Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: March 17, 2017
March is Brain Awareness Month, the perfect time to take charge of our brain health. While the exercises on BrainHQ directly target various brain areas, there are other lifestyle elements that need to be taken into consideration to improve cognition. Nutrition, physical activity, social life, and sleep all play a role in our brain's health.
Even though we promote and share brain science advances throughout the year, March is a very special time to take a few extra steps. We would like to invite you to read about influential thought leaders and experts on neurological conditions such as dementia, brain injury, autism, Parkinson’s and more on the March 30th National Post newspaper publication. For now, you may wish to check out the online version of the article addressing our program here.
If you are a BrainHQ subscriber, login now and give your brain a good workout. If you are not a regular trainer yet, why not become one today, or trial the Daily Spark.
Kind regards,Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc. is the Canadian partner of Posit Science Corporation providing brain fitness program BrainHQ in English and French.
Does your gut cause you anxiety?
In recent years science has turned its eyes toward bacteria that live within our digestive system and the potentially huge role it plays in our behaviour. A new study into IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) found a link between this specific condition and how the bacteria associated with it also affects brain functions. In particular they discovered how IBS can impact a patient’s anxiety which, in turn, they hope will lead to biomarkers that will lead to better treatment and detection. Read more here.
Engaging your brain with art
Art galleries and museums have long been places where displays are set up with a bit of explanatory text for visitors to interpret on their own. But, what if you were able to more actively engage with the artwork on display because multiple areas of our brain were being stimulated simultaneously? A new area of study and collaboration between neuroscience and museums is doing just that by incorporating smells, sound, colour and many other interesting new approaches to mounting art displays. Discover more here.
Is our brain more active than we thought?
As our tools that measure and map brain activity have improved so too has our understanding of how neurons function. A new study has found evidence that a section of our neurons, called the dendrites, generate up to 10 times more electrical pulse spikes than parts of our brain cells called the soma, which until now were thought to be the main area to produce these electrical signals. Find out more details here.
Calculating the evolution of the human brain
One of the age old questions anthropologists have is just why, exactly, did humans evolve such big brains. The pace at which our brain grows and the cost of maintaining such a large brain has led to many hypotheses from evolutionary biologists. Recently, a study from France has created a mathematical model that lets anthropologists plug in their ideas to predict brain size from childhood to adulthood. Read all about it here
More Brain Training is Better in Parkinson's Patients
A follow-up study by researchers at the University of South Florida demonstrated that Parkinson’s patients who did more training using computerized exercises currently available in BrainHQ
resulted in better outcomes, and that training benefits persisted over the six-month study period. Learn more
Retraining an anorexic brain takes longer than previously thought
Treating patients with anorexia has long included a psychiatric aspect; however, a new study has shown that irregularities remain in the brain longer than most treatment lasts. The researchers focussed on the central reward circuits that control appetite and eating, and the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine. They discovered that repairing this area takes much longer than initially understood, and they are now looking to the biological markers for potentially increasing the success of treatment options. 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, find out your CRASH RISK
now and try an exercise
ATTENTION Ottawa, ON Canada
2017 Winter-Spring Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Class Schedules
Heron Seniors Centre Walking Clubs.
Physical activity is one of the main pillars of a healthy brain and body. Join the Heron Senior Centre's regular, Nordic and Urban pole walkers to boost your health. Call 247-4808x2 for information.
Greenboro Community Centre Thursday Social Drop-in
The Greenboro Thursday drop-in program offers a wide variety of activities from shuffleboard, ping pong, cards and board games to arts and crafts and beyond. Click here
for more information.
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