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Important insights on the growing home use of tDCS brain stimulation: older-than-expected users, positive self-reported results for treatment of depression but negative for self-enhancement, and a couple areas of concern (severe burns, frequency)

Dr. Brent Williams is wear­ing a home­made tDCS device while his wife Madge is sport­ing a com­mer­cial mod­el. Pho­to by Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

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At the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit last month, researcher and sci­ence writer Dr. Anna Wexler dis­cussed some fas­ci­nat­ing insights from her sur­vey of 339 home (or “do-it-your­self”) users of tDCS (tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion) devices.

The sur­vey results have just been pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment (details below), and pro­vide a use­ful win­dow into who pur­chas­es tDCS devices and why, how they use them and what results they see. Read the rest of this entry »

Neural Analytics raises $15M to commercialize non-invasive, ultrasound-based, brain health monitoring device

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Neur­al Ana­lyt­ics, Inc. Rais­es $15 Mil­lion in Series B Financ­ing (press release):

Neur­al Ana­lyt­ics, Inc., a med­ical device com­pa­ny devel­op­ing and com­mer­cial­iz­ing tech­nol­o­gy to mea­sure, diag­nose, and track brain health, today announced that it has raised $15 mil­lion in Series B financ­ing led by Alpha Edi­son Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) can reduce fatigue in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

 

Leigh Charvet, PhD and a mem­ber of her research team use the tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS) equip­ment. Cred­it: NYU Lan­gone Health

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Tran­scra­nial Direct Cur­rent Stim­u­la­tion Shown to Reduce Fatigue Asso­ci­at­ed with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (NYU Lagone Health press release):

Peo­ple with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS) who under­went a non-inva­sive form of elec­tri­cal brain stim­u­la­tion expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tions in fatigue, a com­mon and often debil­i­tat­ing symp­tom of the dis­ease Read the rest of this entry »

Master the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity

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We’re look­ing for­ward to many great ses­sions at the vir­tu­al sum­mit next week…this is one of our favorites, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 7thMas­ter the dig­i­tal toolk­it to har­ness life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty. Four lead­ing pio­neers of applied neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty will help us nav­i­gate best prac­tices to har­ness most promis­ing non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, mind­ful­ness apps, EEG and virtual/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty.

  • Chair: Lin­da Raines, CEO of the Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion of Mary­land
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, win­ner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neu­ro­science
  • Dr. Jud­son Brew­er, Founder & Research Lead of Clar­i­tas Mind­sciences
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv
  • Dr. Andrea Seri­no, Head of Neu­ro­science at Mind­Maze

Learn more & Reg­is­ter Here

I know of no bet­ter resource than the annu­al Sharp­Brains Sum­mit to explore the lat­est and what’s next. Excel­lent dis­cus­sions and over­all event.”  - Dr. Michael P. O’Don­nell,  Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion

I was impressed by the for­ward-look­ing yet prac­ti­cal dis­cus­sion about enhanc­ing human per­for­mance.” - Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Con­sor­tium

A great way to gath­er cur­rent infor­ma­tion on brain health from a vari­ety of sources and to make new con­nec­tions” - Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dol­by Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacif­ic Med­ical Cen­ter

September update: Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life

headspaceTime for Sharp­Brains’ Sep­tem­ber e‑newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-relat­ed news.

Our brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. And neurotechnologies–especially those that, being dig­i­tal, are emi­nently scal­able, and that, being non-inva­sive, pose few if any neg­a­tive side-effects–are poised to become ubiq­ui­tous, per­va­sive…Keep read­ing the Pre­lim­i­nary Agen­da of the 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17–19th), which fea­tures 32 con­firmed, stel­lar speak­ers so far!

Innovation news:

Research news:

Food for thought:

 

Final­ly, a reminder to Save Your Spot for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17–19th) —  10% dis­count code: sharp2015

Have a great month of Octo­ber!

The Sharp­Brains Team

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