Trend: With 25% of US physicians aged 65+, hospitals test older doctors on mental and physical acuity
— When Are Doctors Too Old to Practice? (The Wall Street Journal): “In February, Robert Brown received an email that left him troubled. The New Jersey hospital where the 71-year-old pediatrician was practicing informed him that doctors age 72 and older would have to take a test to assess their physical and mental health—or risk losing their privileges…Concern over older physicians’ mental states—and whether it is safe for them to care for patients—has prompted a number of institutions, from Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, Calif., to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development ageism cognitive-decline cost of care dementia doctors fairness hospitals medical medical workforce mental acuity mortality older physical acuity physician a Source Type: blogs

E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2
Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. _____ Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions New research Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2 Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline an...
Source: SharpBrains - June 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology adhd artificial intelligence autism autism spectrum disorder brain-enhancement Brain-health Brain-Plasticity BrainFutures cognitive-decline Cognitive-Tr Source Type: blogs

E-Newsletter: Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2
Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. _____ Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions New research Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2 Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline an...
Source: SharpBrains - June 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology adhd artificial intelligence autism autism spectrum disorder brain-enhancement Brain-health Brain-Plasticity BrainFutures cognitive-decline Cognitive-Tr Source Type: blogs

BrainFutures 2017: September 6-7th in Washington, DC
— What: BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Keynote speakers include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Alvaro Fernandez, and more. CE credits are available. Where: Gaylord National Resort (Washington, D.C.) When: September 6-7, 2017  Why: Until recently, scientists believed that brain development came to a halt during adulthood. Today we know that our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives and forming new pat...
Source: SharpBrains - June 26, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Professional Development alvaro-fernandez brain brain-development Brain-health BrainFutures Dr. Adam Gazzaley Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone Dr. John Ratey Dr. Norman Source Type: blogs

Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline and dementia? New comprehensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine clarifies priorities for public health and for future research
Evidence Supporting Three Interventions That Might Slow Cognitive Decline and the Onset of Dementia Is Encouraging but Insufficient to Justify a Public Health Campaign Focused on Their Adoption (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine): “Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but there is insufficient evidence to support a public health campaign encouraging their adoption, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, E...
Source: SharpBrains - June 23, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Professional Development Acetylcholinesterase antidementia treatments biomarkers blood pressure management cognitive-decline Cognitive-impairment Cognitive-Training Source Type: blogs

Smart brains up in Canada: 11 early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs receive award by The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)
— A record 11 Ontario innovators awarded $50,000 to become Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs (press release): “The Ontario Brain Institute [OBI] today announced the 2017 winners of its pioneering Ontario Neurotech (ONtrepreneurs) program to help early-stage entrepreneurs take their ideas “from the lab to the marketplace.” Since 2012, the ONtrepreneurs program has awarded $50,000 to each winner and has supported 34 entrepreneurs to-date. The program flows directly from OBI’s mandate to unlock the huge commercial and medical potential from what is already one of the largest communities of brain sc...
Source: SharpBrains - June 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Awake Labs Brain-health digital health Epineuron Technologies HiNT IBM IBM Canada IBM Global Entrepreneur Program marketplace Mobio Interactive NetraMark neurological neurotech Ontario Onta Source Type: blogs

5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD
—– — Dr. David Rabiner, Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke Uni­ver­sity and founder of the Atten­tion Research Update. Given the ongoing changes and controversies surrounding ADHD diagnosis and treatment, let us highlight 5 key articles written by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner to summarize recent scientific findings and their implications, plus a very relevant online course to help parents and professionals help children with ADHD. 1. Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment Key insight: Evid...
Source: SharpBrains - June 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness ADHD-diagnosis ADHD-Treatment behavior management behavioral-therapy behavioral-treatment brain-development diet DSM DSM diagnostic crite Source Type: blogs

Neurotech start-up Rythm raises $11 million more to develop and commercialize sleep-monitoring headband Dreem
— Dreem machine: Rythm raises $11 million and launches $500 sleep-monitoring headband (VentureBeat) “Founded out of France in 2014, Rythm is now based in San Francisco, where it has been working toward bringing its Dreem machine headband to market…In a nutshell, Rythm touts itself as a neurotechnology company that’s setting out to “enhance” your sleep, helping you “fall asleep faster, get deeper sleep, and wake up refreshed,” according to a company statement. The magical headband monitors and analyzes your brain activity and “acts” on your brain by emitting sound...
Source: SharpBrains - June 20, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain-activity Dreem headband monitoring Neurotechnology Rythm sleep Source Type: blogs

Mental health meets the digital revolution: Mindstrong Health raises $14 million to modernize the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders via artificial intelligence (AI) and smartphones
— Mindstrong Health Raises $14 Million in Series-A Funding (press release): “Mindstrong Health, a startup transforming the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders through the power of AI and ubiquitous mobile technology, today announced that it has secured a $14 million round of Series-A funding. Led by Foresite Capital and ARCH Venture Partners, the round included participation from Optum Ventures, Berggruen Holdings and the One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund. The investment will be used to build Mindstrong’s elite technology and clinical operations team to support large-scale research and d...
Source: SharpBrains - June 19, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology ARCH Venture Partners Berggruen Holdings cognitive-function disorders Foresite Capital Mental-Health Mindstrong Mindstrong Health neuropsychiatric neuropsychiatric disorders One Source Type: blogs

Trend: Measuring physiological responses –including brain activity–to design stimulating, “conscious” cities
Stanley Park, Vancouver. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo.   — The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel: An era of “neuro-architecture” (BBC Future) “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists and psychologists have found plenty of evidence to back him up… Last month, the Conscious Cities Conference in London considered how cognitive scientists might make their discoverie...
Source: SharpBrains - June 16, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience brain-activity city living cognitive-scientists EEG electroencephalogram emotional state green space neuro-architecture physiological physiological arousal physiological responses Stress wearable devices Source Type: blogs

Coming soon near you: Smartphones, fridges and cars with emotional intelligence
Illustration: Affectiva ————— Wouldn’t You Like Alexa Better if It Knew When It Was Annoying You? (IEEE Spectrum): “What could your computer, phone, or other gadget do differently if it knew how you were feeling? Rana el Kaliouby, founder and CEO of Affectiva, is considering the possibilities of such a world…Soon, she says, “all of our devices will have emotional intelligence”—not just our phones, but “our refrigerators, our cars.” Early on, el Kaliouby focused on building smart tools for individuals with autism. She still thinks emotional intel...
Source: SharpBrains - June 15, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Affectiva anxiety autism baseline depression emotional intelligence technology emotional-intelligence mental healthcare mental state smart phones smartphones Source Type: blogs

Digital brain health goes global: Savonix raises $5.1 million to commercialize mobile neurocognitive assessment in the US, China and Japan
— Savonix gets $5.1M to advance digital neurocognitive assessment (MobiHealth News): “San Francisco-based Savonix, maker of an app for neurocognitive assessment, has raised $5.1 million in a new round of funding. DigiTx Partners led the round with additional contribution from ReThink Impact. The company, which was founded in 2015, is made up of neuroscientists and gaming experts. Its product, Savonix Mobile, is a 30-minute brain training and testing app based on existing clinical guidelines and procedures. It’s designed to replace a costly, often time-consuming process that involves a clinician working wi...
Source: SharpBrains - June 14, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alkahest brain testing app Brain-health brain-training-app CereScan cognitive-assessment digital health DigiTx Partners neurocognitive neurocognitive assessment Proove Bioscienc Source Type: blogs

10 Key Facts To Harness Brain Plasticity And Prolong Brain Health
— In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, let’s discuss 10 Key Facts To Harness Brain Plasticity And Prolong Brain Health (HuffPost): June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let me share 10 Key Facts to harness brain plasticity & prolong brain health that come 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: 1. Genes do not determine the fate of our brains (not even the infamous APOE4). Thanks to lifelong neuroplasticity, our l...
Source: SharpBrains - June 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Plasticity Source Type: blogs

Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2
Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. — A Single Brain Scan Has Been Used to Accurately Predict Autism at Just 6 Months Old (Science alert) “Researchers have used brain scans and artificial intelligence to spot differences in how key areas of infant brains synchronise, allowing them to accurately predict which babies would develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a toddler…The research, led by scientists from the University of Carolina and Washington University, comes hot on th...
Source: SharpBrains - June 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology artificial intelligence ASD autism autism diagnosis autism spectrum disorder brain-function brain-scans high-risk machine-learning magnetic resonan Source Type: blogs

For invasive cognitive enhancement to work, firms will need to validate both the “neuro” and the “tech”
— A Hardware Update for the Human Brain (The Wall Street Journal): “The field that gave Emily her life back is known as neurotechnology, or simply neurotech—a marriage of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and the kind of hardware that goes into smartphones. Today, most neurotech companies are focused on medical applications, which they think could be a multibillion-dollar market. Deep-brain stimulators, which use electric pulses to reduce the tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease, have been implanted in more than 100,000 people. Preliminary research suggests that targeted brain stimulation...
Source: SharpBrains - June 9, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance Technology Boston Scientific brain cognitive-enhancement DARPA hardware human-brain medical Medtronic neurology NeuroPace neurosurgery neurotech Neurotec Source Type: blogs

Neuroimaging study finds extensive brain rewiring –in just six months–among illiterate adults learning to read and write
— Learning to read and write rewires adult brain in six months (New Scientist): “Learning to read can have profound effects on the wiring of the adult brain – even in regions that aren’t usually associated with reading and writing. That’s what Michael Skeide of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and his colleagues found when they taught a group of illiterate adults in rural India to read and write…By the end of the study, the team saw significant changes in the brains of the people who had learned to read and write. These individuals sho...
Source: SharpBrains - June 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning adult-brain brain regions Brain-Plasticity fMRI functional magnetic resonance imaging illiterate India literacy neurobiological neuroplastic changes neuroplasticity reading r Source Type: blogs

Save the Date for 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017)
The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to reinvent Brain Enhancement in light of emerging Neuroscience and Digital Technologies. Click HERE to learn more and reserve your spot. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health digital age digital health Source Type: blogs

The dual challenge ahead of Facebook ’s Typing-by-Brain project: 1) develop the neurotechnology, 2) develop the science
Director of Typing-by-Brain Project Discusses How Facebook Will Get Inside Your Head (IEEE Spectrum): “When Facebook’s Mark Chevillet describes the company’s new “typing by brain” initiative, he has a way of keeping it from sounding totally crazy…In the six weeks since Facebook executive Regina Dugan announced the project at the company’s annual developer’s conference, many neuroscientists have expressed skepticism about the project’s timeline: Dugan said the team will be working on this technology over the next two years. Chevillet clarified that Facebook doesn’...
Source: SharpBrains - June 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain Facebook neural neural data neuroscientists Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

In honor of Alzheimer ’s & Brain Awareness Month, let ’s discuss 10 Key Facts To Harness Brain Plasticity And Prolong Brain Health
— June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let me share 10 Key Facts to harness brain plasticity & prolong brain health that come 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: 1. Genes do not determine the fate of our brains (not even the infamous APOE4). Thanks to lifelong neuroplasticity, our lifestyles are as important as our genes-if not even more important- in determining how our brains grow and our minds evolve. 2. There is more than one &ldqu...
Source: SharpBrains - June 5, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention APOE4 brain Brain Teasers brain-awareness Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Plasticity brain-supplements Source Type: blogs

Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions
— Are the two orange circles of the same size?  One way to learn more about our brains and minds is to look at how we can trick them–that is, to see how we react to brain teasers and visual illusions. Quick facts: The brain has two hemispheres, each divided into four lobes. Each lobe is (largely) responsible for different functions. For instance the frontal cortex (in yellow) is responsible for decision making and planning; the temporal lobe (in purple) for language and memory; the parietal lobe (in green) for spatial skills, and the occipital lobe (in red) is entirely devoted to vision: It is th...
Source: SharpBrains - June 2, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience frontal cortex mind-teasers occipital lobe optical-illusions parietal--lobe temporal lobe visual-illusions Source Type: blogs

Study shows why children with ADHD should be reevaluated each year: Attention problems perceived by teachers are far less stable than we imagine
We examined this question in 3 samples of elementary school children with clinically elevated teacher ratings of attention difficulties, i.e., ratings that fell in the top 10% of the population for children their age. Participants in Sample 1 were 27 first graders, those in Sample 2 were 24 4th graders, and those in Sample 3 were 28 7- to 9-year-old children from the Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD (MTA Study). Children in samples 1 and 2 did not have a formal ADHD diagnosis but were identified simply by having elevated teacher ratings of inattentive symptoms. Those from the MTA Study had all been carefully diagnosed wi...
Source: SharpBrains - June 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology attention-problems children diagnoses diagnosis elementary school medication teachers Source Type: blogs

Collecting neuro-response data via wearable electroencephalography (EEG) headsets to personalize the presentation of stimuli: Key neurotech patent by Nielsen
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,392,251 Today we are sharing a 2013 patent by The Nielsen Company. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date, to help preview emerging neurotechnologies and brain health solutions) U.S. Patent No. 8,392,251: Location aware presentation of stimulus material Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company Inventor(s): Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy, Dev Ratnakar Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: March 5, 2013 SharpBrains’ Take: Issued by the same examiner and concurrently with...
Source: SharpBrains - May 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain brain data brain health solutions Brain-health EEG electroencephalography neuro-response data neuro-technology neurotechnologies patent stimulus material The Nielsen Com Source Type: blogs

The FDA creates new Digital Health unit to reimagine regulatory paths in the age of scalable, AI-enhanced innovation
— Medicine Is Going Digital. The FDA Is Racing to Catch Up (Wired): “WHEN BAKUL PATEL started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint when a product was going to land in front of the reviewers in his division. Back when medical devices were heavy on the hardware—your pacemakers and your IUDs—it would take manufacturers years to get them ready for regulatory approval. FDA reviewers could keep up pretty well…Today, machine learning powers more and more medical device software. And because it is always learning and improving, it is consta...
Source: SharpBrains - May 30, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology algorithm artificial intelligence Bakul Patel Brain-health devices digital health FDA machine-learning mobile health software wearables Source Type: blogs

Understanding the “It” in “Use It or Lose It”
From Macro to Micro: A Visual Guide to the Brain (IEEE Spectrum) In the human brain, higher-level information processing occurs in the neocortex, neural tissue that forms the outer layer of the cerebral cortex. In its intricate folds, brain cells work together to interpret sensory information and to form thoughts and plans. The neocortex is divided into regions that take the lead on different types of processing. However, much of today’s neuroscience research focuses on mapping the connectome: the neural connections between regions…Keep Reading Article. To learn more: Study identifies brain circuits enabling ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 26, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience brain Cerebral Cortex Connectome neocortex Use-It-or-Lose-It visual Source Type: blogs

May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”
—– Time for SharpBrains’ May e-newsletter, highlighting what’s new in brain health and mental performance, and featuring a very relevant MIT initiative and a thought-provoking study on the “Cognitive Divide.” New thinking MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience? Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: from the NIMH to Google/ Verily Life Sciences to Startup Mindstrong Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright (related slides here) Eight research teams wo...
Source: SharpBrains - May 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Monthly eNewsletter Peak Performance Professional Development Technology -google Aira artificial intelligence Brain Health Challenge brain-enhancement Brain-hea Source Type: blogs

Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: from the NIMH to Google/ Verily Life Sciences to Startup Mindstrong
— Former Alphabet exec is working on an idea to detect mental health disorders by how you type on your phone (CNBC): “Can a smartphone detect whether a user is suicidal or depressed? That’s the promise of an exploding number of mental health entrepreneurs, who are exploring opportunities to monitor users’ smartphone behavior to detect a variety of symptoms — all with their consent. Dr. Thomas Insel joined Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences unit, less than two years ago to do just that. Insel, a psychiatrist and the former chief of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, was tasked wi...
Source: SharpBrains - May 24, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology -google behavior depressed entrepreneurs innovation mental health disorder Mental-Health Mindstrong NIMH psychiatrist smartphone startup suicidal symptoms Verily Life Sc Source Type: blogs

Evaluating neural responses via EEG brain data in virtual reality environments: Key neurotechnology patent by The Nielsen Company
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,392,250 Today we are sharing a fascinating patent by The Nielsen Company, relevant both for consumer research and for home health solutions. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 8,392,250: Neuro-response evaluated stimulus in virtual reality environments Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company Inventor(s): Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy, Dev Ratnakar Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: March 5, 2013 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘250 patent is one ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 23, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain data brain feedback EEG Neuro-response neuro-technology patent The Nielsen Company virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Study: Common medication treatments for PTSD can increase the risk of developing dementia
—– Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal): “Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society… As expected, a diagnosis of PTSD was found to significantly increase the risk of a dementia diagnosis…the results show that the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, novel antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics increa...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness antidepressants antipsychotics benzodiazepines dementia dementia risk drugs geriatrics medication-treatment post-traumatic-stress-disorder psychotropic psychotropic medication PTSD selec Source Type: blogs

Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?
Subject during EEG study. Courtesy of Sapiens Labs — Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR): “The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains?… A study out of India, still undergoing peer review, in which scientists look at EEG measures in diverse populations across India may shed some light on the question. It has long been known that awake subjects with eyes closed show a pattern of neural oscillation in the s...
Source: SharpBrains - May 19, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology alpha band brain cognitive-development EEG human-brain India modern neural oscillation neurological neurological development Source Type: blogs

Want a music system that lifts you up when you ’re feeling down? Meet this audio headset with bio-signal sensors (key neurotech patent #48)
— Today we are featuring a fascinating patent by NeuroSky, coupling an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection. U.S. Patent No. 8,271,075: Audio headset with bio-signal sensors Assignee(s): NeuroSky, Inc. Inventor(s): Cheng-I Chuang, KooHyoung Lee Technology Category: EEG Issue Date: September 18, 2012 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘075 patent couples an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection by integrating an EEG sensor (item 15 in the illustrative image) into the audio earpiece to establish a sensing headset that is unlikely to cause discomfort or otherwise detract from the audio h...
Source: SharpBrains - May 18, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology audio headset bio-signal sensors brain data brain signal detection EEG EEG signal detection electroencephalography neuro-technology NeuroSky patent Source Type: blogs

Start-up Aira raises $12M, showing the way for cognitive science and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the lives of blind and low vision individuals
— Aira Raises $12M Series B Financing Led By JAZZ Venture Partners And Arboretum Ventures (press release): “Aira’s service, which recently concluded its beta-testing phase, is now available to new users in the United States. The technology solution combines smart glasses, dedicated bandwidth from Aira partner AT&T, and AI-enabled remote human agents to help blind and low vision individuals immediately access key information that they need about their environment. This technology enables greater independence and autonomy by facilitating everyday tasks such as shopping at local retailers, navigating pub...
Source: SharpBrains - May 17, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AI Aira Arboretum Ventures blind human performance Jazz Venture Partners low vision Source Type: blogs

Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”
This study may shine light on why, at least on a neural level. Indeed, theory of mind underlies some of the best elements of humanity. Our ability to show compassion and forgiveness, to cooperate and work towards common goals, and to undertake moral reasoning about what is right and wrong are all greatly expanded by our capacity to conceptualize how other people think and feel. This study provides new insights into how human brain development sets the stage for these essential social skills and virtues. Summer Allen, Ph.D., is a science writer and frequent contributor to the American Association for the Advancement of...
Source: SharpBrains - May 16, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain changes brain-development brain-scans cognitive-skills diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging frontal-lobe human development MRI theory-of-mind white-matter Source Type: blogs

Addressing aging-related cognitive decline via targeted training using visual sweeps: Key neurotech patent by Posit Science
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961 Today we are featuring a 2012 patent by Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ cognitive training system. U.S. Patent No. 8,215,961: Cognitive training using visual sweeps Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Stephen G. Lisberger, Henry W. Mahncke Technology Category: Neurocognitive training Issue Date: July 10, 2012 SharpBrains’ Take: The background of the ‘961 patent describes the decline in cognitive function associated with aging, such as the reduced ability to co...
Source: SharpBrains - May 15, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology aging BrainHQ cognitive-ability cognitive-tasks Cognitive-Training neuro-technology neurocognitive neurocognitive training patent Posit-Science-Corporation visual presentation Source Type: blogs

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 last March, and work now has begun on the effort to discover the safest and most effective ways to activate a natural process called “synaptic plasticity.” Plasticity is the brain’s ability to strengthen or weaken its neural connections to adapt to c...
Source: SharpBrains - May 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology Brain-Plasticity cognitive skills training cognitive-skills Cognitive-Training DARPA neuromodulation neuroplasticity neurostimulation synaptic-plasticity Targeted Neur Source Type: blogs

Connecting cardiological and neurological health: Key neurotech patent by Medtronic
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009 Today we are sharing a fascinating Medtronic patent combining cardiac monitoring with brain stimulation. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009: System and method for segmenting a cardiac signal based on brain stimulation Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc. Inventor(s): Jonathon E. Giftakis, Nina M. Graves, Mark Turner Rise Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring Issue Date: June 26, 2012 SharpBrains’ Take: This patent considers the inter-relationship a...
Source: SharpBrains - May 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brain Monitoring brain-stimulation cardiac signal Medtronic neuro-monitoring neuro-technology neurological neurological health patent Source Type: blogs

MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?
— As a Judge and member of the Challenge’s Leadership Team, let me share some relevant news for sharp brains worldwide: MIT Solve (a recent MIT offshoot to identify and accelerate scalable social solutions) has just launched a Brain Health Challenge to address the key question: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience? Summary: Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet. The way we feel, solve problems, and interact with one another all depend on the health of our brains. Unfortunately, brain disord...
Source: SharpBrains - May 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain disorders Brain Health Challenge Brain-Fitness Brain-health mental resilience MIT Solve Source Type: blogs

5 trends shaping the future of brain enhancement and neuropsychology
Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright from SharpBrains Presentation by Alvaro Fernandez at the New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) 2017 Annual Spring Conference. Description: 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, and where may it be headed? What are the opportunities and challenges for the Neuropsychologists of the Future? We will structure the conversation around ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 9, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health brain-performance digital health innovation neuropsychologists Neuropsycholo Source Type: blogs

Train your brain to remember her name: Key patent for cognitive training system using face-name associations
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,197,258 Today we are sharing a 2012 patent by Posit Science aimed at enhancing cognitive ability using face-name associations. U.S. Patent No. 8,197,258: Cognitive training using face-name associations Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation Inventor(s): Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Henry W. Mahncke, Shruti Gangadhar Technology Category: NeuroCognitive Training Issue Date: June 12, 2012 SharpBrains’ Take: The facial recognition capacities of the human brain serves a critical function, from when an infant first makes eye-contact with its mother throughout the s...
Source: SharpBrains - May 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology cognitive-ability Cognitive-Training face-name associations facial recognition neuro-technology neurocognitive training patent Posit-Science-Corporation visual presentation Source Type: blogs

Study: Physically-active video games ( ‘exergames’) boost cognition more than physical activity alone
— Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study (University of Manchester release): “Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts. Study authors Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth say systems that use physical activity for gaming such as Wii, and Xbox Kinect can boost brain functioning in people with neurological impairment, as well as keeping our minds healthy and active as we age. In the first ever analysis of all published evidence, the researchers aggregated data from 17 cli...
Source: SharpBrains - May 5, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology active gaming boost brain functioning Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Training cognition cognitive effort exergames impairment neurological neurological impairment Source Type: blogs

Monitoring neurological signals to detect potential disorders: Key neurotech patent #44
– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181 Today we feature an important Medtronic patent. (As mentioned, we are discussing foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181: Scoring of sensed neurological signals for use with a medical device system Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc. Inventor(s): Ivan Osorio, Mark G. Frei, Nina M. Graves, Jonathon E. Giftakis Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring Issue Date: May 29, 2012 SharpBrains’ Take: While some events caused by neurological disorders are readily apparent, other undesirable neurological a...
Source: SharpBrains - May 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology EEG medical device system Medtronic neuro-monitoring neuro-technology neurological activity neurological disorders neurological signals patent Source Type: blogs

Announcement: Final 48 Hours to Learn from 100+ Brain Experts/ 25 Key Resources/ WEF Agenda article
— Dear SharpBrains reader, First, a quick reminder: you have the opportunity to access the talks by 100+ Brain Experts at a substantial discount. This is an special promotion valid for orders placed before May 5th, 2017. (Access pass lasts for 1-year after purchase, so you’ll have plenty of time to watch sessions at your convenience). –> Learn More HERE (10%-off discount code: sharp2017) Second, we have compiled 25 important resources discussed during the 2015 and 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summits. We hope these 25 resources prove to be valuable to everyone working on ways to im...
Source: SharpBrains - May 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Source Type: blogs