February 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: February 16, 2017

At the end of each year TIME Magazine lists the 100 New Scientific Discoveries of the year. In 2016, it selected the impact on dementia of a brain training exercise that was developed and tested with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That exercise is commercially available only in the BrainHQ brain training platform. TIME magazine notes that the brain training technology was acquired by Posit Science, and that its current version is the Double Decision exercise in BrainHQ.

This is a major milestone and as the Canadian partner of Posit Science, we are honoured to provide this invaluable cognitive training program, backed by strong scientific research studies to Canadians in English and French-speaking countries globally. You can learn more about the news and as always, I do appreciate your help with spreading the word. Please feel free to share this newsletter with your network as you may change someone’s life forever!

Thank you,
Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc.

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

The differences in boy and girl brains may be connected to Autism
Did you know that Autism spectrum disorders are two to five times more likely to occur in boys than girls? However, most studies do not address this gender divide until now. Researchers looked into the structural differences of male and female brains and have possibly found a correlation between cortex thickness and likelihood to develop autism spectrum disorder symptoms. Learn more about this research and where it may lead to treating autism patients here.

A new theory on how our brains make predictions
Our brain’s ability to predict outcomes or infer context is an essential part of our survival. If our brains only reacted to what was in front of us the neural delay means we’d always be unable to avoid harm in any number of ways. How our brains are able to produce this function is still a relative mystery, but researchers are now tackling this area of neuroscience. Read about the latest theory here.

Alzheimer's may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease
Having a healthy and fit brain isn’t just a matter of supplying it with proper nutrients and regular exercise. Researchers have found that defective brain cells may play a role in the development of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Being unable to rid brain cells and neurons of toxic proteins looks to play a vital role in the spread of neurological disease. Find out more here.


In This Issue

The differences in boy and girl brains may be connected to Autism
A new theory on how our brains make predictions
Alzheimer's may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease
Predisposition for depression and anxiety seen in newborn brains
Suffering from Ringing in the Ears?
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged using BrainHQ!
Irritated by the Sound of Chewing?
Synapses shrink while we sleep to let your brain grow
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

Predisposition for depression and anxiety seen in newborn brains
When it comes to treating certain psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety, understanding the underlying causes can be key to treatment. A new study has looked at the brains of newborns to see if the groundwork is laid in the brain at birth for people who later present with these conditions. Researchers have recorded that some conditions within the connections between brain areas that can lead to these conditions were present. Read about where their research may lead as they continue to unwrap how different conditions affect our brains throughout a lifetime, here.

Suffering from Ringing in the Ears?
In a recent study run at Washington University in St. Louis, researchers demonstrated that participants who trained one hour a day, five days per week, for eight weeks with a regimen of online auditory brain training exercises derived from the BrainHQ exercises felt improvement in their tinnitus. They also noted improvements in memory, attention and concentration. Learn more here.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged using BrainHQ!
In case you've missed it, Tom Brady acknowledged just before the Super Bowl that he has been using our online brain training platform BrainHQ for three years. He noted that the exercises help him “stay sharp and make better split-second decisions on the field.” Learn more here.

Irritated by the Sound of Chewing?
Do you hate the sound of slurping soup or snapping gum? It might very well be how your brain is wired. Scientists have discovered that people who suffer from misophonia (a disorder that makes certain sounds unbearable) have a difference in the structure of their frontal lobe of the brain when compared to non-sufferers. Learn how this difference can trigger a strong fight or flight reaction to specific sounds here.

Synapses shrink while we sleep to let your brain grow
Anyone who has ever done vigorous exercise knows all too well the need to take a rest the following day. Our brains are just like our bodies in that regard, only instead of giving our muscles a rest we need to give our synapses a rest so they don’t become over stimulated. This happens each night while we sleep, giving them time to relax so they are better prepared to process the constant stimulation that they deal with while we’re awake. Find out more about how our synapses shrink while we sleep so our brains can grow, 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.

ATTENTION Ottawa, ON Canada
2017 Winter-Spring Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Class Schedules

Heron Seniors Centre Walking Clubs. Physical activity is one of the main pillars of a healthy brain and body. Join the Heron Senior Centre's regular, Nordic and Urban pole walkers to boost your health. Call 247-4808x2 for information.

Greenboro Community Centre Thursday Social Drop-in
The Greenboro Thursday drop-in program offers a wide variety of activities from shuffleboard, ping pong, cards and board games to arts and crafts and beyond. Click here for more information.

Blogs and More Interesting Articles
Hair-Like" Brain Implant Could Simulate Vision In The Blind
Compulsive Behaviour Isn’t Necessarily a Sign of a Broken Brain
Transporters of thyroid hormones play key role in development of the brain, study finds
Brain breaks boost productivity
How does our brain process fear? Study investigates
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
BrainHQ in English: www.dynamicbrain.brainhq.com
BrainHQ in French: www.dynamicbrain-fr.brainhq.com
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