August 2017 - 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: August 16, 2017

On July 25th, Dr. Mahncke, the CEO of Posit Science addressed the 21st Annual World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics on “The Science of Brain Plasticity and Dementia Prevention”. With nearly 45 million people worldwide having Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in 2016, the estimated cost of treatment and care is over $600 billion. Sadly, the rate of diagnosis is increasing dramatically.

The recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) indicates that one of the few types of interventions that may slow cognitive aging is cognitive training, Based on this report and the more definitive conclusion of the ACTIVE Study, Dr. Mahncke sent the following appeal to the world Congress: “It’s time for every library, YMCA, community center and senior center to take up the recommendations of NASEM and offer evidence-based programs to help delay cognitive aging.”

I have been sharing this message with all three levels of our government and encourage you to call for action by contacting your local member of parliament. Note that, we are not talking about complex, million-dollar projects. The ACTIVE Study showed that a relatively small amount (10-18 hours) of a specific plasticity-based speed of processing training made a significant difference.

We have modeled and now successfully run Brain Fitness classes across Ottawa, Canada with very small cost, generating significant results. Please talk to your MPs or other public and private figures in your life who are willing to make a difference and help us expand these classes. Feel free to send me an email at if you need further information or would like to explore ideas.

Here is today’s dose of cognitive training, the Daily Spark.

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.

Sleeping brains don’t stop learning
The science of sleep is proving a lot of interesting hypotheses to be true. Scientists have been trying to figure out just why animals need sleep at all, and they are now seeing that sleeping helps consolidate what we’ve learned, as well as fortify memories. What is even more interesting is that a recent study shows that there are times during the sleep cycle where the human brain can actually learn new things rather than process previous experiences. Read about it here.

In This Issue

Sleeping brains don’t stop learning
Does an acidic brain lead to psychiatric disorders?
A fish that may help repair our brains
Men and women use different brain areas more often
How our brain breaks down events
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

Does an acidic brain lead to psychiatric disorders?
A little known aspect to good health is maintaining a good pH balance within our bodies, including our brains. Studies have shown a correlation between increased brain acidity and psychiatric disorders but it has been difficult to rule out secondary factors such as the effects of treatment on the pH levels in a patient. A new study offers up a potential new way of looking at this correlation. Read more here.

A fish that may help repair our brains
In the search to help people recover from nerve damage, scientists are turning to a small fish with an extraordinary ability. The zebrafish is capable of regenerating cells throughout its body much like people are able to repair their skin after a cut or scrape. Since all animals share similar cells and nerves in places like our retinas, what is it about these fish that can trigger those nerves to regenerate in the same way we heal from minor abrasions? Learn more here.

Men and women use different brain areas more often
It’s a conversation that’s been taking place the world over leading to countless jokes, arguments and the occasional insight into our behaviour - that men and women think differently. The latest study to take this on, shows that certain psychiatric disorders are disproportionate between the sexes because certain areas of the brain is more active for each group. Discover more on how neuroscientists made these links here.

How our brain breaks down events
Going about our day-to-day lives should be simple enough for anyone, but neuroscientists at Princeton have just presented a new framework on how, exactly, our brain manages this. Throughout the day we are exposed to a continuous stream of sensory information that our brain takes in and processes on many levels. What they’ve discovered is a new hierarchy of processes that manages this information in something they call “chunks.” Read 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, find out your CRASH RISK now and try an exercise.

Blogs, News and More Interesting Articles
Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes Fall 2017, Ottawa
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Tiny molecule has big effect on brain's ability to learn
MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism
UVic student taps brain to predict baseball batting performance
Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain
Youthful plasticity restored to brains of adult mice
Magic helps unmask how the brain works
Brain lays foundation for reason in childhood
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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