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WAREABLE 06/12/2017

Tapping into the Brain: Neuroscience Wearables Explained

Wearables want to mess with our brains. Okay, maybe mess isn’t the right word. There are now devices that want to tap into our brains with the promise of doing a variety of things including improve athletic performance, fight pain, calm us down and even help speed up the process of learning new skills.

Many of these devices are based on neuroscience, an area of research that stretches as far back as Ancient Egypt. Thanks to recent developments it’s firmly on the wearable tech agenda with a host of innovative startups now taking full advantage.

So what exactly is neuroscience, is it safe and who’s using it? We try to answer all those questions and more below.

What is neuroscience?

So let’s break down what we mean by neuroscience. Check in on any reputable medical or science resource and it will tell you that neuroscience or neural science is all to do with the study of the brain and the nervous system.

It’s about getting a better understanding of how the nervous system operates by examining how neurons (nerve cells), essentially the building blocks of the nervous system, talk to each other and generate certain behaviours and cognitive functions. When we talk about cognitive functions we’re talking about things like the way we acquire information and knowledge.

Historically, neuroscience has been closely aligned with biology but it now overlaps with disciplines that include mathematics, psychology, chemistry and linguistics. Modern neuroscience is broken down into a whole host of different branches from behavioural science, which looks at how the brain affects behaviour to neuroimaging, which diagnoses disease and assesses the health of the brain. There’s a whole lot going on in the neuroscience space right now.

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