Please help us spread the word about neuroplasticity & brain health innovation
— Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed? To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help Fact 2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves Fact 3. Mobile, sensing, wearable te...
Source: SharpBrains - April 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology AI brain-enhancement Brain-health Facebook human brains innovation mobile Neuralink neuroplasticity sensing wearable Source Type: blogs

5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution
— Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook,  are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed? To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit, where 200+ participants in 16 countries shared and discussed the latest about neurotech­nolo­gy, brain health and digital health.   Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, a...
Source: SharpBrains - April 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Baycrest Brain-health BrainHQ Claritas Mindsciences Click Therapeutics cogmed Cogniciti cognifit digital health Educational Testing Service Elon Musk Facebook Headsp Source Type: blogs

The state of intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods: Key neurotechnology patent #40
— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058 Today we highlight a 2011 patent by Dartmouth College, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, aimed at fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058: Intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods Assignee(s): The Trustrees of Dartmouth College; The NIH, U.S. Dept. Of Health And Human Service...
Source: SharpBrains - April 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data neuro-monitoring neuro-technology neuromotor Parkinsons-disease patent stroke wearable monitor systems wearable systems Source Type: blogs

Cognitive enhancement at the edge: The US Navy tests neuro-priming and other non-pharmacological aids to boost cognition and performance
— Super SEALs: Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies (Military.com): “At a conference near Washington, D.C., in February, the commander of all Navy special operations units made an unusual request to industry: Develop and demonstrate technologies that offer “cognitive enhancement” capabilities to boost his elite forces’ mental and physical performance…he has his eye on a number of technologies, including pharmaceutical aids. But the results of one breakthrough involving the direct application of electrical stimulation to the brain have particularly caught his eye. “Ear...
Source: SharpBrains - April 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Technology biometric boost cognition boost performance brain-stimulation caffeine cognitive-enhancement electrical stimulation Halo Neuroscience meditation mental-performance Navy neuro-p Source Type: blogs

Minimizing negative side-effects from electromagnetic neural stimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #39
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305 Today we highlight a 2010 patent by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems addressing a serious concern during the use of electromagnetic brain stimulation methods–where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause seizures or migraine headaches. U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305: Neural stimulation system and method responsive to collateral neural activity Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: November 9, 2010 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘305 patent add...
Source: SharpBrains - April 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Advanced Neuromodulation Systems brain-stimulation migraine headaches neural stimulation Neural stimulation system neural-activity neuro-technology neurodegenerative disorders Neuro Source Type: blogs

Perspectiva: Transformando la educacion para fortalecer de las funciones ejecutivas y mejorar el rendimiento escolar y laboral
¿Puede usted aumentar su inteligencia? (El Confidencial): “Ha aparecido una floreciente industria del entrenamiento mental (Brain Training Industry) que mueve más de 1.000 millones de dólares en EEUU (Sharpbrains.com). Mediante programas informáticos, promete mejorar la inteligencia, aumentar la memoria, resolver problemas de déficit de atención e hiperactividad, prevenir el alzhéimer, mantener la eficiencia cognitiva en la vejez, etc. Ante la espectacularidad de sus promesas, nos conviene saber si son verdaderas o fraudulentas. Y, en caso de que esos programas sean ef...
Source: SharpBrains - April 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alzheimer atención Brain-Training Cerebro eficiencia cognitiva entrenamiento mental funciones ejecutivas inteligencia memoria memoria de trabajo rendimiento Source Type: blogs

Special Offer: Learn from 100+ Brain Experts, Watch 40+ Hours at the Leading Edge
Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up”? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? Is implanting electrodes in one’s brain–as Elon Musk’s new venture just announced–the most promising way to create a brain-computer interface? How can we harness neuroplasticity to reinvent education and mental health? Thousands of professionals know that SharpBrains’ annual virtual summit is a valuable resource to understand, navigate and apply the latest in brain health and brain enhancement. All sessions are recorded, so we have over 40 hours of recordi...
Source: SharpBrains - April 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology annual brain check-up brain talks brain-computer interface brain-enhancement Brain-Training Elon Musk neuro Source Type: blogs

Next: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) meet brain scanning and human enhancement
— Facebook, Apple and the Coming Augmented Reality Land Grab (Variety): “Two new reports suggest that two of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are secretly working on augmented reality (AR) technology. It may take some time before Apple is going to reveal its efforts in the space, but Facebook may give us a glance at its AR research as early as next month…The group is headed by DARPA and Google veteran Regina Dugan, and has been working on four separate projects, including brain scanning, cameras, drones and augmented reality, according to a Business Insider report. Building 8 is expected to play ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 5, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Technology -google Apple augmented reality brain enhance­ment brain scanning Brain-health Building 8 DARPA Facebook headset HoloLens Human Enhancement Microsoft neurotechnologies v Source Type: blogs

Enhancing cognition via brain training with a visual emphasis: Key neurotechnology patent #38
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097 Today we highlight a 2010 patent assigned to Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ brain training system. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date, to get a better glimpse into emerging trends) U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097: Visual emphasis for cognitive training exercises Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Henry W. Mahncke, Donald Richard Technology Category: Neurocognitive training Issue Date: August 10,...
Source: SharpBrains - April 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain training system Brain-Training BrainHQ Cognitive-Training enhance cognition neuro-technology neurocognitive neurocognitive training patent Posit-Science Posit Source Type: blogs

Neuroplasticity: Past, Present and Future
— One of Ramón y Cajal’s iconic images, showing a Purkinje neuron with its treelike structure The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis hosts a wonderful temporary exhibit highlighting the medical illustrations of neuroplasticity pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Titled The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, it will remain open until May 21st, 2017. Who was Ramón y Cajal? Why does his research matter? Keep reading article over at The Creativity Post. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - April 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning neuroplasticity Santiago-Ramon-y-Cajal Source Type: blogs

Dance training: The ultimate way to delay brain decline by combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement
This study emphasizes the importance of a physically active and socially engaging lifestyle among aging adults. To learn more: What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance Dr. Art Kramer on Why We Need Walking Book Clubs to Enhance Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - April 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Aga Burzynska aging adults brain brain decline Brain-health cognitive-fitness cognitive-functioning Cognitive-functions dance dancing delay brain decline exercise healthy h Source Type: blogs

5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory
Looking for some fun–and free–cognitive stimulation over the weekend? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to challenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capacity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on processing and integrating it) Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may seem 1. Say the days of the week back­wards, then in alpha­bet­i­cal order. (Speak other languages? Try doing the same in Spanish, French, Mandarin…) 2. Say the months of the year in alpha­bet­i&sh...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers adults attention brain games for adults brain teasers for adults brain-teaser cognitive cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability cognitive-skills cognitive-stimulation free-brain-teasers mind-teasers Working-memory Source Type: blogs

Next: Increasing neuroplasticity via neuroimaging-enhanced brain stimulation
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584 Today we highlight a very thought-provoking (pun intended) patent by 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. 7,756,584: Methods and apparatus for effectuating a lasting change in a neural-function of a patient Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. Inventor(s): W. Douglas Sheffield, Andrew D. Firlik, Katrina S. Firlik Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: July 13, 2010 SharpBrains’ Take:...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Advanced Neuromodulation Systems brain data brain-stimulation fMRI neural-function neuro-technology neuroimaging neuroplasticity patent transcranial stimulation Source Type: blogs

Study: Parents ’ educational and income levels (not breastfeeding per se) account for the brain development gains in breastfed children
CONCLUSIONS: Although 1 positive benefit of breastfeeding was found by using propensity score matching, the effect size was modest in practical terms. No support was found for statistically significant gains at age 5 years, suggesting that the earlier observed benefit from breastfeeding may not be maintained once children enter school. To learn more about lifelong brain development: What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? How learning changes your brain (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - March 30, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain breastfeeding cognitive-abilities cognitive-development noncognitive noncognitive development Source Type: blogs

The leading-edge in brain stimulation and neuromodulation: Key Neurotech Patent #36
– 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 whi...
Source: SharpBrains - March 29, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain stimulation device brain stimulation devices brain-stimulation Brainlab AG neuro-technology neuromodulation patent transcranial stimulation Source Type: blogs

Elon Musk to pioneer new Inner Space Frontier via Neuralink “neural lace” technology
Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers (The Wall Street Journal): “Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines. The founder and chief executive of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has launched another company called Neuralink Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. Neuralink is pursuing what Mr. Musk calls “neural lace” technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day...
Source: SharpBrains - March 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance brain disorders brain electrodes cognitive-function Elon Musk human brains neural lace Neuralink Source Type: blogs

Flash back: Key patent for the personalized display of health information
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,555,436 Today we highlight a prescient digital health patent by Health Hero Network, now part of the Bosch Group (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,555,436: Personalized display of health information Assignee(s): Health Hero Network, Inc. Inventor(s): Stephen J. Brown Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring Issue Date: June 30, 2009 SharpBrains’ Take: With priority claim dating back to 1997, the ‘436 patent discloses health assessment techniques that...
Source: SharpBrains - March 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Bosch Group digitization health assessment Health Hero Network Mental-Health neuro-monitoring neuro-technology patent remote patient communications remote patient-healthcare provi Source Type: blogs

Helping bridge neuroscience and education: 30+ experts debunk the theory of fixed, rigid “learning styles”
No evidence to back idea of learning styles (OpEd in The Guardian co-authored by 30+ neuroscientists and psychologists): “There is widespread interest among teachers in the use of neuroscientific research findings in educational practice. However, there are also misconceptions and myths that are supposedly based on sound neuroscience that are prevalent in our schools. We wish to draw attention to this problem by focusing on an educational practice supposedly based on neuroscience that lacks sufficient evidence and so we believe should not be promoted or supported. Generally known as “learning styles”, it ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain-myths Brain-Plasticity educational Learning styles neuromyths neuroscientific schools Source Type: blogs

Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848 Today we are sharing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stanford University, that enables the stimulation of deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robotic apparatus for targeting and producing deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation Assignee(s): Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University Inventor(s): M. Bret Schneider...
Source: SharpBrains - March 24, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain-stimulation EEG magnetic stimulation neuro-technology Neurotechnology patent Stanford Stanford-University transcranial stimulation Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimula Source Type: blogs

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let ’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness
— Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age. And here’s the rest of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health and mental performance. New research: Mindfulness training for teachers can result in a better learning environment for students Rates of ADHD diagnosis and med...
Source: SharpBrains - March 23, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Imaging brain-performance brain-stimulation brain-teaser brainwave cognitive-ability cognitiv Source Type: blogs

Study: Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially
— Beginning in about 1990, substantial increases in the rates of ADHD diagnosis and medical treatment were found in several nationally representative samples of US physician office visits. For example, between 1995-96 and 2007-08, the number of office visits at which an ADHD diagnosis was made increased by over 400% in adults – from 3.1 per 1000 visits to 14.5 per 1000 visits. And, the percent of adult office visits including both ADHD diagnosis and medication increased from 1.9 to 11.4 per 1000 visits. Among children aged 5 to 18, between 1991-92 and 2008-09, rates of ADHD diagnosis increased nearly 4-fold amo...
Source: SharpBrains - March 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness ADHD diagnoses ADHD-diagnosis ADHD-Treatment brain-development DSM-V pediatrician pharmaceutical pharmacotherapy Source Type: blogs

Monitoring physiological and health data via non-contact sensors: Key neurotechnology patent #33
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,485,095 Today we discuss a neurotech patent very relevant to non-contact neuromonitoring sensors (as an alternative to skin-contact electrodes), which may play an important role in measuring brain activity in the near future. U.S. Patent No. 7,485,095: Measurement and analysis of trends in physiological and/or health data Inventor(s): Vladimir Shusterman Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: February 3, 2009 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘095 patent describes teachings to address some of the medical treatment problems associated with non-contact sensors, such as el...
Source: SharpBrains - March 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology ECG EEG EGG electrodes health data magnetocardiography sensors MCG neuro-technology neuromonitoring patent signal analysis Source Type: blogs

Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins annual $1M Global Teacher Prize
— Canadian school teacher wins $1M global teacher prize beating out thousands of applicants (CBS News): “A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence. Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize…She has worked for the past six years in a remote Arctic village called Salluit teaching middle and high schoolers…Her perseverance to continue teaching in the remote area, where many teachers leave their post midway through the...
Source: SharpBrains - March 20, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning excellence fitness kindness teacher prize teaching Source Type: blogs

100 newly recognized Young Global Leaders train their brains (and others ’) by tackling complex challenges with innovative approaches
Meet the 2017 Class of Young Global Leaders (World Economic Forum release): “They develop gene-editing technology, rebuild wartorn nations and much more…Each year the World Economic Forum undertakes an ambitious endeavour – to scour the world to select 100 young leaders, under the age of 40, who are tackling the world’s most complex challenges with innovative approaches…Selected into a five-year programme, this year’s class of 100 Young Global Leaders is split evenly between business and not-for-profit sectors – building a global community of peers who can capitalize on diverse t...
Source: SharpBrains - March 15, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance brain leaders World-Economic-Forum Young Global Leaders Source Type: blogs

Monitoring health, wellness and fitness via wearable devices: Key Neurotech Patent #29
— Illustrative image from US Patent No. 7,261,690. Today we are sharing a fascinating 2007 patent assigned to Bodymedia. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,261,690: Apparatus for monitoring health, wellness and fitness. Assignee(s): Bodymedia, Inc. Inventor(s): Eric Teller, John M. Stivoric, Christopher D. Kasabach, Christopher D. Pacione, John L. Moss, Craig B. Liden Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring Issue Date: August 28, 2007 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘690 patent discloses an apparatus for mo...
Source: SharpBrains - March 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology BodyMedia brain data EEG mental-wellness monitoring human health neuro-monitoring neuro-technology patent software wearable device Source Type: blogs

Brain Teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle
Please enjoy this fun brain teaser, provided by puzzle master Wes Carroll. The Empty Triangle: Question: Which number should be placed in the empty triangle?  This puzzle helps you work out your executive functions–activating the prefrontal cortex in your brain–by engaging your pattern recognition and other cognitive abilities such as hypothesis testing, and logic. Let us know how you do! ——– ANSWER: 3 EXPLANATION: The top number minus the bottom left-hand number is multiplied by the bottom right-hand number to give the number inside the triangle. More brain teasers and game...
Source: SharpBrains - March 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning adults brain-teaser cognitive cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability cognitive-skills Executive-Functions prefrontal-cortex puzzle teens Source Type: blogs

Measuring “brain temperature” in the future?: Key Neurotech Patent #27
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,187,960 Today we are sharing a 2007 patent assigned to Geelux Holdings, Ltd. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,187,960: Apparatus and method for measuring biologic parameters Assignee(s): Geelux Holdings, LTD. Inventor(s): Marcio Marc Abreu Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring Issue Date: March 6, 2007 SharpBrains’ Take: As explained in the background of the ‘960 patent, blood temperature is a key indicator of health that is neither varied by emotiona...
Source: SharpBrains - March 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology blood temperature brain data EEG electromagnetic waves Geelux Holdings head mounted gear neuro-monitoring neuro-technology patent radio waves Source Type: blogs

Neuroplasticity as seen by one of its earliest scientist proponents: Neuroscience pioneer Santiago Ram ón y Cajal
— One of Ramón y Cajal’s iconic images, showing a Purkinje neuron with its treelike structure — A fcouple of weeks ago The New York Times published an excellent article about the life and work of neuroscience pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works. Please go and read it–and enjoy those amazing images! I recently read Recollections of My Life, Ramón y Cajal’s fascinating autobiography. The book combines a lively window into his life and thinking, combined with his main contributions to brain r...
Source: SharpBrains - March 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning adult-neuroplasticity autobiography book Books brain Brain-Plasticity Howard-Gartner naturalistic nerve growth Neurons Santiago-Ramon-y-Cajal Source Type: blogs

The future of EEG-based personal devices monitoring brain function: Key neurotechnology patent #26
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,138,902 Today we highlight a very interesting 2006 patent assigned to Phillips and Accenture — who have been collaborating  to develop software for EEG-based operation of home appliances to aid patients suffering from neurogenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). U.S. Patent No. 7,138,902: Personal medical communication device and system Assignee(s): Phillips, Accenture Inventor(s): Raymond J. Menard Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: November 21, 2006 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘902 patent relates to techniques and system...
Source: SharpBrains - March 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Accenture ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis brain data Brain Monitoring brain-function EEG EEG detectors neuro-technology neurogenerative diseases patent Phillips Source Type: blogs

Study: Mindfulness training for teachers can result in a better learning environment for students
In conclusion Jennings’s study is the largest study to date looking at how mindfulness training impacts teacher well-being and the emotional climate of their classrooms. It adds to a growing body of research suggesting that mindfulness affects not only teacher stress, but also interpersonal interactions that can have an important impact on learning. “I had a very strong suspicion that emotional reactivity was interfering with a teacher’s ability to be their best, and that the solution wasn’t just a matter of teaching more skills, it was really a matter of teaching them to self-regulate so they could...
Source: SharpBrains - March 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning care emotion regulation meditation Mindfulness-Training resilience social-emotional-learning Stress stress-reduction teacher stress teaching Source Type: blogs

The state and future of robotics applied to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #25
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,087,008 Today we are sharing a key 2006 patent assigned to The Regents of The University of Texas, the NIH, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,087,008: Apparatus and methods for delivery of transcranial magnetic stimulation. Assignee(s): The Regents of The University of Texas; The NIH, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Government Inventor(s): Peter Fox, Jack Lancaster Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulatio...
Source: SharpBrains - March 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data neuro-technology NIH patent robotics transcranial stimulation Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimulation University of Texas Source Type: blogs

Reducing negative side effects from neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #24
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247 We are featuring today a 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, especially relevant for brain stimulation methods which may carry some negative side effects. U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247: Systems and methods for reducing the likelihood of inducing collateral neural activity during neural stimulation threshold test procedures. Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Kent Leyde Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: April 4, 2006 SharpBrains’ Take: Dealing with the problem ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 2, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Advanced Neuromodulation Systems brain data brain-stimulation Inc neural stimulation neuro-technology patent transcranial stimulation Source Type: blogs

New brain imaging methods help detect giant, superconnected neurons such as this one (in a mouse ’s brain)
A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around the Entire Circumference of the Brain (Science Alert): “For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a mouse’s brain, and it’s so densely connected across both hemispheres, it could finally explain the origins of consciousness. Using a new imaging technique, the team detected the giant neuron emanating from one of the best-connected regions in the brain, and say it could be coordinating signals from different areas to create conscious thought…At a recent meeting of the Brain Research through Advan...
Source: SharpBrains - March 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience brain Brain-Imaging cingulate cognitive-processes Consciousness neuron prefrontal Source Type: blogs

The evolution of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #23
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370 Today we are sharing a 2006 patent assigned to Brainlab. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370: Method and device for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Assignee(s): Brainlab Ag Inventor(s): Phillip Tanner, Andreas Hartlep, Henrik Wist, Kerstin Wendicke, Thomas Weyh Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: March 7, 2006 SharpBrains’ Take: Transcranial stimulation of targeted regions with automated means requires the automated sys...
Source: SharpBrains - March 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain-activity Brainlab AG neuro-technology patent stimulation device transcranial stimulation Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimulation Source Type: blogs

Recovery of visual function through neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #22
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377 Today we are sharing a very interesting 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, spanning both invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies. U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377: Systems and methods for facilitating and/or effectuating development, rehabilitation, restoration, and/or recovery of visual function through neural stimulation. Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner, Warren D. Sheffield Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: January 24, 2006 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘377 patent discloses...
Source: SharpBrains - February 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Advanced Neuromodulation Systems brain data Inc neural stimulation neuro-technology neurostimulation patent stimulation device visual training system Source Type: blogs

Facilitating clinical treatments via Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotechnology Patent #21
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,926,660 Today we are sharing a key 2005 patent assigned to Neuronetics, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 6,926,660: Facilitating treatment via magnetic stimulation. Assignee(s): Neuronetics, Inc. Inventor(s): Stanford W. Miller Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: August 9, 2005 SharpBrains’ Take: TMS treatments procedures are more effective and efficient if targeted stimulation to the patient can be quickly and easily repeated, rath...
Source: SharpBrains - February 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data EEG Inc neuro-technology Neuronetics Neurotechnology patent TMS transcranial stimulation Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimulation Source Type: blogs

Recognizing unique EEG brainwaves to enhance biometric authentication: Key Neurotech Patent #20
— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,898,299 Today we are sharing a robust 2005 patent harnessing EEG brainwaves in the (now) hot space of biometric authentication and security. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 6,898,299: Method and system for biometric recognition based on electric and/or magnetic characteristics. Assignee(s): GR Intellectual Reserve, LLC Inventor(s): Juliana H. Brooks Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: May 24, 2005 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘299 patent applies EEG signals...
Source: SharpBrains - February 24, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology biometric brain data brainwaves EEG EEG signals GR Intellectual Reserve LLC neuro-technology patent Source Type: blogs

10 Finalists announced for the $1M Global Teacher Prize
These are the 10 best teachers in the world (Global Teacher Prize announcement): “We’ve all had teachers who have inspired us, who have made a difference to our lives. Teachers have the power to make or break lives. A great lesson can inspire a passion for a subject that lasts a lifetime, while lacklustre teaching can kill any desire for learning. Teachers who make a significant difference in their students’ lives – sometimes against all odds – deserve to be celebrated. The Global Teacher Prize does just that, awarding $1 million to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contributi...
Source: SharpBrains - February 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning brain brains educators Global Teacher Prize neuroplasticity teachers teaching Source Type: blogs

Computer modeling meets Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #17
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,827,681 This is a very interesting 2004 patent, assigned to Brainlab AG,  outlining a way to use computer modeling to target brain stimulation. U.S. Patent No. 6,827,681: Method and device for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Assignee(s): Brainlab AG Inventor(s): Phillipp Tanner, Andreas Hartlep, Henrik Wist, Kerstin Wendicke, Thomas Weyh Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: December 7, 2004 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘681 patent claims broad coverage over the use of computer modeling in targeted brain stimulation techniques. Two b...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain stimulation techniques Brainlab AG computer modeling neuro-technology patent TMS transcranial stimulation Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimulation Source Type: blogs

Testing and training cognitive ability: Key Neurotech Patent #16
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174 Today we are featuring a key 2003 patent assigned to Cognifit ltd — fascinating to reflect how the brain training field has evolved in 14 years! (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174: Method and Apparatus for testing and training cognitive ability Assignee(s): Cognifit ltd Inventor(s): Shlomo Breznitz Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training Issue Date: October 14, 2003 SharpBrains’ Take: The Detailed Description of the ‘174 paten...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data cognifit cognitive ability testing cognitive-ability cognitive-assessments cognitive-skill neuro cognitive training neuro-technology patent training cognitive ability Source Type: blogs

Classifying and treating physiologic brain imbalances using quantitative EEG: Key Neurotech Patent #15
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,622,036 Today we are sharing a 2003 patent assigned to CNS Response, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 6,622,036: Method for classifying and treating physiologic brain imbalances using quantitative EEG. Assignee(s): CNS Response, Inc Inventor(s): Stephen Suffin Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: September 16, 2003 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘036 patent discloses the application of quantified EEG to brain imbalances (e.g., physiological imbalances). Th...
Source: SharpBrains - February 17, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain imbalance CNS Response EEG EEG device Inc medication medication treatments neuro-technology patent quantative EEG Source Type: blogs

Study: SOME brain training may work to promote healthy brain aging
— Keep reading article Study Debunks 4 Common Myths about Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement, over at The Creativity Post. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - February 16, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology aging brain brain-aging Brain-Training myths Source Type: blogs

Method for adaptive training of short term memory and auditory/visual discrimination within a computer game: Key Neurotech Patent #13
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,599,129 Today we are sharing a 2003 cognitive training patent assigned to Scientific Learning Corp. U.S. Patent No. 6,599,129: Method for adaptive training of short term memory and auditory/visual discrimination within a computer game Assignee(s): Scientific Learning Corp. Inventor(s): William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Steven L. Miller, Bret E. Peterson, Paula Tallal Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training Issue Date: July 29, 2003 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘129 patent builds on Scientific Learning’s portfolio relating to language training and ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 15, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Adaptive-training brain data computer-game EEG language training neuro-technology neurocognitive training patent Scientific Learning Corporation short-term-memory Source Type: blogs

Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528 Today we are discussing a 2003 patent, assigned to McLean Hospital, pioneering brain stimulation techniques. U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528: Magnetic field stimulation techniques Assignee(s): McLean Hospital Inventor(s): Michael L. Rohan, Aimee Parrow, Perry F. Renshaw Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: June 3, 2003 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘528 patent discloses magnetic stimulation techniques for enhancing brain function with a variety of stimulation techniques. The specification, having just four illustration sheets and four pages of written material, ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 14, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-function brain-stimulation cognitive--disorders enhance brain function magnetic Magnetic field stimulation McLean Hospital neural stimulation neuro-technology patent Source Type: blogs

Improving driving safety with alarms triggered by impending sleep state, detected via brain signals: Key Neurotech Patent #11
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658 As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date. Today we are sharing a 2002 patent core to the field of driving safety. U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658: Alarm upon detection of impending sleep state Inventor(s): Michael F. Roizen, Lawrence J. Gottlieb, Avery Tung Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: December 24, 2002 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘658 patent presents EEG technology applied to the field of sleep, with an application geared less towards improved sleep states and more towards...
Source: SharpBrains - February 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology alarm detection brain data driving safety EEG EEG technology inventor inventors neuro-technology patent physiological sleep sleep alarm Source Type: blogs

Study: Don ’t overlook sleep difficulties in children with ADHD; they may impair functioning as much as ADHD itself
—– Problems with sleep are common in children with ADHD; in fact, past studies indicate that sleep problems occur in between 70 and 85%. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that sleep difficulties should be assessed as part of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation. In some children, significant sleep difficulties may be an important contributor to apparent ADHD symptoms, and could contribute to a child being incorrectly diagnosed. For example, consistent insufficient sleep would certainly contribute to trouble with attention and focus. For other children, sleep problems may co-exist with AD...
Source: SharpBrains - February 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Health & Wellness ADHD-symptoms daytime sleepiness insomnia pediatrics sleep problems Source Type: blogs

Monitoring and stimulating brain activity to achieve desired brain state: Key Neurotech Patent #10
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,488,617 Today we are sharing a 2002 patent describing a system linking brain signal detection to brain stimulation techniques. U.S. Patent No. 6,488,617: Method and device for producing a desired brain state Assignee(s): Universal Hedonics Inventor(s): Bruce F. Katz Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: December 3, 2002 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘617 patent describes a system linking brain signal detection to brain stimulation techniques with the purpose of achieving a desired brain state. Cited examples of desired brain states in the background section of the ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain signal brain state brain-stimulation EEG MEG MRI neural-activity neuro-technology patent Universal Hedonics Source Type: blogs

Neurocognitive ability EEG measurement method and system: Key Neurotech Patent #8
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,434,419 Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to Sam Technology, Inc. U.S. Patent No. 6,434,419: Neurocognitive ability EEG measurement method and system Assignee(s): Sam Technology, Inc. Inventor(s): Alan S. Gevins, Michael E. Smith Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: August 13, 2002 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘419 patent describes systems with the objective of measuring cognitive ability through EEG signal detection and analysis, such that capabilities can be objectively measured in a manner that does not suffer from drawbacks associated with other cognit...
Source: SharpBrains - February 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data EEG EEG measurement EEG measurement system neuro-technology neurocognitive neuroelectric activity patent sam technology Source Type: blogs

Method for categorizing, describing and modeling types of system users: Key Neurotech Patent #7
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,405,159 Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to AT&T Labs, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 6,405,159: Method for categorizing, describing and modeling types of system users Assignee(s): AT&T Labs, Inc. Inventor(s): Robert R. Bushey, Jennifer M. Mauney Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training Issue Date: June 11, 2002 SharpBrains’ Take: While user interfaces (UIs) are often generically built for large groups, organizations or even the gener...
Source: SharpBrains - February 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology at&t labs brain data brain modeling cognitive workload Cognitive-Training EEG neurocognitive Neurotechnology patent system users Source Type: blogs

System for the creation of patient specific templates for epileptiform activity detection: Key Neurotech Patent #6
— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,353,754 Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to Neuropace, Inc. U.S. Patent No. 6,353,754: System for the creation of patient specific templates for epileptiform activity detection. Assignee(s): Neuropace, Inc. Inventor(s): David R. Fischell, Jonathan P. Harwood Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: March 5, 2002 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘754 patent addresses challenges associated with detecting an imminent seizure, which often requires steps unique and specific to the each individual patient. Waveform analysis tools may be used to process EEG signal ch...
Source: SharpBrains - February 5, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data EEG epileptiform neurospace Neurotechnology patent seizure Source Type: blogs