Neuroshaping can be defined as the use of methods that have demonstrable and lasting impact on the brain (and the nervous system in general) with the purpose of increasing desired experiences, states or skills. These methods include low-tech approaches such as meditation and high-tech approaches such as biofeedback and neurofeedback. The focus in this blog is on technologies that have promise for creating the conditions for optimal attention, improved self-regulation and greater equanimity.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Innovations in neuroshaping
I recently came across a post on one of the neurofeedback forums about a piece of equipment called Muse produced by Interaxon, a company in Toronto headed by Ariel Garten. This is one of the new wearable EEG bands that can be used without messy electrode paste and wires. This kind of technology holds the promise of making neuroshaping applications available on an everyday basis. (Neurosky and Emotiv are others using similar technology.) Although the equipment is not yet on the market (promised for spring of 2013), Ms. Garten has been promoting the concept behind it--thought controlled computing--widely for the past few years. Most notably, she gave a TED talk in 2011 that is available on youtube.com (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rzlrItooG4). In broad strokes she advances an ambitious case for the concept of thought controlled computing and neuroshaping technologies. Her background is in neuroscience, performance art, and psychotherapy.
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