January 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: January 19, 2018

Once again we see the start of another new year resolved to make positive changes in our lives. If you have been following our newsletter, you will know that 2017 was a banner year for BrainHQ and as more scientific studies prove, time and again, that our exercises have a positive outcome on brain health and fitness, this trend should continue in 2018.

We have already witnessed the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) include cognitive training in their new MCI practice Guidelines and Pfizer discontinuing drug discovery efforts for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s after it failed to help patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's in clinical trials. This is happening while a peer-reviewed published study showed that speed training on brain is the first activity to successfully protect against dementia.

If you are not yet a regular user of BrainHQ, please take your brain health serious and give it a try 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.

A well connected brain has a direct link to your IQ
Researchers using brain imaging techniques explored how some regions of the brain work closely together and noticed that these hubs were more effective if their connections were stronger. These strongly connected areas used in processing higher functions such as problem solving had a direct correlation to the IQ level of the subjects. Learn more about this study here.

Sleep is more effective in younger brains
Sleeping is generally viewed as the time our brains reflect, reinforce and recharge what we’ve experienced throughout our waking lives. However, as we age our brainwaves tend to become unsynchronized when we sleep thus reducing our ability to save memories. So, the next time a teenager is sleeping in, let them get those few extra hours to help their long term brain health. They will remember your kindness. Read about it here.

This cat predicted death better than doctors
A 2007 story about a care home cat that would sense imminent death inspired a group of researchers to begin work on a computer program capable of the same thing. Using a deep neural network, which is a computer network set up to function like our own brains, they began analyzing data from patients to discover whether or not this was possible. To their surprise, the algorithm they designed was much more effective than they thought. Learn more about this program, where it may lead and some surprising conundrums the researchers encountered here.


In This Issue

A well connected brain has a direct link to your IQ
Sleep is more effective in younger brains
This cat predicted death better than doctors
Brain connectivity plays a role in Parkinson’s progression
Memories infect the brain like a virus
GPS of the brain shares resources
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

Brain connectivity plays a role in Parkinson’s progression
Being able to map the progress of neurodegenerative diseases is a vital step in working towards more effective treatment and eventual cures. Researchers in Montreal have just mapped the spread of Parkinson’s disease through closely connected areas of the brain. It was long suspected that Parkinson’s disease originated in one specific area, and the degeneration mapped through locations closely aligned to that area are proving that neuroscientists are moving closer to their goal. Find out more here.

Memories infect the brain like a virus
What happens when a neuron fires to begin the formation of a new memory? A specific protein on the molecular level of our neurons caught the eye of scientists working on this. They discovered that this particular protein transmits information in a behaviour consistent with a virus. Read about it here.

GPS of the brain shares resources
Knowing where we are and where others are in relation to us is a brain function that remains key to our existence as self-aware and social beings. Neuroscientists have now mapped neurons in the hippocampus that work together when helping us navigate and are also used when placing someone else in a similar location. For instance, giving someone directions will use a lot of the same neurons as when you are moving through the route on your own. Learn more about your brain’s GPS 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
Zebrafish brain repair following concussion
Ben Barres was a role model for role models
Proteomics analyses could present new opportunities to diagnose and treat dementias
Smart tech: 2018 will be all about giving gadgets a brain of their own
Monthly Brain Cycles Predict Seizures in Patients with Epilepsy
Newborn immune activation may have long-term negative impact on brain function
Tiny hair-like fibers help create interconnections between brain regions
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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