Month: September 2017

30 Sep 2017

Motivation and How to Get Motivated

How many times have you started enthusiastically a weight loss program, began a bodybuilding or aerobics training program, or started learning a foreign language, only to stop after a short while?

How many times have you intended to do something different, study a certain topic or start a certain project, but couldn’t, due to lack of motivation? At times, you might have started the new project, but only for a little while, and then stopped because you lost enthusiasm or did not have enough motivation? This happens quire often.

What is motivation, and why do you need it?

Motivation is a driving force. In order to accomplish anything, you need a driving force, otherwise nothing would happen. A wish is not strong enough to make you take action. A wish is a weak desire, and only a strong desire can drive you forward, to act and accomplish aims and goals.

In order to get motivated, you need to know exactly what it is that you want. Your goal should be clear and sharp, and you need understand and become aware of its benefits. Thinking often of your goal, and accepting the idea that it can come true, would increase your motivation and strengthen your desire to achieve it.

Thinking and persuading yourself of the importance of what you want to do or achieve, would increase your motivation, strengthen your desire, and make you willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal.

It easier to display motivation in connection with short-term goals. When it comes to long-term goals, it is not always possible to sustain the motivation for a longer period of time. This is why it is wiser to start with small goals, and after gaining experience with being motivated, you proceed to bigger goals.

If you desire to get a certain object, or accomplish a certain goal, but you don’t feel motivated enough to act, it means that the desire or goal are not important enough. To be motivated to take action and do something in respect to your goal, you need to possess a strong desire.

Motivation has become a popular term nowadays. There are motivational coaches and speakers, and motivational books and articles. You can find a lot of information about it on the Internet.

Motivation has much to do with the emotions and the imagination, which means that if you want to increase it, you have to work on your feelings and imagination.

How to Get Motivated? Here are a few tips that could help you.

Tips to Increase Your Motivation:

  1. Think and analyze your desire, to find out whether you really want to achieve it, and whether it is worth the effort and time.
  2. Make your goal very clear. Writing it down will help.
  3. Think often about your goal or desire.
  4. Visualize your goal as already accomplished, and shut your mind to doubts and disbelief.
  5. Read books or articles about the subject of your goal.
  6. Read about people who have achieved success. This would inspire you to emulate them. you can find books, articles and videos that would be helpful.
  7. Think often, about the benefits you will gain by achieving your goal. This will increase your desire and motivation.
  8. Visualize how your life would be after getting what you want to do. Imagine how you would feel after achieving your goal.
  9. Repeat positive affirmations, such as, “I have the desire and inner strength to achieve my goal”. Repeat this affirmation often, with attention and belief.
  10. Start taking small steps toward your goal right now. Don’t wait for the right opportunity and time.

“Motivation is the powerful engine that moves you toward success and accomplishments in every area of your life.

“Motivation is the electrical power that activates the engine of success.”

“Visualizing your desire as already accomplished, and enjoying the feelings of accomplishment, awaken in you energies that drive you to do whatever it takes to make your desire come true.”

Source: https://www.successconsciousness.com/motivation.htm

26 Sep 2017

Researchers Restore Consciousness in Man After 15 Years in a Vegetative State

IN BRIEF

A new breakthrough study suggests that it’s possible to restore consciousness from patients who have been in a prolonged vegetative state. Researchers from the ISC Marc Jeannerod used a method that stimulates the brain via the vagus nerve.

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Current medical practices tend to look at people with consciousness disorders — those in a vegetative or comatose state — to be almost impossible cases. Recovery is uncertain at best. A breakthrough new study, however, suggests that this may no longer be the case. A team of researchers and clinicians from the Institut des Sciences Cognitives (ISC) Marc Jeannerod in Lyon, France restored signs of consciousness to a 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years through a method called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).

Used to prevent seizures in those with epilepsy and to treat depression, VNS sends mild pulses of electrical energy at regular intervals to the brain via the vagus nerve. Because it’s the longest cranial nerve, the vagus nerve connects the brain to various parts of the body — even the gut — and is critical to maintaining certain essential body functions, like alertness and walking.

In this new research, a vagus nerve stimulator was implanted on the chest of the patient, who was in a vegetative state because of a car accident, a procedure conducted by Jacques Luauté and his team of clinicians. The results, published today in the journal Current Biology, was compiled by researchers led by Angela Sirigu from the ISC Marc Jeannerod.

IRREVERSIBLE NO MORE

After a month of VNS, the patient exhibited improved response capabilities. He was able to respond to simple commands, like following an object with his eyes or turning his head when asked. The patient also showed an improved attention span, by being able to keep awake when listening to his therapist reading a book. At the same time, his ability to respond to perceived “threats” was restored — like how his eyes opened wider, showing surprise when one of the examiner’s heads moved closer to his face.

Various brain tests also revealed improved brain activity. In areas of the brain involved with movement, sensation, and awareness, there was a marked increase in theta ECG signal activity, which is important in distinguishing between a vegetative and a minimally conscious state. Meanwhile, a PET scan spotted an increase in metabolic activity in the brain’s cortical and subcortical regions, which translates to improved neural functional connectivity.

Image credit: Corazzol et al.
Image Credit: Corazzol et al.

In short, after 15 years of existing in a vegetative state, the patient had minimal consciousness restored — a feat previously regarded to be impossible. Prior to this research, it was thought that patients suffering from consciousness disorders for longer than 12 months could no longer be helped. This study shows that “it is possible to improve a patient’s presence in the world,” Sirigu said in a press release. “Brain plasticity and brain repair are still possible even when hope seems to have vanished.” Not only that, the study also demonstrates “this fascinating capacity of our mind to produce conscious experience.” The researchers purposefully chose a difficult case for their study to eliminate the probability that such improvement could be due to chance. Still, Sirigu’s and Luauté’s teams are planning to conduct a much larger collaborative study to confirm their findings.

Source: Futurism

24 Sep 2017

The Magnetic, Attracting, Power of the Mind

The power of the mind draws certain events, circumstances and people into our lives and repels others. In this respect, it resembles a magnet.

Watch the people around you. Some of them pass through certain events and circumstances, while others pass through different experiences. Some accomplish certain things easily, and others accomplish these same things with great difficulty, or not at all. Sometimes, they attract positive events, and sometimes negative events.

The Mind Is Like a Magnet

Your mind is composed of the thoughts you think. These thoughts are like magnetic currents. If you think positively about some event or action, you get positive results. If you harbor negative thoughts, this negativity is drawn into your life.

You attract into your life what you think about frequently. It does not mean that every thought gets materialized. Most of the thoughts are weak and are not repeated long enough to gain sufficient strength. Weak thoughts, like a weak magnet, hardly have any attractive power.

You have seen how a magnet draws metal objects. A strong and big magnet draws bigger objects than a small and weak one. Magnets have another peculiar characteristic. One side of the magnet draws, and the other side repels.

The magnet draws to itself everything made of iron, no matter whether it is a useful object or junk. The mind acts in the same way. It attracts into your life positive and negative situations and events, according to the thoughts that you think.

Like the magnet, the mind does not only attract, but also repels. If you do not believe that you can get or accomplish something, then you repel it. Thoughts of incompetence, weakness, fear and inferiority create a repellant force. It is as if you are creating a wind that blows away and prevents certain things to reach you.

Activating the Magnet of Your Mind

There are several ways to charge your mind and thoughts with magnetic power. Strong desire, concentration, and faith are a few of the important ingredients for infusing power into thoughts.

Many activate the magnetic power of their mind unconsciously, without knowing what they are doing. When you know the rules, you become able to activate the magnetic power of your mind consciously, positively and effectively.

Repeated visualization and focused thinking, desire and faith, unleash powerful energy. This energy influence the minds of other people, and attracts to you people who think along the same lines as you do, and who can help you with your plans.

This process heightens your awareness and perceptiveness of opportunities related to what you are visualizing, filling you with motivation and initiative.

Strive to be aware of your thoughts, choosing beneficial thoughts, and consciously utilize the power of attraction.

You can attract people, circumstances, events, possessions, or a certain life style, with the magnetic power of attraction of your mind.

Remember, what you think about intently, with attention and feeling is attracted to you. It can be material and it can be spiritual.

The power of attraction is a universal power, manifesting everywhere and in everything. It is the power that holds the Universe together. It is the power that brings thoughts into manifestation.

Source:  https://www.successconsciousness.com/index_00003d.htm

20 Sep 2017

Research Shows Communication Between Both Halves of the Brain Increases With Age

IN BRIEF

It has already been observed that, as we age, the two halves of the brain increasingly communicate. New research explores why and what that might mean for our health.

GROWING OLDER

We all age. It’s an inevitable part of life that brings with it adventure, experience, difficulties, learning opportunities, and so much more. It also, as explored in a new study published this week in Human Brain Mapping, includes increased communication between regions in the brain. According to the study, this change happens to compensate for the parts of aging that aren’t so positive.

Specifically, as we age there is an increasing amount of bilateral communication in the brain; meaning that the two halves of our brain communicate with each other more as we grow older. Now, this isn’t new information, but this study did step into previously unexplored territory in our understanding of this phenomena. The team of researchers accomplished a first by directly manipulating this communication, using a brain stimulation technique known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This technique allowed them to better understand if the process is a positive or negative adaptation. It was performed while adult subjects undertook memory-related tasks, giving the research team practical insight into how their brains responded.

Image Credit: Seanbatty / Pixabay
Image Credit: Seanbatty / Pixabay

BRAIN AGE

According to lead author Simon Davis, Ph.D., “This study provides an explicit test of some controversial ideas about how the brain reorganizes as we age…These results suggest that the aging brain maintains healthy cognitive function by increasing bilateral communication.” This communication increases, according to the study, “as needed,” — depending on how your brain transforms over time.

The researchers also found that patients with stronger white matter pathways, which exist between the halves of the brain, showcased greater bilateral communication. This signifies that it is likely that the brains of those with similar pathways might retain higher levels of functioning later in life.

This study has unveiled crucial information about the inner workings of the brain as it ages. Not only is this phenomenon now understood to be a progressing method of compensation, but we better understand bilateral communication, as well as how the pathways between the halves of our brain contribute to our brain health over time. This study, and others like it, will continue to contribute to research that could support a more robust understanding of the biology of aging, and provide clues about how we and our brains can stay healthy throughout our lives.

Source: Futurism

17 Sep 2017

A Stanford Neuroscientist is Working to Create Wireless Cyborg Eyes for the Blind

IN BRIEF

Stanford neuroscientist E.J. Chichilnisky has a bold plan—Create implantable devices to restore vision to a number of people who have gone blind. But to do this, he’ll have to revolutionize the way electronic devices interface with the human brain.

Seeing The Light

For the nearly two million Americans who have degenerative eye conditions, the ability to see is anything but a guarantee. Although we can slow the progression of vision loss—for example, patients can take special vitamins for the disease—there is no cure. And once it’s lost, vision can’t be restored.

Two of the most notable conditions, retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cause cells on the retina, which is the region at the back of the eye that converts light into electrical signals, to die off. As a result, those afflicted with the diseases lose their sight as they get older. Thus, these conditions are of increasing concern, given our growing aging population.

Fortunately, a futuristic solution is on the horizon. And it has to do with becoming cyborg.

In the past few years, some patients have been fortunate enough to get devices implanted on their retinas to help them see again. Unfortunately, these devices aren’t very good, only illuminating blotches of light and dark, devoid of details. Alos, they’re expensive, costing patients upwards of $150,000. To some, that’s better than nothing. “I understand that I will not have 20/20 vision and that I won’t be able to distinguish faces. But at least I will be able to know that my grandchildren are running across the yard or walking into my house,” one recipient told the University of Michigan in 2014.

But E.J. Chichilnisky, a professor of neurosurgery and ophthalmology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has a much grander vision for retinal implants. To fulfill it, he plans to create a device that revolutionizes the way electronic devices interface with the brain.

A Dialogue With The Retina

To break down the issue a bit more, in a healthy eye, light passes through the cornea and lens, entering the eye through the pupil. That light then falls on the retina, where a series of different cells turn light into electrical signals that are then transmitted into the brain via the optic nerve.

As previously noted, retinitis pigmentosa and AMD cause many of the cells in the retina to die, so the signals that transmit visual information are stopped before they can reach the brain. Current retinal implants simply take the place of those dead cells, turning light into electric signals.

But the disease doesn’t kill all cells in the retina—and this is where the problems arise with current implants.

Retinal ganglion cells, which pull in information from all the other cells in the retina, seem to survive the culling. There are about 20 different types of retinal ganglion cells scattered across the retina, each of which transmits a different type of information to the brain.

Timing is essential to the function of these cells. One type of cell could tell the brain a region on the image is brighter now than it was a moment ago, and another could tell the brain the image is darker. If both are activated at once, “that’s a nonsense signal sent to the brain,” Chichilnisky says.

That’s part of the reason current retinal implants are so limited. As Chichilnisky notes, they ignore the functioning retinal ganglion cells, activating them all at once. “Vision is like an orchestra trying to play a symphony. It depends on having [the right signals] at the right time and right place,” Chichilnisky tells Futurism. “If you instruct all the instruments to play indiscriminately, someone will hear you. But it’s not music.”

The tiling effect of cells on the retina. Image credit: Chris Sekirnjak

Chichilnisky aims to get each type of ganglion cell, each “instrument,” to play at its proper moment. Eventually, his team’s so-called smart prostheses will be surgically implanted into patients’ eyes and be powered wirelessly, probably from a pair of specialized glasses that the patient would wear.

But they’ve got to do a lot to get there. Getting the right signal to the right cell at the right time is difficult because the mixture of different types of ganglion cells varies between individuals and may even change over time, Chichilnisky says.

Chichilnisky’s solution is to create a device that can not only transmit the right signals to the ganglion cells, but also read the retina to figure out which kind of ganglion cell sits where. Then, the device can stimulate it at the right time to create a cohesive image. “It’s a dialogue with the retina—you have to talk back and forth to the circuit,” he notes. He envisions that the final version of the device will “write” all the time, but “read” the retina only occasionally.

But there are other technical challenges. The device has to be made of the right material so that it can stay on the retina for long periods of time without damaging it or sparking an immune response. It also demands a dense concentration of fine-grained electrodes on a small chip that doesn’t emit too much heat. “We have to take everything we know and program it effectively into chip that can sense its environment, figure out what’s going on, and do the right thing at right time in the right place, always. And it has to be smart enough to talk to a neural circuit,” Chichilnisky says. “It’s a tall order.”

A Bright Future

Chichilnisky’s team, made up of neuroscientists, circuit designers, and an eye surgeon, is still figuring out the exact design of their device. Currently, the researchers are testing different techniques on the excised retinas of animals used for other experiments. To perform all the tasks that their compact device will eventually perform, they need an entire room full of scientific equipment. They plan to reduce all this to a small implanted chip.

But this isn’t the only team in the game.

Other scientists are working to restore vision in patients with retinitis pigmentosa and AMD, and already, tests of gene therapy and stem cell therapy techniques have produced interesting results. But Chichilnisky isn’t worried. “I’ll be thrilled if someone comes along and cures AMD while we’re doing this stuff,” he says.

The retina—one of the best-understood and most accessible avenues to the brain—is only the beginning

This is because Chichilnisky believes that, regardless of what other developments in treating blindness come about, the technology he is developing will represent the future of neural implants, as their utility extends far beyond just sight. Devices that can both listen and talk to the brain in the same “language” will enable humans to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s or control prosthetic limbs.

The same tech will likely be used to hack our own biology, augmenting our memory and pushing our vision to new limits. “It’s going to happen. If you think it won’t, you haven’t been reading enough,” Chichilnisky says. According to him, the retina—one of the best-understood and most accessible avenues to the brain—is only the beginning.

Chichilnisky hopes to have a lab prototype in the next couple of years and to start testing it on live animals within five years. Predicting when such a device could be tested in humans, to say nothing of when it could be widely available, becomes murkier. But he hopes that human studies could happen within the next decade.

Though the technology is still at too early a stage to spin off into a company and seek investors, Chichilnisky has no doubt that many will be interested…and soon. “The thing I’m talking about is a revolution,” he says. And we are fortunate enough to be here to witness the start of it all.

Source: Futurism

13 Sep 2017

Mind Power Basics

Whatever you desire, you can achieve it using Mind Power.

All physical reality is made up of vibrations of energy; even your thoughts are vibrations of energy. While it sounds like a concept or theory, this is a new reality that quantum physics has revealed to us. Your thoughts have a powerful influence on your life.

Your thoughts affect what happens to you.

Most of us go through life taking little notice of our thought processes: how the mind thinks, what it fears, what it heeds, what it says to itself, what it brushes aside. For the most part, we go about your lives with minimal attention paid to how we think. We go through life neglecting one of the most important and powerful forces in our life: our thoughts.

What you focus on, you attract.

Mind Power is directing your thoughts towards a desired outcome. Focus on success and you attract success. Focus on fear and failure and you attract failure. Mind Power is understanding these principles and making our thoughts work for us. Your thoughts are the primary creative forces in your life. Use them consciously and you will awaken to a whole new life of power and opportunity.

A new life is but a new mind.

In order to make changes in your life, you must change the way you use your mind. You cannot think both negative and positive thoughts at the same time, as one will always dominate the other. As humans, we’re creatures of habit, and so are our minds. We must make sure empowering thoughts and positive emotions are the dominating influence in the mind.

To change the external, you must change the internal.

Most people forget this step. They try to change external conditions by working directly on those conditions but this almost always proves futile or temporary, unless it is accompanied by a change of thoughts and beliefs.

Train your conscious mind to think thoughts of success, happiness, health, and prosperity. Learn to weed out negativity such as fear and worry. Keep your conscious mind busy with the expectation of the best, and make sure the thoughts you habitually think are based upon what you want in your life.

Source: learn mindpower

10 Sep 2017

Neurons Use a Type Of “Adrenaline Rush” to Communicate With the Immune System

IN BRIEF

The discovery of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in 2010 gave scientists some insight into how the body produces substances that combat infection. Now, new research explains how neuron satellites factor into this process.

FIRST RESPONSE

In 2010, researchers discovered that humans are born with innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). They’re a crucial part of the body’s ability to fight off infections and are highly concentrated in parts of the body that are more likely to come under the threat of infection, such as the gut, lungs, or skin.

Now, a new study published in Nature has offered up additional insight into how they work in tandem with our nervous system.

Researchers from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU) and the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM) in Lisbon, Portugal, noticed that a specific type of ILC referred to as an ILC2 could be found along the axons of neurons in the lungs and gut of mice. As a result, they decided to see whether the two tissues could communicate with one another.

Through their analysis, the researchers determined that ILC2s were outfitted with a defined “receptor” for a neuronal messenger known as neuromedin U (NMU). NMU is only produced in large quantities by neurons, so the researchers knew that it was those cells that were communicating with the ILC2s.

This hypothesis was tested by infecting two groups of mice with a parasite. One group was the control, while the other had been modified to removed the NMU receptors from their ILC2s. While the first group’s ILC2s could trigger a response to the infection, the second group’s could not.

The researchers concluded that the neurons were essentially providing the immune cells with an “adrenaline rush” that prompted them to take immediate action against the infection.

“[N]eurons define the immune cells’ function. Nobody could have imagined that the nervous system coordinates, commands, and controls the immune response throughout the whole organism,” IMM researcher Henrique Veiga-Fernandes told AR Magazine. “It’s one of the fastest and most powerful immune reactions we have ever seen.”

MORE TO KNOW

While we’ve known about ILCs for a while, new research like this study out of Portugal can help us understand exactly how they interact with the nervous system.

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine just published a similar study on ILC2s, and senior author Dr. David Artis is optimistic that this knowledge of how the nervous system responds to infections could one day be used to develop new therapies to treat inflammatory diseases.

 

“Where we are most excited is thinking about multiple chronic inflammatory diseases that might be related to this neuronal-immune axis and where we might be able to intervene,” he explained in a press release published by the school.

Eventually, we may be able to use what we learn about ILCs and NMU to help people affected by asthma, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, and numerous other conditions, but right now, more research is needed.

“In humans, ILC2s also have NMU receptors,” noted Veiga-Fernandes. “But we are still very far from understanding how we could safely use this neuro-immunological ‘bomb’; for now, we are at the fundamental research level.”

07 Sep 2017

The Power of Concentration

“The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun. When they are concentrated, they illumine.” – Swami Vivekananda

When I was a child, I saw how a magnifying glass could burn a piece of paper, when the rays of the sun were focused through it on one point. The fire could only be ignited, when the sun’s rays were concentrated on a small point. When the magnifying glass was moved too far away, or too close to the paper, the rays were not focused enough, and nothing happened.

This experience, describes vividly, how the power of concentration works. It is a skill, which enables you to fix your attention on one single thought or subject, while at the same time excluding from your awareness everything else.

“The power of concentration manifests as focused attention and as a one pointed mind.”

When you focus your mind, you conserve your energies and do not dissipate them on irrelevant thoughts or activities. This is why, developing concentration is vital for anyone aspiring to be more efficient and take charge of his or her life. This skill is vital for every kind of success. Without it, your efforts get scattered, but with it, you can accomplish great things.

Concentration has many uses and benefits. It assists in studying, enables faster comprehension, improves the memory, helps in focusing on a task, job or goal, and therefore, achieving them more easily and efficiently. It is a powerful tool for the efficient use of creative visualization, and it also helps in developing psychic powers.

When this ability is strong, the mind obeys you more readily and does not engage in futile, negative thoughts or worries. This ability plays an important role in meditation, gaining mental mastery, and attaining peace of mind.

Without it, the mind just jumps restlessly from one thought to another, not allowing you to meditate properly.

Do you now realize, why it is very important and worthwhile to develop and improve the ability to concentrate?

To develop this power you need to train and exercise it. Forget all your excuses about not having the time or being too busy. Do not say that the circumstances are not appropriate, or that you cannot find a quiet place to exercise. With a little planning, desire and motivation, you can always find the time to exercise each day, no matter how busy you are.

The restless mind

Thoughts claim our attention constantly, wasting our time and energy on unimportant and useless matters. They actually, rule our life. We have become so used to this condition that we regard it as natural.

While breathing, we do not need to pay attention to each inhalation and exhalation. We become conscious of the process of breathing, only when we have some difficulty with breathing, such as when our nose is clogged, due to a cold, or when we are in an unventilated room.

It is the same with thinking. We become conscious of the constant onslaught of our thoughts, and of our inability to calm them down, only when we need to concentrate, solve a problem or study. We are also acutely aware of them, when we have worries or fears.

Examine this familiar situation. You need to study something for your job or for an exam. You sit comfortably on the sofa with the book in your hands and start reading. After a while, you feel hungry and go to the kitchen to eat something.

You return to the book, but a few moments later you hear people talking outside. You listen to them for several moments and then bring your attention back to the book.

After a while, you feel restless and switch on the radio to listen to music. You continue reading a few moments, and then remember an incident that happened yesterday, and start thinking about it.

When you look at your watch, you are amazed to find out that one complete hour has passed, and you have hardly read anything.

 

This is what happens when one lacks concentration. Imagine what you could have accomplished, if you could control your attention and focus your mind!

A job that requires physical strength, such as carrying heavy loads, for example, strengthen the muscles. However, it is not the same as exercising daily in a gym. Reading and studying, exercise the mind, but to gain strong concentration, you need to practice exercises every day, just like training in a gym.

Inner resistance to developing concentration

To develop this ability, you have to train your mind. Most people believe that concentration is a strenuous and tiring activity, and that it involves exertion and tension, which are difficult and unpleasant. This belief, which usually starts at an early age, is not true.

Parents and teachers expect children to study, do their homework and get good grades. Sometimes, they use disciplinary measures against the children. This makes the children feel forced to do something they don’t like doing.

Telling a child often, that he or she is not concentrating well enough, creates a subconscious aversion to concentration and study. These become associated with coercion, lack of freedom, and doing something they do not like to do. When children grow up, it is no wonder that their power of concentration is too weak.

Though most people would admit that good concentration is a great asset, yet, most of them, do nothing to strengthen it, because they don’t know how, and because they lack the motivation to do so.

Concentration can be fun, if approached in the right way. It should be practiced with joy, positive attitude, optimism, and understanding of its great possibilities.

The benefits of developing the power of concentration

There are many benefits to developing the power of concentration. Here are a few of them:

  • Control of your thoughts.
  • The ability to focus your mind.
  • Peace of mind.
  • Freedom from futile and annoying thoughts.
  • The ability to choose your thoughts.
  • Better memory.
  • Improved Self-confidence.
  • Inner strength.
  • Stronger Willpower.
  • Decisiveness.
  • The ability to study and comprehend more quickly.
  • Inner happiness.
  • More powerful and efficient use of creative visualization.
  • -Deeper and more successful meditation.
  • And much more…

Reference: https://www.successconsciousness.com

03 Sep 2017

The First Mind-Controlled Virtual Reality Game Has Arrived

IN BRIEF

Startup Neurable just unveiled the first virtual reality game that users can control with their minds. The game is just one example of the rapidly growing field of tech based on brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs.

TELEKINETIC POWERS

Part of the appeal of virtual reality (VR) is the ability to control the digital world using only your hands and simple movements. Startup company Neurable, in collaboration with the Madrid-based company Estudiofuture, is eliminating controllers and hand movements altogether with their first game: Awakening, which aims to show what it’s like to have telekinetic abilities.

Neurable Vice President Michael Thompson announced the game last week ahead of its appearance at the computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH. The game, set to be released in VR arcades in 2018, has a story similar to that of the Netflix series Stranger Things: “You are a child held prisoner in a government science laboratory. You discover that experiments have endowed you with telekinetic powers. You must use those powers to escape your cell, defeat the robotic prison guards, and free yourself from the lab.”

Speaking with IEEE Spectrum, Neurable CEO Ramses Alcaide explained that his company’s headset strap, attached to a modified HTC Vive headset, uses several electrodes positioned in specific areas that detect brain signals known as “event-related potentials.” These small electric changes in the brain are tied to movements, sensory experiences, or thoughts as they happen.

MORE THAN JUST GAMING

Though Neurable’s technology might be exciting for gamers, such brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are being researched for much more widespread applications: from neuroscience research to mind-controlled web development, to brainwave-based marketing and tracking brain activity the way many track their steps. The technology is also being developed to help those with locked-in syndrome — unable to move or talk — communicate with the outside world.

Some researchers have expressed skepticism that this technology can ever be commercially viable; Jack Gallant, head of UC Berkeley’s Neuroscience Lab, told the Guardian it was “conceptually trivial but just about impossible to do” due to the difficulty of decoding brain signals through the thick human skull. But Alcaide seems to think the ease with which people have used Awakening bodes well for the tech’s future.

“A lot of people come in highly skeptical, because BCI has been a disappointment so many times before,” Alcaide told IEEE. “But as soon as they grab an object, there’s a smile that comes over their faces. You can see the satisfaction that it really works.”