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1. (WO2017173436) REGULATORY DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/173436    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/025702
Publication Date: Fri Oct 06 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 04 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61N 1/00
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH-OF THE COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
UPMC
Inventors: SIEGLE, Greg J.
RABIN, David Mayer Lowell
Title: REGULATORY DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD
Abstract:
A peripheral device for regulating neural correlates of arousal and emotion regulation to be worn or held against the body is disclosed. The device can be triggered by either physiological signs or manual intervention and produces cutaneous signals such as vibration or electricity using novel combinations of physiologically reactive frequencies without effort on the part of the user. One embodiment includes combining sensors that measure changes in physiological signals of stress such as speech rate and pitch, galvanic skin response, or heart rate variability, and, using a machine learning algorithm on personalized data, can determine whether these changes are likely to benefit from regulation. If they are outside an idiosyncratic predetermined range, the device produces stimulation and the person will feel regulated if they are touching / wearing the device, or can choose to use the device if it is not currently being touched or worn.