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Final days to submit scalable & non-pharmacological Brain Health proposals to MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

Applying to MIT Solve? Here are 4 Ways, and 20 Resources, to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age

Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments.

Here’s what the new MIT Solve 2017 Global Challenge says about brain health:

“Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet…shifting the conversation from treating brain diseases to improving well-being may begin to dissolve the cultural stigma that makes it difficult for many to seek help.”

Continue reading the article Four Ways to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age, by SharpBrains’ Alvaro Fernandez, with guidelines and resources to:

  1. Prioritize scalable solutions for all
  2. Harness lifelong neuroplasticity
  3. Harness pervasive technologies and artificial intelligence (AI)
  4. Educate users and encourage human-centered innovation

Neurotech gone pervasive

This Is Your Brain on Business (Fortune):

“…here’s a sign of how quickly things move in neuroscience: Earlier this year, another paraplegic man, Rodrigo Hübner Mendes, became the first person to drive a race car solely with his mind.

Some might even argue that mind controlled driving is not as impressive as making paralyzed people move their limbs—since for neuroscientists, controlling objects thanks to cutting-edge brain-computer interfaces has become quite common. What is noteworthy in Hübner Mendes’ driving performance is that Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Finally, if you’re looking for some extra mental stimulation, don’t forget to check out our Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions.

Have a great month of March!

The SharpBrains Team

Starting today: Past and Future Pervasive Neurotechnologies, as seen through 50 Key Patents

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In order to provide a better perspective into the evolution of the digital brain health industry, we are sharing some of our analysis of 50 foundational patents, as identified and discussed in the 2015 market report Pervasive Neurotechnology: A Groundbreaking Analysis of 10,000+ Patent Filings Transforming Medicine, Health, Entertainment and Business.

We will discuss one patent a day, from older to newer by issue date. Today we are sharing a 1999 patent assigned to Scientific Learning Corporation. We hope you enjoy the peek into the future 🙂

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 5,927,988

U.S. Patent No. 5,927,988: Method and apparatus for training of sensory and perceptual systems in LLI subjects

  • Assignee(s): Scientific Learning Corp.
  • Inventor(s): William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Steven Lamont Miller, Bret E. Peterson, Paula Tallal
  • Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training
  • Issue Date: July 27, 1999

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘988 patent is one of Scientific Learning’s patents directed to cognitive training in the area of language improvement and speech training — an area that affects a wide number of individuals ranging from children with language disabilities to stroke victims suffering from lost neurological connections necessary for auditory communication. Employing adaptive learning techniques, the ‘988 patent provides methods that test a user’s ability to decipher words emitted via a computer speech synthesizer Read the rest of this entry »

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