how the magnitude of that energy can vary as a function of spatial orientation to the subject and time over which treatment is applied. 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 »

Too early? Brain stimulation device Thync fails to get traction in the minds of consumers

thync-vibes-wellnessHow Thync, Startup Behind Brain-Zapping Gadget, Almost Died (Bloomberg):

“In 2014, Silicon Valley startup Thync had sold technology enthusiasts and venture capitalists on the idea of strapping a device to your forehead that sends electric shocks to the brain. The wearable gadget garnered attention for its futuristic promises of brain stimulation, Read the rest of this entry »

DARPA launches Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program to accelerate cognitive skills training

--TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

— TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning (DARPA news):

“The body’s branching network of peripheral nerves connects neurons in the brain and spinal cord to organs, skin, and muscles, regulating a host of biological functions from digestion to sensation to locomotion. But the peripheral nervous system can do even more than that…pushing those limits further, DARPA aims to enlist the body’s peripheral nerves to achieve something that has long been considered the brain’s domain alone: facilitating learning. Read the rest of this entry »

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