May 2017 - Discover and learn about brain functions, along with the latest news on brain plasticity and research!
Is this email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.
Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: May 18, 2017

I am a strong advocate for health benefits of tai-chi and have been training in the past many years at the International Charitable Organization, Taoist Tai Chi.
I always believed that Tai Chi and our cognitive training program, BrainHQ, go hand-in-hand to generate a higher physical and cognitive benefits.

I would like to invite you to read the results from a literature review and recent clinical trials that have shown there is abundant evidence on the health and fitness effects of tai-chi.

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.

Gut bacteria connected to a brain defect
We are all familiar with colloquial stories about how accidents lead to major scientific discoveries such as Newton’s apple falling from the tree or Alexander Fleming leaving out a cheese sandwich to discover the penicillin mold. Another coincidence like this happened when a group of researchers moved into a new lab only to discover that the mice in their experiments were exposed to significantly less amounts of a specific bacteria. They noticed a connection between the amount of this gut bacteria present in the mice and the brain defect they were studying. Learn more about their study and how our brains can be affected by bacteria in our gut, here.

Your brain predicts where conversations will go next
Long before “autofill” began populating our text messages with incorrect words, our brains have been predicting words in conversation. And, much like text messages, if you are not paying attention your brain will just fill in a word it believes will come next based on prior experience. This vast database of experience with spoken language is, scientists believe, a major contributing factor to the evolution of human language. To learn more about how our brains process speech, click here.

New Study - BrainHQ shown to improve cognitive measures in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Up to 70% of patients living with MS report cognitive issues. A group of researchers at NYU ran a 135-person study to see if remote administration of brain training could benefit patients. They selected our BrainHQ exercises because of its emphasis on speed of processing—a signature deficit in MS patients. To learn more about the study, read the press release or the FAQ.

In This Issue

Gut bacteria connected to a brain defect
Your brain predicts where conversations will go next
BrainHQ shown to improve cognitive measures in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Being engaged helps us sync up
Rigid thinking linked to damage in our brain
Pregnant women have structurally different brains
Tightly knit or more sparse social network?
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

Being engaged helps us sync up
Have you ever been in a group learning situation and come out of it feeling everyone was on the same wavelength? It appears that’s likely true and not just a figure of speech. Neuroscientists have found that when students are all engaged in a class, their brain waves begin to synchronize, unlike dull classes where each mind will wander off on its own. Read about how this is possible and whether this research may lead to new approaches to teaching here.

Rigid thinking linked to damage in our brain
The ability to change our point of view is something most of us would consider a fundamentally human trait. Being able to see things from different sides is what helps us survive as social beings as it is the root of compassion and understanding. Research has shown that this ability, called “cognitive flexibility” is controlled in a specific part of our prefrontal cortex and that damage to this location makes us much more rigid and inflexible in our beliefs making someone more resistant to new or challenging ideas. Read more about this research and the connections they’ve found to religious fundamentalism here.

Pregnant women have structurally different brains
The physical changes a pregnant woman experiences are fairly obvious, but did you know their brains physically change as well? You’ve likely heard about “baby brain” from a new mother experiencing the massive life changes involved in having a new child. This newly observed “pregnancy brain” is a structural change to the grey matter in areas of the brain that may fine tune the emotional centres of the brain that correspond to bonding. Learn all about it here.

Tightly knit or more sparse social network?
How our brain network functions appears to be affected by how our social networks are organized. Whether or not you have a tightly knit social group where your friends and acquaintances tend to all know one another has a direct impact on how your brain processes social exclusion. Researchers found that the more dynamic brain connections during social exclusion were in brains from participants with a more sparse social network. Find out how our social network can train our brains to navigate social interactions 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
Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes Fall 2017, Ottawa
Diabetes Tied to Brain Abnormalities
The formation of folds on the surface of the brain
New type of cell that clears waste from the brain discovered
In brain evolution, size matters—most of the time
Project to map human brain from womb to birth releases stunning images
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
BrainHQ in English:
BrainHQ in French:
SUBSCRIBE: Get the latest newsletters emailed directly to your inbox.

Newsletter Archives
Copyright © 2012 DynamicBrain Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
99-1500 Bank Street, Suite 310, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 1B8

Sent to *|EMAIL|* — why did I get this?
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences