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System and Method for Cognitive Shaping via Visual Analysis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244312D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system comprising an automatic image characterizing system which, based on said image characterization and an assessment of a cognitive value of an image to a recipient, displays an appropriate image to a recipient for a given period. The cognitive value may be an elevation of a positive mood or cognitive tone.

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System and Method for Cognitive Shaping via Visual Analysis

Disease or brain injury can cause memory or concentration problems , mood changes or mood swings, and feelings of depression or anxiety. A system or method is needed to assist patients with mood and cognitive responses when managing altered brain function due to illness or injury. The objective is to produce positive responses in a patient when presented with visual stimuli.

The novel contribution is a method and system comprising an automatic image characterizing system which, based on said image characterization and an assessment of a cognitive value of an image to a recipient, displays an appropriate image to a recipient for a given period, in order to produce a desired response. The cognitive value may be a boosting of mood or of a cognitive tone (e.g., showing photos of loved ones to a recipient with pre-Alzheimer's disease). Scaffolding rehabilitation treatments are also discussed.

With this system, the image characterization can be object detection using deep neural nets (e.g., the detection of kittens, trees, a family member, a pet, a kind of dog, etc.). The cognitive value is the elevation of a person's mood (e.g., making a sad person happier) and cognitive tone (e.g., showing photos of loved ones to a recipient with pre-Alzheimer's disease) upon viewing the image.

The system uses the effectiveness of displaying certain images for a configurable duration to shape the subsequent displaying of images (e.g., learning that a photo is helpful or pleasing, via voting, via input from a caregiver, etc.). The system is triggered

when a qualified observer determines that the user (i.e. viewer) is in a certain cognitive state (e.g., viewer is identified as sad based on facial, voice, or textual analysis). Other factors can include, but are not limited to, time of day, person's schedule, etc. The system then displays an appropriate image on a viewing screen (e.g., television, digital photograph display,...