Versus Brain Blast | Nov. 2018

November Brain Blast

We've searched high and low, far and wide for the latest and greatest developments in neuroscience, psychology, wellness, and technology. To save you the legwork, we've compiled five recent news stories from around the globe that we think are worth your time.

Thoughtful Technology: Communicating Via Brainwaves

Story via MIT Technology Review

Using a combination of EEG and TMS tools, researchers have developed a way for subjects to communicate to one another via their brainwaves. Read more about BrainNet, a network through which subjects in one room used brain signals to transmit instructions to a subject in a different room.

Mindful Medicine: Early Detection Through EEG

Story via Healio

A doctor and a patient.

Low-cost, consumer-friendly technologies have made it possible for doctors to incorporate EEG into routine medical care. With the right algorithms, researchers believe they could use EEG to detect conditions including dementia, autism, and ADHD before symptoms arise, allowing for early intervention.

Grass is Greener: Greenspace and the Brain

Story via The British Journal of Educational Psychology

A swing set on a playground.

Explore a recently published study which illustrates the impact of environment on the brain. Regardless of income and parental involvement, children who lived in neighborhoods with more greenspace were found to have better spatial working memory, which is associated with better attention and academic achievement.

Password Protected: The Value of Brain Biometrics

Story via PC Mag

When you are listening to your favorite songs, you produce unique brainwaves, a phenomenon called a "Chill Response". Researchers are working to use this "Chill Response", recorded through EEG technology, as a highly secure form of biometric authentication to replace passwords and fingerprints.

Artificial Awareness: Neuroscience Behind the Wheel

Story via Bloomberg

A car driving on a freeway.

Developers are looking to improve the responsiveness of automated vehicles by making them more intuitive. Learn how Perceptive Automata is employing principles from neuroscience and psychology to teach driverless cars to use social norms and body language to predict human behavior. 

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