November 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: November 22, 2016

By now, you have most likely heard about the results from the latest independent study on cancer-related cognitive decline (chemobrain) which used our program, BrainHQ. One important outcome of the study is the ability of cancer survivors to reverse symptoms of cognitive impairment by training at the comfort of their home. However, if you live in Ottawa, Canada, and wish to train in a group setting, please feel free to join one of our Brain Fitness Classes near you.

If you or your organization are interested in offering similar group classes in your city, please contact us at and we will send you more information and supporting materials.

Make sure you don’t miss your own training today either as a member or just a quick workout at The Daily Spark.
If you wish to subscribe, please click 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.

Physical rehabilitation isn’t enough for knee injuries
Anyone who has ever had a knee injury is well aware of just how much effort it takes to recover fully. It turns out that physical rehab is not enough on its own. The brain of a knee injury patient may not recover at the same pace. Training your brain looks to be the missing key to get your body fully fit. Read more about how the brains of people with knee injuries differ from uninjured people, here.

How depression in a mother affects a child
Giving your child every possible benefit is the goal of any new mother. Many will alter their diet, change fitness routines and take beneficial vitamin supplements to ensure a healthy and thriving child. While awareness of depression during pregnancy has increased, it is only now that direct connections have been made between a mother's mental health and the brain development of early childhood. Read more here.

The truth is that brain scans can’t be lied to
We've all seen tense scenes in movies or tv shows where someone is given a Polygraph test to determine their innocence or guilt. While a Polygraph machine measures a few physiological symptoms, an fMRI scan has a much better rate of recording the areas of the brain associated with telling lies. There is simply no way to trick our own brain from knowing whether or not we're lying. Find out how they conducted these tests here.

In This Issue

Physical rehabilitation isn’t enough for knee injuries
How depression in a mother affects a child
The truth is that brain scans can’t be lied to
A pacemaker for your brain
Recipe of the month
Tracking chronic pain to your brain
Why working memory can be increased
Healthy environments mean healthy brains in children
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

A pacemaker for your brain
What used to seem like the distant future of science fiction now appears to be the cutting edge of neuroscience. Brain implants are now breaking unbelievable new ground in helping neurological conditions such as paralyzed patients walk again and ALS patients speak again. Learn more about these amazing developments here and here.

Recipe of the Month: Oatmeal Blackcurrant Pancakes
A study from New Zealand had found that blackcurrants may improve mental performance and boost mood. The study was small but the results were statistically significant. Try it here.

Tracking chronic pain to your brain
Our brain’s natural plasticity is a wonderful feature that can be harnessed to great benefits as we age. This ability for our neurons to learn behaviours can occasionally have less positive effects too, such as our brain strengthening pain pathways after an injury. Scientists have tracked pain disorders such as chronic pain to specific non-neural support cells in our brain. Read about their research here.

Why working memory can be increased
Our working memory, which declines as we age, manipulates information it receives from sensory organs and is often thought of as the brain’s “scratch pad” that keeps information – a name, a phone number, or whatever else – available just long enough to be used. A recent study shows that one component of working memory is tied to the amount of a brain chemical called GABA. Read more here. You can also learn about Syllable Stacks, a BrainHQ exercise that is designed to sharpen working memory.

Healthy environments mean healthy brains in children
Young brains that are growing and forming connections are influenced directly by the environment that surrounds them. During preschool years, it isn’t just specific behavioural patterns that are learned by children but how their brains actually grown and form. Learn more about what factors affect brain growth and just what the potential treatments this research opens up, 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 find out your CRASH RISK now - it's FREE.

ATTENTION Ottawa, ON Canada
2016/2017 Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Class Schedules

Greenboro Community Centre Older Adult Social Drop-in
Thursdays 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Program includes a light lunch and speaker once a month, and social activities in other weeks.
363 Lorry Greenberg Dr., Ottawa (613-580-2805)

Blogs and More Interesting Articles
Scientists Have Figured Out How To ‘Fingerprint’ Your Brain
Some With Alzheimer's Brain Plaques Stay Sharp
Special brain activities while mother and autism spectrum disorder child gaze each other
'Princess Leia' brainwaves help sleeping brain store memories
Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's-like disease in mice
New insights into cause of phantom limb pain may have therapeutic benefits
Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry
Halo Neuroscience makes its brain-juicing athletic headphones available to all
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
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