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Standing on the shoulders of  time, reaching past the sky. Welcome to INNOV8, an online zine capturing latest innovations and inspirations.

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The Gamma SENSE (Sensory Engaging Nebulised Scent Experience) is a pioneering instrumental addition to the gamma instrument series. The device delivers multisensory gamma stimulation through auditory, visual, and olfactory channels. This medical/musical instrument is based upon our groundbreaking pilot studies revealing (even non-synesthetic) humans link scent to sonic pitches. Due to the steep fall-off rate once gamma stimulation concludes, this olfactory mechanism probes the possibility of slowing 40 Hz frequency attenuation in patients. As research continues, the Gamma SENSE device was developed to aid in the testing and identification of the olfactory perceptive triggers which recruit and sustain identified cognitive frequencies. In collaboration with the Aging Brain Alzheimer’s Initiative at MIT, the Gamma SENSE pilots a novel, testing form-factor with the goal of deployment in large-scale clinical trials. The Gamma SENSE instrument also features one of the first touchpad arrangements designed to support EEG testing via the low-motion/high output format. As motion creates unwanted noise artifacts during electroencephalograms, this instrument requires the subtlest of finger-motions to trigger dynamic musical expression. The Gamma SENSE propels myriad frontiers through expression, function, and design.

Gamma Sense Testing Instrument Made By Alexanra Rieger



I recently had the opportunity to present latest research at the Brain Mind Summit. According to their website, "The mission of BrainMind is to support and cultivate the most important and impactful ideas in brain science -- focusing our collective energy on critical gating discoveries and structurally underserved areas. To do this, BrainMind is intelligently reorganizing abundant energy, capital, expertise and resources already in the system, using the following guiding principles:1. Create a high-consciousness community of powerful and influential people interested in brain science to drive a cultural shift valuing ideas principally on their potential human impact. Mission_Roadmap.png 2. Establish a roadmap for effective forward progress maximizing impact in brain science, focusing special attention on areas and ideas that are currently under-supported relative to their importance. Mission_Cultivate.png 3. Infuse these ideas with high consciousness capital, leadership, and network support to grow and scale innovations that can benefit humanity from the lab to society." Along with research presentation, a musical demonstration of a neuro-instrument was debuted!

Alexandra Rieger MIT BrainMind Summit Presenter

Standing on the shoulders of  time, reaching past the sky. Welcome to INNOV8, an online zine capturing latest innovations and inspirations. A bit about me: I am a cognitive neuroscientist, multi-instrumentalist musician and anti-disciplinary doctoral researcher at the MIT Media Lab.  Before coming to MIT, I received a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience, Synesthesia Research and Cross-Modal Sound Studies at Dartmouth College, received my Bachelor’s at Stanford University and is an Oxford University Bing Alumna. As a honorary United Nations youth ambassador, my social service work throughout the world (ranging from poverty alleviation, economic development to youth literacy initiatives) and myriad academic experiences, have informed some of the larger questions in my work. I am passionate about promoting neurodiversity and improving upon the human experience by creating pathways between the fields of neuroscience, music, technology and multisensory studies.  Currently I am working on a collaborative initiative to research the effects of specific frequencies in the treatment of Alzheimer's. My background in the neurosciences and multi-instrumental skills allows me to design and conceptualise a positive sensory experience around this stimuli to support efficacy and encourage patient compliance. My research in this area furthermore contributes aspects of multi-modal gamma stimulation for human-centred applications. Through my work, I seek to develop and deploy sustainable solutions, assistive technologies and innovations for cognitive pathologies like Alzheimer’s and other challenges facing our communities and world.



Alexandra Rieger MIT Cambridge Research Science
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