Patent Number: 6,309,361

Title: Method for improving memory by identifying and using QEEG parameters correlated to specific cognitive functioning

Abstract: Mental abilities are labeled with terms such as memory, problem solving, spelling, etc. and can be measured by psychological measures such as recall score, etc. The physical correlates of brain functioning employ such measures as blood flow, electrophysiological events, etc. The relationship between these different scientific domains is called the mind-body problem. The submitted patent addresses the empirically obtained correlative relationships between a number of cognitive capabilities and the Quantitative EFG (QEEG) measures (coherence, phase, magnitude, etc.) during cognitive activation conditions. The QEEG measures reflect the electrophysiology of the gray matter of the brain underlying the scalp. The cognitive abilities addressed include memory for auditory (paragraphs, word lists) and visual (faces, Korean characters, reading material) information (immediate and delayed recall ability), spatial problem solving (Raven's Matrices), spelling, mathematical ability (multiplication, internal spatial addition), pronunciation of nonsense (not real) words, memory for autobiographical information, intentions and where objects have been placed. The patent addresses the different patterns which are responsible for effective cognitive functioning in the adult and child population as well as the normal response patterns across the tasks for the two groups. The relationship between cognitive success of auditory memory ability (paragraphs, word lists) was examined for the eyes closed and auditor, attention condition. The analysis reflected the positive relationship between certain QEEG variables across different cognitive conditions. The value of the patent resides in providing the specific QEEG parameters which are responsible for specitic cognitive abilities. These QEEG variables can be effectively changed through an operant biofeedback conditioning methodology.

Inventors: Thornton; Kirtley E. (Toms River, NJ)


International Classification: A61B 5/0476 (20060101); A61B 5/048 (20060101); A61B 5/0484 (20060101); A61B 005/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018