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The future of the quantified brain

November 18th, 2015 at 5:53 pm » Comments Off

For years it was believed the brain was an elusive black box which we simply didn’t understand. And it’s true, scientific knowledge of the brain has been hard won.

‘Matrix’-like brain training to speed up physical therapy possible in the future

October 28th, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

It’s no easy task to learn to walk again after a traumatic accident. One of the hardest things for motor-impaired patients is to generate the correct brain signals to help them recover efficiently.

Researchers at Stanford use Google Glass to treat autism in children

October 21st, 2015 at 4:17 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at Stanford University are using the Google Glass to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions. The Autism Glass Project, a part of the Wall Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine, has launched the second phase of its study.

New video game features create a placebo effect

October 21st, 2015 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Whether it’s the new iPhone, a Blu-ray movie with deleted scenes or a simple firmware update people are obsessed with the new and improved, and according to researchers at the University of York, there’s a good reason: New features can create a placebo effect for an experience feeling more fun and immersive.

Paralyzed man first to walk using brain power alone

October 14th, 2015 at 9:13 pm » Comments Off

A paralyzed man is able to move using his brainpower thanks to a  ‘neural-bypass procedure’ that has been heralded a world first. Neurosurgeons achieved the world first by transmitting signals from the 26-year-old American’s brain to electrodes placed around both knees.

Why electronic brain stimulation is trending right now

October 9th, 2015 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

There seems to be no end to the benefits of electronic brain stimulation. Focused thinking, better memory, deeper sleep, relief from depression, reduced stress are among some of the benefits you read about on the internet. In particular, a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation is getting loads of attention from early adopters who rave […]

The surprising relationship between mood and productivity

September 24th, 2015 at 5:12 pm » Comments Off

Michael Grothaus: There is a quote I love that says, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I’ve found that to be true: Anything of significance I’ve accomplished in my life has, at least in part, been due to the attitude I’ve held, even when there were negative factors working […]

Scientists develop a brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton

August 28th, 2015 at 6:34 pm » Comments Off

Korea University and TU Berlin scientists have developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) for a lower limb exoskeleton used for gait assistance by decoding specific signals from the user’s brain.

New discovery of vessels linking the brain to the immune system

August 14th, 2015 at 7:18 pm » Comments Off

New research has found that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. The finding means the textbooks will have to be rewritten.  

Comparing brain vs deep learning and the computational complexity of these processes

August 3rd, 2015 at 8:30 pm » Comments Off

Tim Dettmers: In this blog post I will delve into the brain and explain its basic information processing machinery and compare it to deep learning. I do this by moving step-by-step along with the brains electrochemical and biological information processing pipeline and relating it directly to the architecture of convolutional nets. Thereby we will see that […]