RAPID, RELIABLE, AND OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENTS OF MEMORY DECLINE.
Augmem™ uses neural circuit-based approaches backed by proprietary AI to create highly sensitive digital cognitive assessment tools.
The underlying science is informed by over 15 years of research more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.
Augmem™ is based on several decades of computational and empirical research across species that has now reliably demonstrated that memory for everyday events requires a process known as “pattern separation”.
This process allows our brains to create unique memories for similar experiences (for example, where you parked your car today vs. yesterday) and enabling us to store and retain rich, detailed memories of our past.
As we all get older, we begin to struggle with pattern separation, leading to a loss of contextual memories (where certain events occurred or when they occurred). Most of these changes can be benign and part of the normal aging process. Individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease struggle to a much greater extent.
Work by Dr. Yassa and colleagues has shown that loss of pattern separation can be an early marker of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease, prior to the onset of clinical symptoms.
Augmem™ is a digital cognitive assessment platform targeting pattern separation, coupled with an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that generates unprecedented insights into the cognitive processes and brain systems that underlie memory loss. It is highly sensitive to even the most subtle shifts in cognition and has been extensively validated using brain imaging studies.
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