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The Brain Trainers|New York Times

The Brain Trainers|New York Times | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

 "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."

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Tools developed to solve problems or difficulties with the cognitive functions closely linked to the function of the neuronal networks in the brain.
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Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past) - Atlantic Mobile

Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past) - Atlantic Mobile | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

Using technology to enhance our brains sounds terrifying, but using tools to make ourselves smarter may be part of humans' nature.

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British woman's anorexia 'cured' by brain implant

British woman's anorexia 'cured' by brain implant | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
In a ‘highly experimental’ operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, the woman had a wire inserted to stimulate a part of the brain involved in registering reward.
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Happify | Scientifically Designed to Improve Emotional Well-being

Happify | Scientifically Designed to Improve Emotional Well-being | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
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"Happify's activities and games are based on breakthrough research from leading academic institutions. Our program is designed to train people to disrupt patterns of negative thinking, manage stress, and build skills to overcome life challenges."

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Trend: Mobile apps to improve vision via perceptual learning | SharpBrains

Trend: Mobile apps to improve vision via perceptual learning | SharpBrains | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
“ Vision train­ing: Mobile app improved pilots’ vision (Air­craft Own­ers and Pilots Association): “Mil­i­tary pilots (and other test sub­jects) have improved their vision after a few weeks of train­ing with a new appli­ca­tion for mobile devices—an appli­ca­tion now avail­able to the public. The tech­nol­ogy has helped ded­i­cated users reverse age-related vision loss, and to help younger peo­ple improve on 20/20. Their eyes—including lenses, mus­cles, and recep­tors that send sig­nals to the optic nerve—are only inci­den­tally involved: The real work is going on inside the brain… More specif­i­cally, the Glass­esOff appli­ca­tion is designed to facil­i­tate “per­cep­tual learn­ing,” which refers to the brain’s abil­ity to improve per­cep­tion (visual, in this case) through train­ing. Unlike cor­rec­tive lenses or laser surgery, which improve the qual­ity of the image cap­tured by the eye, Glass­esOff improves vision with­out any change to the eye itself. The results are achieved by enhanc­ing the brain’s visual pro­cess­ing speed and accu­racy through var­i­ous exer­cises requir­ing users to inter­pret images on the screen in ses­sions that last 12 to 15 min­utes, three times a week. Over a period of a few weeks, the brain adapts to more effi­ciently process images, even if they are flawed by lenses that have lost focus.””
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Brain fitness can include playing training games on computers

Brain fitness can include playing training games on computers | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
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.
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interesting article for the LA Times....good points about digital brain training.

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Digital Brain Health vs Brain Training vs Brain Games | SharpBrains

Digital Brain Health vs Brain Training vs Brain Games | SharpBrains | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
The Digital Brain Health market can be broken down into two main technology segments: Software - refers to fully digital and online applications (accessed
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Ray Kurzweil’s new book predicts development of a super ‘digital brain’

Ray Kurzweil’s new book predicts development of a super ‘digital brain’ | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

"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."

 

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How Science Can Build a Better You

How Science Can Build a Better You | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

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?"

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BrainBaseline-Measuring Your Brain's Performance

BrainBaseline-Measuring Your Brain's Performance | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

"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. "

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Games to Sharpen the Brain-Wall Street Journal

Games to Sharpen the Brain-Wall Street Journal | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

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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Einstein Brain Trainer HD v1 0 4 - Android on Mediafire

Einstein Brain Trainer HD v1 0 4 - Android on Mediafire | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

Feed your brain with a personal coach!

If you want to stay young at heart, and sharp mentally, take a few minutes a day and train your brain with Einstein� Brain Trainer HD! Sly fox, studious student or brainy genius? How do you judge your Brain Fitness? Entertaining, yet with a scientific background Einstein Brain Trainer HD will help you to keep your brain active or  if needed will get it moving again! Perform the Daily Test and measure your Brain Fitness, climb to ever higher scales and eventually become a Royal Brain. Practice regularly and you will surely notice an increase in your Brain Fitness. Remember, daily commitment and continuity are key to keeping your brain active!

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Brain-controlled: the user interface of the future | Digital Trends

Brain-controlled: the user interface of the future | Digital Trends | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

"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."

 

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Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life | Video on TED.com

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."


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Happify | Cutting-edge science-based activities and games

Happify | Cutting-edge science-based activities and games | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
Scientifically Designed
Happify's activities and games are based on breakthrough research from leading academic institutions. Our program is designed to train people to disrupt patterns of negative thinking, manage stress, and build skills to overcome life challenges.
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Unlocking Autism, Empowering the Brain | BRAIN POWER | Unlocking Autism, Empowering the Brain

Unlocking Autism, Empowering the Brain | BRAIN POWER | Unlocking Autism, Empowering the Brain | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
Brain-Based software for Google Glass to help children with autism engage their world
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What an innovative way to use Google Glass.

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Happify | Join

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"Happify's activities and games are based on breakthrough research from leading academic institutions.This program is designed to train people to disrupt patterns of negative thinking, manage stress, and build skills to overcome life challenges."

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How well can you see with your ears? Device offers new alternative to blind people

How well can you see with your ears? Device offers new alternative to blind people | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
A device that trains the brain to turn sounds into images could be used as an alternative to invasive treatment for blind and partially-sighted people, researchers have found.
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Welcome to MyBrainSolutions

Welcome to MyBrainSolutions | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
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"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.

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Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves | Video on TED.com

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).

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Brain-Reading Bike Helmet Shows How Stressed You Are | Playbook | Wired.com

Brain-Reading Bike Helmet Shows How Stressed You Are | Playbook | Wired.com | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

"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."

 

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The Brain Trainers|New York Times

The Brain Trainers|New York Times | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

 "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."

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The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health

The Extremely Personal Computer: The Digital Future of Mental Health | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

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."

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Brain fitness meets HRV and EEG biometrics and neuroinformatics | SharpBrains

Brain fitness meets HRV and EEG biometrics and neuroinformatics | SharpBrains | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

"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."

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8 Amazing Ways Google Glasses Will Change Education - Online Universities

8 Amazing Ways Google Glasses Will Change Education - Online Universities | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it
Educators and students can expect to see some amazing changes to the educational experience when Google Glasses show up in the classroom.

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‘Mind-Control’ gaming devices leak users’ secrets | KurzweilAI

‘Mind-Control’ gaming devices leak users’ secrets | KurzweilAI | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

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.


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Mind-Controlled Games Become Reality

Mind-Controlled Games Become Reality | Cognitive Enhancement Technologies | Scoop.it

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.

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