February 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: February 19, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that starting February 21st, we are offering Brain Fitness classes at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottawa. And, starting in September 2018, we are planning to offer these classes in Toronto as well.

As you are aware, the BrainHQ exercises have been shown in more than 140 peer-reviewed papers to have benefits across varied populations. In studies of older adults, the exercises have shown improved standard measures of cognition (e.g., speed, attention, memory, and executive function) as well as standard measures of quality of life (e.g., depressive symptoms, feeling of control, self-rated health, and functional independence) and overall beneficial improvements to real world activities (e.g., driving, balance, gait, and everyday cognition).

With help from medical institutions such as the Bruyere Hospital and the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies, we are hoping to reach many more of our aging population before it’s too late!

For those of you who do not train on a regular basis, please try a small dose 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.

Bright light helps us learn and remember
If you feel like you can’t concentrate or think straight because of the office lighting, you might just be right. A recent study found that dimmer light could reduce the capacity of specific brain areas for learning and memory by as much as thirty percent. So, if you work inside for any extended period of time, you may want to consider just how much the lighting is affecting your work. Read more here.

Resilience from depression may be found in grape compounds
As diagnoses for depression increase and the myriad of causes become more and more understood, doctors continue to search for more options they can make available to patients. One area that a new study was looking into was derivatives from grapes that could become effective as a treatment for depression. Eating grapes is definitely a healthy snack choice that can make you feel better, but read more about the concentrated compounds used in the study here.

A lightbulb moment for treating anxiety
Optogenetics is a new research tool that combines gene therapy and light to control specific neurons in the brain. By introducing a light responsive protein to specific nerves in the brain, researchers can remotely activate these areas with fibre optic cables that shine visible light directly onto the area. In this way they can measure specific reactions and test new therapies for certain brain health issues. Learn more here.


In This Issue

Bright light helps us learn and remember
Resilience from depression may be found in grape compounds
A lightbulb moment for treating anxiety
The brains of friends are in synch
A new view on Alzheimer’s degeneration
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

The brains of friends are in synch
When you feel like your group of friends are all on the same page it’s because you and your friends literally think alike. This is so prevalent that scientists working on the study could even predict which people would become friendly because they shared similar patterns. However there still remains a question about cause and effect. Find out if you’re friends because you share brain patterns or if you share brain patterns because you are friends, here.

A new view on Alzheimer’s degeneration
A new study is challenging the long held view that Alzheimer’s disease produces significantly progressive loss of neurons and synapses. Instead, their research showed evidence that a limited amount of neurodegeration takes place and that the effects of Alzheimer’s come from a synaptic dysfunction rather than synaptic disappearance and decay. This new research could lead to new approaches to therapies and treatments for Alzheimer’s patients. 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
Harvard scientists identify molecular machinery responsible for dopamine release in the brain
Alzheimer's research—intracellular calcium store malfunction leads to brain hyperactivity
Your brain decides the value of objects almost instantly
How the brain constructs the world
Male susceptibility to autism linked to male hormones in early-stage brain development
Newborn immune activation may have long-term negative impact on brain function
Star-like cells may help the brain tune breathing rhythms
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 English: www.dynamicbrain.brainhq.com
BrainHQ French: www.dynamicbrain-fr.brainhq.com
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