Our rapidly changing environment is profoundly altering our brains and minds.

Our rapidly changing environment is profoundly altering our brains and minds.

What does it mean for the future of society? How can we manage the risks?

WE EXPLORE AND TRACK THE DIVERSITY OF THE EVOLVING BRAIN AND MIND OF HUMANITY.

WE EXPLORE AND TRACK THE DIVERSITY OF THE EVOLVING BRAIN AND MIND OF HUMANITY

Unlike any other organ, the human brain constantly resculpts itself across the life span in response to life experience.

We are learning that changes in our stimulus and social environment have a far more profound impact on our brain physiology and mind than we have previously appreciated.

We work to measure, monitor and understand the interplay between life experience, brain physiology and our cognitive and mental health outcomes across the globe, and put forth insights that can help manage it for more positive outcomes.

Join us to understand and mitigate risks and enable the mental wellbeing of society.

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Researchers

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Companies

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Universities

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Government Agencies and non profits

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RESEARCH INSIGHTS

We take a cross disciplinary approach to understanding the influence of environment on brain and the relationship between brain and mental outcomes. Our research spans development of new tools for measurement, new approaches to signal processing and large-scale data acquisition and analytics.

Mental Wellbeing Evolves with Circumstance. The Pandemic had a Big Effect.

Across the global English speaking population overall mental wellbeing declined 24 points in 2020 relative to 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The percentage of the population with clinical level mental health risks rose from 14% to 26%.

Read more in the Mental State of the World 2020

A Progressive Generational Decline in Mental wellbeing has been exacerbated by the Pandemic

It used to be that younger people and older people fared better with a dip in middle age – known as the U-shaped curve of happiness. No longer. Younger generations have increasingly worse mental wellbeing overall and mood and outlook. 44% of those 18-24 have clinical level risks and challenges compared to only 6% of those 65+. This generational decline, already present in 2019 was exacerbated by the pandemic.

Read more in the Mental State of the World 2020

Complexity increases with Stimulus Consumption

The brain ‘consumes’ stimulus that informs its wiring, development and behavior. Major things like education, transport and cell phones expand the scope and pace of stimulus the brain receives.

Complexity of the brain signal measured by EEG, or electrodes on the scalp, increases with aggregate consumption of these stimulus expanding factors. Complexity reflects the diversity of waveform patterns in the signal and may have significant cognitive consequences.

Read more in Nature Scientific Reports

Disparity in Stimulus Access and Consumption Results in Disparities in Brain Signals

There are many disparities in the brain signal between those with access and means to consume greater stimulus and those without. This shows the distribution of a feature of the brain signal called the Alpha oscillation between two extremes – those who are rural, less than primary educated and with no technology compared to those college-educated and digitally enabled.

The Alpha oscillation is thought to have a role in attention and mental imagery.

Read more in Nature Scientific Reports

Key program areas

Human Brain Diversity

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Mental Health Million

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Exploratory Research

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Lab Talk

Part journal club, part musing, we blog here about interesting and open questions in human neuroscience as well as new tools and approaches to research.

Mentalog

Mentalog is our blog on mental wellbeing. How to interpret your own, understand it in a population context and how to measure and manage it within organizations.