July 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: July 15, 2016

There is hardly a day that I don’t learn something from our Dr. Merzenich and today was no exception...

“Science tells us that a key to sustaining and growing our neurological abilities is seriousness of purpose. I am old enough to have retired, but shall not withdraw to a life of ease and comfort because I know that the brain slowly dies when nothing that it does, matters to it…what sustains your brain sustains you!”

If you haven’t had a chance to workout your brain today, try our free Daily Spark now and please feel free to share.

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.

Tickling the brain can boost immunity
When someone says that laughter is the best medicine, they’re not actually that far from the truth. Researchers have used the reward centre of mice brains to help boost their immune systems, essentially mapping the placebo effect from brain to body. So, if you are feeling healthy, wealthy and wise you can read the research showing you exactly how and why that’s happening, here.

How our brains control our appetite
Do you ever find it hard to concentrate when you’re hungry? Hunger and fasting trigger a set of neurons which scientists have discovered are partially controlled by a specific protein used in regulating our energy. If this protein production is somehow dysfunctional then our hunger and body weight can be effected. Find out more about their research here. There is also a Canadian study that links how our body fat is linked to cognitive function, which you can read about here. Together these studies shine a new light on how our brain and body are intricately linked.

The beautiful mind
When we think of neuroscience, we likely picture a rigorous scientific study taking place in a stark laboratory. The Stanford Neurosciences Institute has recently posted the finalists for their Art of Neuroscience contest, which highlight the beauty found within the science. Take some time to read about the contest here and view the art works here.


In This Issue

Tickling the brain can boost immunity
How our brains control our appetite
The beautiful mind
Undiscovered plasticity comes to light
Recipes of the month: Chana Masala with Mushrooms
Your eye doctor may be worried to read this
Are you 50 plus?
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

Undiscovered plasticity comes to light
Neuroscientists have recently studied a part of our brain that continues to regenerate neurons at a rate they didn’t think was possible in an aging brain. Because the hippocampus area of our brains is hard to observe, its plastic nature was never truly mapped or recorded until now. Learn more about how this area of our brain creates new pathways to help us manage sensory changes around us here.

Recipe of the month: Chana Masala with Mushrooms
Garbanzo beans and other legumes are rich in folic acid—great for the developing brain. Pregnant women should make sure to get an adequate supply of folic acid to ensure good brain health for their babies. Try it here.

Your eye doctor may be worried to read this
Failing eyesight is a very common side effect of the aging process, and regular visits to the eye doctor may become just one part of the process for keeping our eyes healthy from now on. Using the plastic nature of our brains, researchers have now regenerated retinal neurons, in part by using high contrast images to stimulate the neurons. Could this lead to home eye-training similar to our BrainHQ's other visaul system training? Read about their interesting research 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, News and More Interesting Articles
Fall 2016 Brain Fitness Class Registration in Ottawa, ON Canada
Fall 2016 Driving Cognitive Training Class Registration in Ottawa, ON Canada
Researchers uncover how dysfunction of brain circuit may contribute to memory loss
Memories of favourite locations have a special place in brain
Gene Contributes to Poor Speech Processing and Dyslexia
New discovery on how the inner ear works
How synaptic connections in the brain force nerve cells to coordinate their work
ADHD and OCD Individuals Differ in Brain Structure and Function
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #5 Double Decision
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #4 Visual Sweeps
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #3 Syllable Stacks
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #2 Target Tracker
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #1 Sound Sweeps
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
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