June 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: June 21, 2017

As you may know The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 2017 International Conference was held in early June in Los Angeles. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Dynamic Brain: Revealing the Potential of Neuroplasticity to reverse Neurodegeneration,” and our Dr. Merzenich, the brain behind BrainHQ, addressed the plenary session of the Conference. To learn about Functional Medicine and how thought leaders are shaping the healthcare needs of the 21st century, click here.

Please don’t hesitate to send us an email if you have questions or we can be of help to you in any way.

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.

The 11-dimensional human brain
You would think that since people exist in a three dimensional world, and time is the fourth dimension affecting our lives, our brains would follow the same rules. But, using mathematical models, researchers have discovered that when our brains are solving problems the neurons being used create temporary structures that can exist in up to 11 dimensions. This complex math may hold a vital clue in determining how our memories are stored. Learn about their study here.

We remember quicker than we create memories
A major area of study for neuroscientists is unlocking how memories are formed, stored and recalled. Two studies by the NIH have connected a few dots in our understanding of the memory processes happening in our brains. Interestingly, these studies have indicated that our brains appear to recall memories faster than they form memories in the first place. Read about these studies here.

Why laughter brings us together
Having a laugh with friends and family always feels better than laughing alone, and now researchers have found out why. The pleasure of social laughing is tied into endorphins being released, and neuroscientists discovered that more are released when we’re in groups. Their study indicates that this boost we receive is likely a way our brain helps develop, increase or strengthen social bonds. Find out more here.

How your brain recognizes all those faces
We’ve all been in situations where we can remember someone’s face, but cannot remember anything else, like their name, job or where we remember this person from. Researchers have identified six areas of our temporal lobe that are dedicated to processing information about faces. Having a dedicated “face” part of our brains is likely why humans are such social creatures, allowing us to recognize different people quicker than we can vocalize any details about them. Read about how this study here.


In This Issue

The 11-dimensional human brain
We remember quicker than we create memories
Why laughter brings us together
How your brain recognizes all those faces
Plaque levels connected to cognitive decline
Teen brains shrink to increase performance
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

Plaque levels connected to cognitive decline
Early detection is one of the constant struggles we face in the fight against neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive decline. While we do know that certain plaques in the brain are a key indicator for something like Alzheimer’s Disease, a new study has focused on amyloid plaque levels in middle-aged patients as an indicator for future planning and preventative measures in patients. Learn how this study may help develop earlier screenings and tests for cognitive decline here.

Teen brains shrink to increase performance
Did you know that the grey matter in the teen brain shrinks, even though their mental performance increases dramatically? Grey matter is involved in a lot of processes such as speech and hearing but also emotional functions, memory and self-control. Scientists have found that while the volume decreases the density of the grey matter increases in kind, in essence, bringing the connections closer together and making the network more efficient for teen brains to develop. Find out 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, find out your CRASH RISK now and try an exercise.

Blogs, News and More Interesting Articles
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Seeds May Use Tiny “Brains” to Decide When to Germinate
Brain imaging reveals neural roots of caring
Molecule may help maintain brain's synaptic balance
How to tell if it’s a headache, migraine or brain aneurysm – and what to do next
Suppressing the reasoning part of the brain stimulates creativity
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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