The purpose of this challenge is to show a potential client, or research partner, that the MA Method of mapping mind to brain is useful. I wish to collaborate with others on specific applied neuroscience projects. To do that I need to DEMONSTRATE value.
With BCI technology for example, Mind Brain Insights, LLC can improve device design, testing, learning, user empowerment, and use (in the lab or real world). But talk is cheap. Let Mind Brain Insights SHOW you we can do this!
To do so, I offer the Mind Mapping Challenge. Pick any task, behavior, or movement. My company will provide a 1-2 page analysis featuring a) how to optimally define the corresponding state of mind, and b) how to map it to the brain and brain signal.
The analysis will also suggest how to improve the project of interest, in very specific ways.
Be as specific as possible in defining the project (real or hypothetical) and tasks/behaviors of interest: for example, “the reward center activity triggered by a successful movement,” “the neural networks activated by the action “’grasp a phone,’” or “an ideal brain signal target for a paralyzed person trying to move a cursor on a computer screen.”
Once the topic of interest is identified, and both parties agree, MBI will provide an initial 2 page analysis, free of charge.
While demonstrating my company’s value, and hopefully starting a collaborative relationship, the Mind Mapping Challenge also serves as proof of concept. It provides evidence for a number of critical ideas that are contrary to current thinking: that the mind IS crucial to understand the brain, it CAN be defined (with accuracy and precision), it CAN be mapped to the brain, and it CAN be used to enhance a specific BCI/applied neuroscience project. It also challenges professionals who believe they can define the mind (i.e. mental processes) and map it to the brain with equal effectiveness. Take the challenge and see for yourself!
Below is a list of mind components to choose from. Any of these can be defined as memory networks, and (using existing knowledge & literature, and new measurement) mapped to the brain as functional neural network (FNN) ranges.
Aspects of Mind:
Perception: vision, hearing, smell, touch, taste, somatosensation
Thought and thinking
Goals, plans, procedures, tasks
Emotion, motivation, arousal
Voluntary motor control (sensation & perception/imagination/intention/prediction/motor cortex signal)
Any cognitive neuroscience category: the reward center, executive control, working memory etc.
The self (perceptual & conceptual)
Resting state network
Intention (to do, think, feel…)
Language: hearing, speaking, writing, reading
Any activity or action
The conscious and unconscious mind
Either a general description, or specific example, of any of the above
Any combination of the above