Advertisement Editor’s Picks Profile: Anouk Wipprecht’s Dynamic Dresses Measuring Free Will of Bungee Jumpers Brain-Controlled Game Helps Kids With ADHD Improve Mental Focus I am a fashion-tech designer: I combine fashion with engineering, science, and interactive user-experience technologies. When worn, many of my designs monitor physiological indicators—such as heart rate—and react to this information in some way, communicating the wearer’s internal state. In 2016, I was in Linz, Austria, as an Ars Electronica Futurelab artist-in-residence, and I decided to take the opportunity to see if I could apply my techniques therapeutically. The result was a headpiece that helps children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their caregivers better understand what environmental cues are associated with symptomatic problems. In April, the underlying technology became commercially available for makers interested in … [Read more...] about I Built a Brain Computer Interface for Tackling ADHD in Children
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By Priyanka Runwal | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 13, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: May 13, 2019 at 8:35 am Standing in the basement of Stanford University’s psychology department, Jesse Gomez, a former neuroscience graduate student, looked at brain images of Pokémon experts. Brain scan after brain scan, the results were consistent. A wrinkled-looking, blueberry-sized spot “lit up” in the brain space behind the ear. Published in a study this month, Gomez and his team report that numerous hours of playing Pokémon videogames, from childhood into adulthood, selectively activates this brain region. And its the early engagement with likes of Bulbasaur, Mewtwo and Pikachu that really make a difference. “It turns out that the brain, in response to all this experience, develops a dedicated region for recognizing Pokémon characters,” Gomez said. “What’s fascinating is that this region appears in the same place in … [Read more...] about Why does Pokémon activate this area of the brain?
Before the age of GPS, humans had to orient themselves without on-screen arrows pointing down an exact street, but rather, by memorizing landmarks and using learned relationships among time, speed and distance. They had to know, for instance, that 10 minutes of brisk walking might equate to half a mile traveled. A new Johns Hopkins study found that rats' ability to recalibrate these learned relationships is ever-evolving, moment-by-moment. The findings, to be published Feb. 11 in Nature, provide insight on how the brain creates a map inside one's head. "The hippocampus and neighboring regions in the brain help us figure out where we are in the world," says Manu Madhav, a postdoctoral associate in the Johns Hopkins Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute and one of the study's primary authors. "By studying the firing patterns of neurons in these areas, we can better understand how we map our location." The brain receives two types of cues that aid in this mapping; the first is external … [Read more...] about Rats in Augmented Reality Help Show How the Brain Determines Location
Like seismic sensors planted in quiet ground, hundreds of tiny electrodes rested in the outer layer of the 44-year-old woman’s brain. These sensors, each slightly larger than a sesame seed, had been implanted under her skull to listen for the first rumblings of epileptic seizures.The electrodes gave researchers unprecedented access to the patient’s brain. With the woman’s permission, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco began using those electrodes to do more than listen; they kicked off tiny electrical earthquakes at different spots in her brain.Most of the electrical pulses went completely unnoticed by the patient. But researchers finally got the effect they were hunting for by targeting the brain area just behind her eyes. Asked how she felt, the woman answered: “Calmer in my nerves.”Zapping the same spot in other participants’ brains evoked similar responses: “I feel positive, relaxed,” said a 53-year-old woman. A … [Read more...] about Brain-zapping implants that fight depression are inching closer to reality
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByCade Metz Oct. 14, 2018 REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — In the global race to build artificial intelligence, it was a missed opportunity. Jeff Hawkins, a Silicon Valley veteran who spent the last decade exploring the mysteries of the human brain, arranged a meeting with DeepMind, the world’s leading A.I. lab. Scientists at DeepMind, which is owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, want to build machines that can do anything the brain can do. Mr. Hawkins runs a little company with one goal: figure out how the brain works and then reverse engineer it. The meeting, set for April at DeepMind’s offices in London, never happened. DeepMind employs hundreds of A.I. researchers along with a team of seasoned neuroscientists. But when Mr. Hawkins chatted with Demis Hassabis, one … [Read more...] about Jeff Hawkins Is Finally Ready to Explain His Brain Research