January 2016 - 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: January 15, 2016

With a new year upon us, I hope that you have resolved to keep your brain fit and that you have met your goals from last year.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seems to have set a 2016 goal too. As you may have heard, on January 6th, the FTC fined the maker of Lumosity brain training $50 million indicating that there was little to no scientific proof to back up the claims made in their advertising. BrainHQ is different. As Dr. Mahncke the CEO of Posit Science says, “We have been following those rules from the start, because we have always believed that good science matters more than advertising.” Read the full posting here.

Rest assured that BrainHQ can help you stick to your resolution of exercising your brain – we do have the science to back it up. Have you tried our free Daily Spark exercise today? Click 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.

Can a second stroke lead to greater recovery?
A speedy response is a key element to successful recovery from stroke. At the same time, every year one in four reported cases of stroke is a recurrent stroke, yet researchers have found a potential exploit for recovery. They have discovered that a timely response to a second stroke can harness the natural plasticity of a brain to regain motor ability lost in the first stroke. Discover where this research may lead here.

Young brains changed by depression
Our understanding of depression, particularly how it can affect children, continues to grow exponentially. While there is a myriad of issues at play for identifying and treating depression in young children, there is a growing amount of evidence showing how it physically changes their brains. A new 11 year study recorded this information and is a step towards better understanding, identifying and treating these conditions in the very young. Read about it here.

Study sheds light on molecular encoding of memory
While looking into how neuroplasticity encodes memory by changing connections throughout our brain, scientists have found a potential link to what controls the plasticity itself. A very similar process occurs on the molecular level within our DNA. Just as our brains create new connections but remains our brain, chemicals and proteins will affect genes in our DNA in a similar manner. See how they discovered the link between DNA and brain plasticity here.


In This Issue

Can a second stroke lead to greater recovery?
Young brains changed by depression
Study sheds light on molecular encoding of memory
Centre of intelligence in our brains
Diagnosing autism with an eye exam
Don’t forget rosemary!
Portable brain scans reveal brain activity changes for Parkinsonian syndromes
Cut Your Crash Risk by 50%
Blogs and Resources



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

Centre of intelligence in our brains
If you could hack your brain or take a pill to boost your intelligence, would you? You may be able to answer that question sooner than you thought. Researchers in London have identified a cluster of genes thought to control cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, processing speed, and reasoning. Using your genes to modify intelligence is still a futuristic idea, and you can read about it here, but in the meantime you can still improve these functions by using the plasticity-based exercises in BrainHQ, try one here.

Diagnosing autism with an eye exam
One of the key symptoms of people living with autism spectrum disorder is a hypersensitivity to sensory input. Neuroscientists have just connected a key neurotransmitter to this behaviour in autistic patients. Their research could lead to a potential visual test as a diagnostic tool for autism spectrum disorder as well as new treatments to help activate and regulate this brain function. Learn more here.

Don’t forget rosemary!
Rosemary is one of the more popular spices to add to a dish. It adds a subtle flavour and gives off an appetizing aroma. It has also long been used as a folk medicine for improving memory. Researchers in the UK have discovered that there is an enzyme in rosemary which prevents the breakdown of a neurotransmitter associated with future memory (remembering to remember). Read about it here.

Portable brain scans reveal brain activity changes for Parkinsonian syndromes
Analyzing brain function in patients with Parkinsonian syndromes has been a challenge since MRI scans required the patient to be lying down. With new portable and wearable fNIRs (functional Near-infrared spectroscopy) available, patients can remain mobile while data is wirelessly downloaded. Neurologists are now mapping and identifying the specific areas of brain activity controlling mobility thus allowing for better diagnose and targeted treatment. Find out more here.

Are you 50 plus?
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 find out your CRASH RISK now - it's FREE.

Blogs and Resources
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors - Exercise #1 Sound Sweeps
Series: Brain Training for Professionals
12 Benefits of BrainHQ Exercises
How Can BrainHQ Help You?
Athletes: Achieve Peak Performance with Disciplined Brain Training!
Teachers and Educators Benefit from Brain Training
Series: Memory Recall - The Key to Happiness in Old Age!
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
Corporate Cognitive Training
Series: Brain Plasticity and Brain Injury
Series: Personal Health - Why We Need to Take Control
What is Brain Plasticity?
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ New User?
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