Memory Optimization through Vagally Enhanced Signaling (MOVES)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20083
Agency Tracking Number: 09ST2-0001
Amount: $98,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: ST092-001
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sherman Tyler
 Senior Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
 styler@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Mattox
Title: Director, Finance & Contracts
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
 Children's Hospital
 Norman Dean
 300 Longwood Avenue
Hunnewell 2
Boston, MA, 2115
 (617) 355-4615
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
There are many situations in DOD missions when soldiers could operate much more effectively if they could successfully recall previously presented information that is vital for mission execution. However, the quantity of information supplied to today’s Warfighter is constantly increasing. This is due to greater reliance on network-centric operations and the expanding range of missions Warfighters must address, including conventional and asymmetric warfare and stability and support operations. Neurocognitive research indicates that information is acquired most effectively when the brain is in certain synchronous states. Specifically, receiving new information when brainwaves are in a Gamma state seems to improve working memory encoding, while a Theta brainwave state seems to enhance long-term storage of new information. What is needed to address the information challenge, then, is a simple device exploiting the advantages of these brainwave states to improve Warfighter memory. Infoscitex proposes to develop a device, Memory Optimization through Vagally Enhanced Signaling or MOVES, to meet this objective. This device will induce productive brainwave states in Warfighters and present important new information to those users when these states are attained. This will result in better memory for key information leading to much more effective mission performance.

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