In decades past, if someone mentioned the word "fitness," he or she was probably talking about calisthenic routines performed in a spandex body suit. Today, the term "fitness" is as likely to encompass the body as it is the mind.
Maggie Rouman's insight:
interesting article for the LA Times....good points about digital brain training.
"Humans will become capable of feats that now seem impossible — for many of us, in our lifetime — in large part due to expected advances in brain research, posits the inventor and author in his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, due out next month...In his new book, he predicts technology will virtually grow the human neocortex — the section of the brain responsible for thinking, language, and sensory perception — by directly tying into electronic resources, including the Internet."
How far would you go to modify yourself using the latest medical technology?
"IF a brain implant were safe and available and allowed you to operate your iPad or car using only thought, would you want one? What about an embedded device that gently bathed your brain in electrons and boosted memory and attention? Would you order one for your children?"
"BrainBaseline is the first iPad application for measuring how well your brain works. BrainBaseline crosses the ease of use and the multi-touch technology of the iPad with a series of interactive and engaging game-based assessments. These activities use the same laboratory analyses neuroscientists use to measure memory, attention, and processing speed, providing users with the ability to test their cognitive functioning at home, at the office, or wherever you and your iPad go! Tests like the intelligence quotient (IQ) test can only tell you what your brain is capable of doing. BrainBaseline can tell you what your brain is doing and help you track progress and improvements in your cognitive functions over time. "
If two start-ups have their way, video games might cure more than just boredom. They could also be used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Akili Interactive Labs Inc. of Boston, formed by start-up-creating firm PureTech Ventures, and San Francisco company Brain Plasticity Inc. are seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a videogame treatment they hope clinicians will turn to before prescribing medicines for ADHD.
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"Brain-computer interfaces are quickly becoming more advanced and accessible, and some of the ways they're being used are truly mind-boggling.
Why toil with the pressing of buttons or tilting of joysticks when controlling something can be as simple as thinking about it? This kind of technology may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in reality, it’s actually been around for decades. The development of electroencephalography (EEG) technology can be traced back to the 1920′s, but it wasn’t until recently that we figured out a way to use neurofeedback to control electronic devices. Nowadays, we can use brain-computer interfaces (BCI’s) to control everything from prosthetic limbs, to robotic arms, cars, and even things as simple as your computer’s cursor."
TED Talks When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter."
Music recorded from EEG waves helps to heal tsunami victims...In the wake of last year's devastating tsunami, artist Masaki Batoh sought to address the emotional wreckage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The multi-talented Batoh has combined two decades of acupuncture work with his career as head of the musical group Ghost to create an album dedicated to those affected by the event. Dropping tomorrow, Brain Pulse Music (BPM) sets traditional spiritual tracks alongside music recorded from the brain waves of patients.
"MyBrainSolutions for Parents includes a toolkit that equips you with the resources to better understand and manage ADHD and monitor your child's progress on PoweringUp, which empowers your child with fun skill building games that help strengthen cognitive and emotional abilities."
Great company with a variety of cognitive enhancement programs.... they offer a free 14 day trial. Worth checking out.
Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.
Tan Le is the founder & CEO of Emotiv Lifescience, a bioinformatics company that's working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG).
"If only cyclists and motorists could read each other’s minds. Think how much better it would be out on the road.
MIT computer geek Arlene Ducao has seen such a future. Ducao, a computer programmer and digital animator at the MIT Media Lab’s Information Ecology group, is shown wearing MindRider a bicycle helmet hacked with an EEG sensor that displays the wearer’s stress levels so that idiot in the Escalade knows to back off."
"Unlike traditional tutoring services that seek to help students master a subject, brain training purports to enhance comprehension and the ability to analyze and mentally manipulate concepts, images, sounds and instructions. In a word, it seeks to make students smarter...Those results are achieved, the companies say, by repurposing cognitive tasks initially developed by psychologists as tests of mental abilities. With technical names like the antisaccade, the N-back and the complex working memory span task, the exercises are dressed up as games that become increasingly difficult as students gain mastery."
Your new digital therapist..."t's 2018, and you're not feeling your best. Yesterday, on the phone with Comcast, you forgot your social security number, and had to call your mom to get it. She grew concerned. Your nightstand is full of half-finished novels, because it's easier to start fresh than to keep track of where you left off. And the fatigue -- last Thursday, you slept clear through your alarm, until Agnes in 8J pounded on your ceiling with a basketball. You've been here before; you know you're depressed. And you know what you have to do."
"When I started reading on the subject of brain fitness a few years ago, I recognized the potential to enhance a variety of brain training approaches, from meditation to cognitive training, by deploying devices measuring brain activity during training, and for the biometrics, neurofeedback and brain fitness communities to connect and work with each other. What I heard during the 2012 SharpBrains Summit: Optimizing Health Through Neuroplasticity, Innovation and Data demonstrated that things are indeed moving in the right direction."
In a study of 28 subjects wearing brain-machine interface devices built by companies like Neurosky and Emotiv and marketed to consumers for gaming and attention exercises, researchers found they were able to extract hints directly from the electrical signals of the test subjects’ brains that partially revealed private information, like the location of their homes, faces they recognized and even their credit card PINs, Forbes reports.
Picture this: You put on a headset and relax your mind. Soon you begin controlling an object with your thoughts. Several companies are now bringing this technology to life with affordable headsets that determine a person's state of mind.
Using an academic headpiece, the user focuses on moving the rocket. Brain control is not in the distant future, it's alive and finding useful applications for itself in both academics and the gaming community. "At Futur-en-Seine last week in Paris, OpenVibe2, supported by INRIA, a French research intitute (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique) and nine commercial partners (including Ubisoft, Kylotonn and Black Sheep) showed off its open source software platform that enables researchers or game developers to design and test Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). A BCI is a communication systems enabling users to send commands to computers by means of brain activity via a headset fitted with electrodes.
But it’s not the commercial gaming applications that are most interesting here, it’s the application of BCI to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."
(Reuters) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has poured more than $4 billion into efforts to transform public education in the U.S., is pushing to develop an "engagement pedometer." Biometric devices wrapped around the wrists of students would identify which classroom moments excite and interest them -- and which fall flat.