April 2018 - Discover and learn about brain functions, along with the latest news on brain plasticity and research!
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Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: April 18, 2018

With just a few small changes in our daily routines brain health can be improved! One of these common activities relates to an observation I’ve heard Dr. Merzenich share on more than a few occasions about working out while listening to music. Quite simply, doing both of these activities simultaneously is not something he would recommend. In Dr. Merzenich’s words:

“Movement control is all about your brain interpreting those immediate feelings along with those products of sensory feedback translated by your vision and your kinesthesia, coming back from your body. “Senseless” exercising is good for your strength and vitality and is known to help get more blood and oxygen to the brain; still, for exercising your brain as the controller of your movements, it’s largely a waste.“

Dr. Merzenich is a world renowned authority on brain plasticity and the brain behind our program, BrainHQ.

Have you yet compared your performance with Dr. Merzenich’s? Try it here.

Kind regards,
Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc.

DynamicBrain Inc. is the Canadian partner of Posit Science Corporation providing brain fitness program BrainHQ in English and French.

Alzheimer’s onset linked to low dopamine levels
Authors of a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease link low levels of the Dopamine neurotransmitter with the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Study results indicate the loss of cells using dopamine impairs the brain’s ability to create new memories. Read more here.

Are you sitting too long? It’s bad for your brain too!
Following a lifestyle regimen which includes adequate physical exercise is a key imperative for our cognitive health. And yet, even with high levels of exercise, a UCLA study finds that individuals who lead more of a sedentary lifestyle, such as sitting around too much, lose brain density in cognitive regions associated with memory. Learn about their research here.

How to reprogram memory cells in the brain
Neuroscientists reprogrammed place cells, the brain’s storage area for long-term memories, in free roaming mice. Study results discovered that in reprogramming the place cells, they ceased to fire in their original locations and subsequently only became active when they were electrically stimulated in their new place locations. Findings offer a better understanding for how the creation of new memories are integrated into the brain’s structural mechanism. Find out more here.


In This Issue

Alzheimer’s onset linked to low dopamine levels
Are you sitting too long? It’s bad for your brain too!
How to reprogram memory cells in the brain
Baby’s working memories impacted by inflammation during pregnancy
Can our brain heal itself from injuries?
Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Blogs and Resources




Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment

Brain Training & Dementia

Healthy Aging

Traumatic Brain Injury


HIV-Related Cognitive Decline

Cognitive Impairment due to Heart Failure

Fall Risk and Mobility

Visual Disturbances and Impairment

Driving Impairment

Hearing and Cognitive Training

The IMPACT Study

The ACTIVE Study

The IHAMS Study

All Published Scientific Studies

Scientific Studies In-progress

Baby’s working memory impacted by inflammation during pregnancy
Study links organizational brain changes in newborns with decreased working memories due to elevated rates of maternal inflammation. Findings provide increased evidence correlating chronic inflammation levels during pregnancy with negative impacts for healthy neurological development and increasing the probabilities for a diagnosis involving a range of cognitive and psychiatric conditions. Read more here.

Can our brain heal itself from injuries?
Scientists discovered a new type of quiescent stem cell in the brain. Once activated from its dormant state it shows potential in allowing the brain to heal itself from injuries as a result of Alzheimer’s disease, head trauma, stroke or simply from the effects of aging. Learn more here.

Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Your brain is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment when you get behind the wheel of a car. As we age, our reaction times slow down and our field of vision decreases. This means our safety on the road is also reduced. By spending only 10 hours doing the engaging driving cognitive training program you can save your life and the lives of others on the road! Learn more and try an exercise.

Blogs, News and More Interesting Articles
Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes Winter 2018, Ottawa
Alpha Brain Wave Frequency May Reveal Vulnerability to Pain
Insomnia: Why your brain may sleep without even knowing it
Study shows how moms' brains are hard-wired to gather young
One gene spurred growth of key brain area
Attention deficit disorders could stem from impaired brain coordination
Do You Take Unnecessary Risks? Your Brain Structure Could Be To Blame
Study reveals how interneurons emerge and diversify in the brain
Major Stressful Life Events May Accelerate Brain Aging in Middle-Aged Men
Alzheimer's disease redefined: New research framework defines Alzheimer's by brain changes, not symptoms
Human Hippocampal Neurogenesis Continues Into Eighth Decade of Life
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
BrainHQ New User? Try the Daily Spark
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