What will neurotechnology look like in 10-20 years?

Credit: University of Nottingham

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Will it be about a new generation of portable brain scanners that can significantly lower the price of research, like the one being developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham and University College London in the UK?

Or will it be about sophisticated neural interfaces, like the ones the US military is working on, to change the ways our minds interact with the world around us?

Or, perhaps, will it be about inexpensive, data-rich approaches to detect patterns in your smartphone usage and detect mental health and brain disorders in their early stages — such as what MindStrong HealthNeuraMetrix and others are already doing?

–> Continue reading We need to rethink neuroscience. And you can help us, over at the World Economic Forum.

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Brain teaser to exercise those temporal lobes

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Language is processed in the temporal lobes, on the sides of your brain, next to you temples.

Different areas in the temporal lobes (mostly on the left side) deal with different aspects of language. For instance, the Wernicke area supports your ability to understand words. The Broca area, on the other hand, is the one that allows you to produce language or articulate words.

Let’s try a fun brain teaser to help exercise your brain’s language areas…are you ready to stimulate all those neurons in your temporal lobes?

Read each definition and try to find the corresponding word.

(Answers are below, but don’t check them until you have tried!)

Tease your brain:

_________________ = A plant having a permanently woody main stem, usually growing to a high height, and developing branches at some distance from the ground.

_________________ = A large, usually tawny-yellow cat, native to Africa and southern Asia, having a tufted tail.

_________________ = The nutritious, orange to yellow root of a plant of the parsley family.

_________________ = An article of furniture consisting of a flat top supported on one or more legs.

_________________ = An institution where instruction is given.

_________________ = A moving cage for carrying passengers from one level to another.

_________________ = A device for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point

_________________ = a body of water of considerable size, surrounded by land.

_________________ = A domestic fowl bred for its flesh, eggs, and feathers.

_________________ = A shallow, usually circular dish from which food is eaten.

_________________ = A precipitation in the form of ice crystals.

_________________ = Any circulating medium of exchange

 

 

Answers

Tree
Lion
Carrot
Table
School
Elevator
Telephone
Lake
Chicken
Plate
Snow
Money

 

For more cognitive stimulation, visit these Top 25 Brain Teasers for Teens and Adults, and explore What are Cognitive Abilities and Skills, and How to Boost Them?

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Have a Kindle? Order The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at a sharp discount and help fight Alzheimer’s Disease

As you probably know September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’d like to help improve public knowledge about brain health and Alzheimer’s risk factors by making The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize your Brain Health and Performance at Any Age easier to access and read.

From Saturday, September 29th, until Monday, October 1st, we’ll be running a Kindle Countdown Deal via Amazon in which you can order the book with discounts of up to 90%.

We hope you enjoy the book and it helps you protect your most important asset: your amazing human brain.

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Imagine the future of Brain & Mental Health

Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depression, or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it?

Imagine a free “annual brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into personalized interventions to improve function and prevent/ delay/ treat cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease?

Imagine being responsible for the health & wellness of a million people — how will you educate them to navigate most-likely-to-help interventions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to regulate stress?

Imagine investing $100 million in startups developing noninvasive, digital neurotechnologies — where, and how, will you find great opportunities to generate financial and social returns?

Learn more & Save the Date to participate @ 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th)…

Additionally, given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and to our distinguished Judges:

  • Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer at the GE Foundation
  • Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder and ED of the Transformative Tech Lab
  • John Cammack, Angel Investor
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of Brain Resource
  • Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance
  • Christian Hernandez, Managing Partner at White Star Capital
  • Dr. Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Cori Lathan, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Venture Partner at Bay City Capital
  • Zack Lynch, General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners
  • Dr. Eddie Martucci, Co-Founder and CEO of Akili Interactive Labs
  • Dr. Karen Postal, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)
  • Yannick Roy, Co-Founder of NeuroTechX

We’ll announce more details by July 2nd, 2018. In the meantime you can learn more herehere and here.

–-This will be the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

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Jan Samzelius, CEO of Brainnovations Winner NeuraMetrix, encourages pioneers to focus on “simple, elegant solutions to big problems”

What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest last month?

Even with only a brief presentation the judges immediately got the potential impact of our technology to measure and monitor brain health and began to think about other applications for us – several we had not thought about. That was fun.

In a nutshell, what is the core idea behind NeuraMetrix?

Typing Cadence is among the strongest habit we have. If the brain is attacked by a disease, the habit will begin to break – very slowly and in very small increments. Our way of measuring is so sensitive that we can pick up changes at the level of 1/100th of second – many orders of magnitude better than today’s tools.

When and how did the idea come to you?

Coming from data security, our first idea was to use typing cadence for authentication, and then were alerted to the brain health application by an outsider. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Whew.

What a rich and diverse 3-day conversation on the future of brain health and brain enhancement among 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants in 24 countries.

From the dozens of fascinating insights and moments, here are some our favorites:

(Note: slidedecks are now freely available; session recordings require registration and login credentials)

1. That masterful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of mental health (view slidedeck Here)

2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie Martucci the FDA implications from the significant research findings released just the day before (view slidedeck Here)

3. Exploring the revolution in brain health assessments (view slidedeck Here), as covered in the article Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at WebMD

4. Discovering the latest in EEG, virtual reality/ augmented reality, and photobiomodulation with experts at UCSF, Emotiv, Stanford, AUGMENTx ad VieLight ((view main slidedeck Here)

5. Previewing why Lumosity is getting into Mindfulness (view slidedeck Here; final presentation)

6. Considering the ethics of different methods of cognitive enhancement, including the growing use of consumer-driven brain stimulation (view slidedeck Here)

7. Learning about the largest new Randomized Controlled Trial on the impact of lifestyle factors such as exercise and nutrition on healthy brain aging (view slidedeck Here)

8. Discussing the upbeat findings about education and cognitive training from a just-published study involving 200,000+ people! (view slidedeck Here)

– Judging Panel for the Brainnovations Pitch Contest

9. Exploring the next 80 years of brain enhancement and Human Computer Interfaces with neuroengineer Randal Koene (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here)

10. Hearing the great questions and feedback by Judges during the Brainnovations pitch contests to measure brain health and to improve it, to harness Big Data, to boost workplace productivity and resilience (view slidedecks HereHereHere and Here)

 

In summary, Brain Health and Mental Health will look very different in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.

Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy and Prosperous 2018  to you and to your family at home and at work,

Alvaro Fernandez on behalf of the SharpBrains Team

 

PS1: Summit Participants already have full access to all recordings clicking above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speakers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in credentials provided during the Summit.

PS2: If you didn’t participate in the Summit but want access all recordings, they are available for purchase HERE ($150; 10%-off discount-code: sharp2018)

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Congratulations to Brainnovations Winners: NeuraMetrix, AUGMENTx, Sapien Labs, and The Touchpoint Solution

Proud to announce the Winners of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest that took place during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit last week. What a fascinating discussion and learning experience for everyone involved, already resulting in great media coverage such as Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health (WebMD)!

Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best forward!

Winner — Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance

NeuraMetrix: “NeuraMetrix measures brain health using a digital bio-marker based on consistency of typing cadence. It is passive, independent of language, culture and education and does not require tests or special equipment, sensors, gross motor skills or physician interaction.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance

AUGMENTx: “AUGMENTx’s augmented reality enabled neuromodulatory rehabilitation therapy aims to accelerate neurological recovery from stroke and traumatic limb amputations. The team’s vision is to make the therapy available to all stroke and limb amputation patients around the world at an affordable cost.”

Winner –Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data

Sapien Labs: “Sapien Labs is a non profit that seeks to accelerate solutions for brain health by building the largest globally representative open access database and research platform for human EEG with stringent data standards to enable large scale analysis of the human brain.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity & Resilience

The Touchpoint Solution: “What if you could lower stress by 71% in 30 seconds anytime, anywhere? Cost-effective, non-invasive TouchPoints neuroscience wearables represent next-gen life enhancement…improve focus, performance, calm, sensory integration, and onset of sleep with BLAST technology and live your best life.”

This was the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

 

 

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