Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Icon

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 »

Study debunks the “earlier is always better” myth about brain development and cognitive training

teenagers_collegeGood News: You’ve Got a Better Brain Than You Think (Time):

“Getting older? No worries…When does our learning potential start to go soft? A new paper published in Psychological Science suggests that it might be later than we thought. Read the rest of this entry »

Adding mindfulness to the PTSD therapist’s toolkit

mindfulness_ptsd—–

Soldiers who return home in casts and caskets are not the only ones struck down by the trauma of war. Many young military men and women carry emotional wounds far beyond the battlefield in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Training law-enforcement “itchy brains” can reduce shooting-related civilian casualties

cognitivetraining_reduceshootingcasualties

.

Brain Training May Help Avoid Civilian Casualties (Duke Today):

“Although firing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller decisions and movements that require coordination between multiple brain areas.

The sudden decision to not shoot, called ‘response inhibition,’ is critical when someone innocent comes into the line of fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Mixed reaction to new BRAIN initiative

BRAINinitiativeMapping the mind—smart thinking for brain health? (The Lancet):  “…Will the reality match the ambition? Reaction has been mixed…Given that our brains change, learn, think, remember, and are shaped by our experiences, interactions with other people, and society, mapping the electrical spikes in the brain seems an overly restrictive biomedical approach to understanding the most complex organ in the human body. It is also doubtful that this approach will yield cures for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease as purported…There are also non-biomedical aspects of brain disorders that require urgent attention. For example, access to psychological treatments for depression worldwide is woefully inadequate…”

Related articles:

Check out the Summit Agenda and Reserve Your Spot

Learn all about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit in less than 2 minutes

Search for anything brain-related in our article archives

About SharpBrains

As seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Reuters, and more, SharpBrains is an independent market research firm and think tank tracking health and performance applications of brain science.

Enter Your Email to receive Sharp­Brains free, monthly eNewslet­ter:

Join more than 50,000 Sub­scribers and stay informed and engaged.