Brain employs different control strategies. Mind or thought control can be defined as the inability of the human subjects to think autonomously. Initially mind control was considered a mere conspiracy theory but it is REAL!!
Companies like Microsoft and Facebook are coming up with “Brain -Computer Interfaces” which can help the users increase their concentration and think their way around a computer device, hands free.
The emerging discipline of network neuroscience and network control deals with modulating human brain network to treat cognitive deficits and /or enhance mental abilities. A lot of patents are being filed in this field.
Title: DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EFFECTIVE INVASIVE TWO-STAGE NEUROSTIMULATION
The invention relates to a device for stimulating neurons, comprising a stimulation unit, which can be implanted in the body of a patient and which has a plurality of stimulation elements for stimulating neurons in the brain and/or spinal cord of the patient with stimuli, and a control unit, which operates the stimulation unit during a first time interval and during a second time interval following the first time interval in different stimulation modes. The control unit controls the stimulation unit during at least 75% of the duration of the first time interval in a first stimulation mode such that the stimulation element repeatedly generate sequences of stimuli and the order in which the stimulation elements generate the stimuli within a sequence is constant for not more than 5 successively generated sequences and is then varied. The control unit controls the stimulation unit during at least 75% of the duration of the second time interval in a second stimulation mode such that the stimulation elements repeatedly generate sequences of stimuli and the order in which the stimulation elements generate the stimuli within a sequence is constant for at least 25 successively generated sequences and is then varied. The intensity of stimuli in the first stimulation mode is lower than or equal to a predetermined stimulus intensity and the intensity of stimuli in the second stimulation mode is at least 1.3 times the predetermined stimulus intensity.
Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE
Assignee: Arctop, Inc. (San Francisco, CA, US)
Publication Date: 11 Jan 2018
A method for providing a brain computer interface that includes detecting a neural signal of a user in response to a calibration session having a time-locked component and a spontaneous component; generating a user-specific calibration model based on the neural signal; prompting the user to undergo a verification session, the verification session having a time-locked component and a spontaneous component; detecting a neural signal contemporaneously with delivery of the verification session; generating an output of the user-specific calibration model from the neural signal; based upon a comparison operation between processed outputs, determining an authentication status of the user; and performing an authenticated action.
Title: METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENHANCING MEMORY CONSOLIDATION
Assignee: ICM (INSTITUTE OF THE BRAIN AND THE SPINAL CORD (Paris, FR)
APHP (PUBLIC ASSISTANCE – HOSPITALS OF PARIS (Paris, FR)
NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (CNRS) (Paris, FR)
UNIVERSITY PIERRE AND MARIE CURIE – PARIS 6 (UPMC) (Paris, FR)
INSERM (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH) (Paris Cedex 13, FR)
Publication Date: 28 Dec 2017
The present invention relates to methods and devices for consolidating memory and / or cognitive functions by monitoring brain dynamics and delivering a stimulus to the appropriate stage of sleep cycle.
Title: Headset with contactless electric field sensors for facial expression and cognitive state detection
Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC (Menlo Park, CA, US)
Publication Date: 19 Dec 2017
A head-mounted display (HMD) device includes a plurality of activity detection sensors coupled to a liner formed around a periphery of a HMD or a band attached to the HMD. The sensors attached to the liner are adopted for direct or indirect contact to an upper portion of a user’s face, and the sensors coupled to the band are adopted for direct or indirect contact with a back side of the user’s head. The activity detection sensors detect electrical field signals caused by muscle contractions in an upper portion of a user’s face or brain activity signals when the user is wearing the HMD. The HMD includes a module that reconstructs and projects a facial animation model of the user and a cognitive state of the user based on signals from the activity detection sensors while the HMD is in use by the user.
Title: BRAIN ACTIVITY PREDICTION
Assignee: UNIVERSITAT ZURICH (Zurich, CH)
UNIVERSITY OF FRIBOURG (Fribourg, CH)
Publication Date: 7 Dec 2017
A method for estimating a brain activity response following a stimulus of a person comprises the steps: providing a usage data set of the person from a personal device used by said person, wherein at least one usage attribute is associated to said usage data set, wherein attribute data is associated to each of the at least one usage attribute, providing a computational inference model, generated from a plurality of brain activity data sets and a plurality of usage data sets, wherein each brain activity data set comprises data derived from a brain activity response following a sensory stimulus, submitting the attribute data of each of the at least one usage attributes to said computational inference model, estimating a brain activity response following a sensory stimulus of said person by evaluating said computational inference model for the submitted attribute data. The method is useful to determine, for example the influence of intensive touch pad usage (of a smartphone) on somatosensory evoked potentials.
In face of the unprecedented pace of changes worldwide, choosing a career is a difficult process. It is a challenge to manage the rate of change and to implement today’s set of changes while planning for tomorrow’s.
Despite the information technology and tremendous growth of knowledge, our education system fails to develop student’s creativity, independent thinking and capabilities so that they can make responsible career choices and make the best of the opportunities that lay ahead.
A large population of students are unsure of occupation that is suitable to them even after taking admission in a college or university programme. Many high school graduate decide to enter into a college/university programme based on friendship, potential income, convenience and comfort. There is a lack of self understanding, personal planning and goal setting abilities among students which result in limited work efficiency and demoralized work attitude due to lack of interest, when they enter workplace.
Hence career counselling platforms are remedial or advisory services for students when they are in a need of making subject or career choice. A number of technologies based on artificial intelligence and machine learning are coming up to provide support to users in making choices during career planning in accordance with their interests, capabilities, and orientation.
Some of the recent patents filed for the platforms that provide career guidance are:
Title: Methods and systems for providing career inspiration, motivation and guidance to a user
Assignee: LifeJourney USA, LLC (Baltimore, MD, US)
Publication Date: 19 Sept 2017
Methods, systems, and media are disclosed for providing career motivation, career inspiration and career guidance to a user through one or more journeys. Metrics concerning attention and fact retention of the user after having been presented with one or more career videos on a user device and after the user having responded to career- and skill-specific situational learning exercises and questioning may be recorded in a student record. A career code, such as a Holland Code, may be determined for the user using the responses provided by the user during a career tendency assessment. Metrics of the user’s selection of one or more careers may be recorded in the student record. Mentor interaction may be provided for the selected one or more careers and results of the mentor interaction may be stored in the student record. One or more virtual field trips may be provided to the user and results of the one or more virtual field trips may be stored in the student record. A resume may be generated using the student record.
Title: PERSONALIZED CHATBOTS FOR INMATES
Assignee: GLOBAL TEL*LINK CORPORATION (12021 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 100 Reston, Virginia, 20190, US)
Publication Date: 14 Dec 2017
A communication system for providing a positive communication to an inmate is provided. The communication system includes memory that stores data, and an application server that that analyzes that data to determine topics that are important to the inmate. The application server includes a topic rating system to rate the topics based on importance to the inmate and based on an emotional tone used by the inmate during a communication. When the application server receives a question from the inmate, the application server searches the data and the Internet and responds based on the answer and the data stored in memory. The application server also provides support to the inmate by suggesting counseling services according to the needs of the inmate. Further, the communication system provides a positive influence to the inmate to encourage educational progression.
Title: Practitioner Career Management Assessment Interviewer Method and Tool
The practitioner career assessment is a method and device for providing career development and advancement management within hiring organizations. The method includes the steps of consolidating all of a user’s career experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, and automating career guidance and a career pathway roadmap of the user’s career development and advancement. As a result, the assessment is operated by a hiring organization, under the complete control of the user, and conducted in a confidential manner, free of any judgment prejudice, and devoid of known and unknown biases associated with human factor or supervisory factors to provide guidance and create a career pathway roadmap to goals and advancement. The device includes a number of modules including a system access, user homepage, user profile or census, core and optional goal assessments, assessment generation, guidance, outreach, reporting, and requirements traceability matrix (RTM) modules.
Title: METHOD FOR DETERMINING PERSON’S PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPE
The invention relates to the fields of psychophysiology, psychology, sociology, pedagogy and medicine, and may be used in conducting individual and large-scale studies in the fields of psychophysiology, psychology, sociology, pedagogy, medicine, recruiting and career counseling for determining a person’s psychological personality type and also, on the basis of same, for evaluating psychophysiological and psychological compatibility. The novelty of the invention consists in determining, across a broad range of ages and without using questionnaire tests, a psychological personality type on the basis of objective data regarding the characteristics of a person’s nervous system.
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