There is an “on-off” switch for brain plasticity after vision loss
Did you know that if a person suffers vision loss, his or her brain will rewire itself so that other senses such as touch can use the part of the brain formerly used by the eye? Biologists have now mapped the molecular “on-off” switch responsible for activating this specific brain plasticity behaviour. This switch explains why some brains compensate for vision loss by allowing one eye to take over the neurons of two eyes, while other brains allow these same neurons to be used by other senses. Read the details here
Reading aloud to your children activates their brain
Anyone with small children has been told about the benefits of reading aloud to your child. Did you know that doing so activates the centres of their brain which are the building blocks of language and literacy? So, make some time to read a story to your children or grandchildren and help them jumpstart their brain. Read about the research here
Achieving a goal is also about ignoring distractions
Cutting out the hubbub, noise and distractions to focus on the task at hand is a challenge we face on a daily basis. Most of us think that this is a situation that requires us to focus on the task, but it is equally important for us to be able to ignore the distractions. Researchers are exploring how our brains adapt to distracting situations and how this may affect other behaviours. Learn more here
and explore how the BrainHQ’s Mind’s Eye
exercise can help train your brain to better focus and cut out distractions.
All that neurological jazz
The defining characteristic of jazz music is that there is improvisation over a steady rhythm. Our brains behave in a very similar way. Just as the musicians in a jazz ensemble keep a steady count which allows each of them to improvise, so too do neurons in healthy brains come together and diverge as required. Find out more here
Can you charge a phone’s battery with your brain?
Having your mobile phone’s battery go flat while you’re on the go is a fairly common aggravation. Even if we do bring our charger, finding an available electrical outlet isn’t always possible. With our neurons producing electric currents in our brains, could we plug into our brain and charge our phones as if we were in The Matrix
? Find out how long it could take to charge your phone with your brain here
Cut Your Crash Risk by 50%
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!
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Events and Conferences
Brain Health Awareness Week - Ottawa, Ontario, September 14-19, 2015
“If you do brain research in Ottawa, it makes sense to open your doors once a year and show the people who live here what you are learning.” David Park, neuroscientist and director of the University of Ottawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute
Blogs and Resources
Series: Memory Recall - The Key to Happiness in Old Age!
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
How Can BrainHQ Help You?Athletes: Achieve Peak Performance with Disciplined Brain Training!
Corporate Cognitive Training
Series: Brain Plasticity and Brain Injury
Series: Personal Health - Why We Need to Take Control
What is Brain Plasticity?
12 Benefits of BrainHQ Exercises
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
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