NASA & DARPA Scientist on Measuring Cognitive Function

Written by Nattha Wannissorn, PhD (Molecular Genetics) | Last updated:

Many SelfHacked readers struggle to tell whether a supplement or device they are trying out is making a difference for their health. Such judgments are often confounded by our own perception and placebo effects. Also, many of us who experience brain fog, mild traumatic brain injury, or other subclinical cognitive problems are often brushed off by our healthcare providers.

In this podcast, I discuss this exact problem with Dr. Dennis, who explains how he invented a device — the Brain Gauge — to address it. I’m very excited to be able to quantify specific aspects of my cognitive function and to no longer rely just on my own imperfect judgement to figure out whether a biohack is working or not.

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About Dr. Robert Dennis

Dr. Dennis is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan and UNC-Chapel Hill and worked as a consultant for NASA and DARPA. He’s also a co-founder of CorticalMetrics, the creator of the Brain Gauge, MicroPulse LLC, and the ICES device.

Dr. Dennis is a really sweet guy and is a better person than me.

I got the sense that Dr. Dennis is doing this to create the best invention possible to benefit the maximum number of people, and as long as he’s got what he needs to live, he doesn’t care about more.

I’m not easily fooled, as I think the 99% of the world is full of nonsense — but Dr. Dennis seems sincere.

My Demo: First Time Using the Brain Gauge

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About the Author

Nattha Wannissorn

Nattha Wannissorn

PhD (Molecular Genetics)
Nattha received her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto and her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Computational Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Aside from having spent 15 years in biomedical research and health sciences, Nattha is also a registered holistic nutritionist, a certified personal trainer, has a precision nutrition level 1 certification, and is a certified functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner. As a holistic practitioner with a strong science background, Nattha is an advocate of science literacy in health topics and self-experimentation.


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