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The Los Angeles Cognitive Science enthusiasts meet for their annual holiday hot chocolate and gift idea get together.

Los Angeles CA December 17th , 2006 – The second Sunday of every month is a special day for cognitive science enthusiasts- it’s “BionicPulse Meet up night”. This week before Christmas is extra special, when those who are interested in improving their minds and bodies through technology share their ideas for gift giving. Angelinos from around town gather to hear about the latest gadgetry that promises to make even the most non-techie grandma into a virtual cyborg of advanced features.

“I was surprised by the response” says Chris Kaufman, who started and coordinates the events. “Technology is so pervasive in our lives; we forget we are using PDA’s to add extra memory to our brains”. Kaufman is a former software entrepreneur and has returned to college after a twenty year absence to study social psychology and cognitive science.

“The kinds of technology available now is astounding, from neurofeedback powered video games to mood lamps that really measure the mood of a room”. Some of which will be on display in a show and tell hosted by the group. "The amazing part is the fact there are dozens of ways to enhance our brain’s ability to handle the stresses of modern living few know about.” Chris Kaufman has a collection of devices that take up the slack of his dyslexic brain. The devices include Biofeedback enabled Sport MP3’s, Smart Watches, to GPS enabled cell phones. “I started offloading my sequential tasks from wet circuits to dry circuits as soon as I had taken cognitive tests at college that revealed a weakness…Now my watch, my phone, and Mp3 player keep me on track wherever I go.”

The group hosting the event is called BionicPulse; a mix of machine and human. Yet the emphasis is on cognitive science and wellness. “You don’t have to be working on your Post-doc thesis to join, everyone has something unique to contribute, and everyone is welcome.” quips Chris.

The Los Angeles BionicPulse group meets monthly in west Los Angeles. More information about the Los Angeles BionicPulse group, including meeting times and locations, can be found at


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