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Brainpaths Incorporates Research: Makes Tactile Stimulation Affordable for Families

Proven brain-stimulation technology is now incorporated into Brainpaths tactile products: hand-held tracing boards accessing 3000 mechanoreceptors in each fingertip. Brainpaths products (similar to Braille) makes tactile stimulation available for everyone: young and old, improving motor skills and brings tactile brain stimulation to a new level – invigorating the brain like never before. It is common knowledge that fine motor activities for adults and children and tactile exercises such as labyrinths and mazes develop the right side of the brain and enhance learning for all ages: children to seniors, but never before have labyrinths and mazes been available in a device that indents into the fingertip to access 3000 mechanoreceptors just under the skin. Brainpaths patent pending devices, based on this new technology, bring tactile stimulation to a new level. Our fine motor games use the power of fingertips has been used for over a century enabling the blind to read, using Braille dots, but other than Braille, the only deliberate use of fingertips has been to stroke a violin string or play the piano. Neuroscientists had the proven research, but a viable product to incorporate the research at an affordable cost, was not available until NOW!


Brainpaths devices have paths injected into plastic – to allow users fingertips to indent into 3000 mechanoreceptors in each fingertip to invigorate the brain. Repetition of this tracing exercise increases stimulation to the brain. Stimulating the brain on a regular basis allows the brain to establish strong connections between neurons, increases memory, improves cognitive abilities and relieves stress. These are all very important skills needed for reading, mathematics and other areas of learning that require concentration and memory. As an added bonus, Brainpaths repetitive fingertip tracing provides a fine motor skills activity. Brainpaths devices (patent pending) provides ‘tactile touch’ in a concentrated, deliberate manner, using fingertips: the most stimulating part of the human body. Each fingertip has more than 3,000 touch receptors, many of which respond primarily to pressure. These are packed in just under the surface of the skin, where each reports events in overlapping fields about one-tenth of an inch across.

The entire trunk, by contrast, has about as many touch receptors as a single hand. When you touch something, what happens in the skin is fairly straightforward: neurons fire. But what happens deeper in the brain is mysterious indeed. Take the simplest possible example–you are stroking your finger across a rather large A, which is raised as in braille and recognize it as A, with no peeking. As you stroke the letter, the skin is indented, ever so slightly, as it passes over the A. That causes several hundred neurons to fire, each one reporting pressure as a bit of the letter passes through its neural field (Handy Guide to Touch, John Hopkins Magazine, April 2005.)

The Skin is An Extension of the Brain:

The effects of tactile stimulation on the structure of the brain can be appreciated by understanding that the skin is almost an extension of the brain, formed as it is from the same layer of tissue during the embryonic stage of life (Taylor, 1979:136). (Biosociology: An Emerging Pradigm, Anthony Walsh,1995

Repetition forms Connections

A new study suggests there might be some truth to the use-it-or-lose-it hypothesis. The cells and connections that are used will survive and flourish, while cells and connections that are not used will wither and die (Dr. Jay Giedd MD, frontline interviews, PBS)

brainBrain Image taken during  fMRI showing real time brain stimulation in red. Tracing injected textures on the surface of a Brainpaths device indents into 3000 mechanoreceptors under the skin of each fingertip, providing a superhighway to the sensory cortex of the brain, shown in this image in red. With proper stimulation, the synapse between neurons become stronger making the connections stronger and more permanent and improving the functioning of the brain.


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