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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 »

Update: Why Untrained Brains Are A Bit Like Puppies (And How Dance Offers Great Brain Training)

Time for SharpBrains’ April e-newsletter, featuring what’s new in brain health and cognitive performance. Quite stimulating reading 🙂

New thinking

New research

therapy controlNew tools

Upcoming event

 

Finally, here you have 5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory.

 

Have a great month of May,

 

The SharpBrains Team

Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43

therapy control

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694

Today we are sharing a fascinating patent from Medtronic.  (As mentioned, we are featuring 50 foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694: Therapy control based on a patient movement state

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Gregory F. Molnar, Steven S. Gill, Keith A, Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Timothy J. Denison, Eric J. Panken, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Jonathan C. Werder
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: February 21, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘694 patent discloses methods to treat patients afflicted with movement or other neurodegenerative disorders through brain-signal feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Lifelong neuroplasticity means our 7.5 billion brains can “sculpt” themselves

Much ongoing brain health and brain enhancement innovation is enabled by the core fact—called neuroplasticity–that the human brain continually changes itself through experience. Neuroplasticity–or brain plasticity– refers to the brain’s ability to rewire itself based on experience by generating new neurons and by forming new connections between neurons, among other factors. It was believed for a long time that, after a certain age, the brain became “fixed.” Now we know that the brain never stops changing, and that’s why there’s so much interest and hope around ways to harness that neuroplasticity to lead better lives, to enhance our brains, to delay brain health decline.

What follows from this fact is that we can strengthen specific circuits of the brain (through education, our jobs and lifestyles, and also through mental exercisesmeditation and neurostimulation), in order to learn faster, better and become more resilient.

–> Keep reading the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution over at The Huffington Post.

Debate: In the field of neurostimulation, what comes first, Published Research or Patents?

The Brain-Zapping Olympians (The Ringer):

“Gaining jacked-up physical powers from frontal-lobe-electrifying headgear sounds like a half-baked superhero origin story. It’s also a premise that athletes are buying as reality. NBA players and Olympians are wearing a brain-stimulation device called Halo Sport in an attempt to transform into champions. Read the rest of this entry »

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