In the Matter of Carrot Neurotechnology, Inc., File No. 1423132 #00026

Submission Number:
Takeo Watanabe
Rhode Island
Initiative Name:
In the Matter of Carrot Neurotechnology, Inc., File No. 1423132
If my understanding is correct, Prof. Aaron Seitz built a company in which effective training methods will be developed to improve perceptual and other brain functions based on highly solid scientific knowledge of perceptual learning. The scientific validity of the effectiveness of perceptual learning has been very well established. First, in 2015 only, so far, around 100 scientific papers have been published dealing with perceptual learning and related functions. It would make no sense to think that perceptual learning reported in those papers is some kinds of artifact. Second, even microscopic mechanisms of perceptual learning have been reported using highly scientific methods with rodents. For example. Lee et al (2012, Nature) have found that inhibitory interneurons in mouse primary visual cortex play an important role in the improvement in an orientation discrimination task, which is a typical form of visual perceptual learning that numerous papers have reported occurs with humans as a result of a typical type of perceptual learning training. Third, most tasks that have been used to be trained in perceptual learning studies have been used more than 100 years and extremely well established in the field of sensory and perceptual psychology and physiology. Therefore, denying the scientific validity of that task and perceptual learning trained with these tasks directory leads to the denial of the majority of the achievements of sensory and perceptual psychology and physiology developed for the century. For many reasons including these, I believe that hardly any scientist denies the validity of perceptual learning and the effectiveness of visual training in the way Prof. Seitz has used to develop effective methods for everyday basis learning.