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BrainCheck: David Eagleman's New App Tests Cognitive Health in Under 5 Minutes
Science | January 08, 2016

BrainCheck: David Eagleman's New App Tests Cognitive Health in Under 5 Minutes

How well is your brain working? Just ask David Eagleman. A new iPad app developed by the visionary neuroscientist and TED speaker can assess your brain function in less than five minutes, and has the potential to revolutionize the way we measure brain health in athletes, at work, in our aging population, and much more.

BrainCheck uses neurocognitive tests that have been transformed into mobile interactive games to measure reaction time, attention, visual processing, memory, and so on. For athletes who have suffered from a head injury, the app can be used to measure and compare their brain fuction to the rest of the population, or to their own previous results. “It can be done at the sidelines of the game or it can be done in the emergency room or in the ambulance on the way to the emergency room,” says Eagleman.

The app can also be used in workplaces to measure whether employees are cognitively healthy enough to work safely. It can help reduce injuries and fatalities by making sure every worker is fit for duty. The company is also developing BrainCheck Memory, which will track changes in memory and cognitive performance.

These projects are the result of 20 years of research conducted at the Eagleman Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where Eagleman has been studying and creating reliable, noninvasive ways to understand the inner workings of the brain and assess brain function with innovative neurocognitive testing.

A New York Times bestselling author and one of our most sought-after keynote speakers, Eagleman is the host and writer of the spectacular PBS series The Brain. Known for his erudite, engaging style, his unique and active exploration of ideas, and his ability to bring science discovery to everyday life, Eagleman takes audiences on a whistle-stop tour of the infinite possibilities of the brain—and shares his latest and most innovative research, prototypes, and projects that are changing the conversation around the human brain.

In his talks, Eagleman provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. To book David Eagleman as the keynote speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.
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