October 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: October 19, 2016

Every now and then, I read Dr. Merzenich’s quote and reflect on invaluable change that it brought to my life. Doing physical exercises and Tai-Chi for years, I couldn’t imagine having a brain span that would fall short of my life span; and Dr. Merzenich is right; we do have a proven solution now and it’s a matter of using it or ignoring it.

“We have worked hard in our labs and done our share to help people understand their brain and show them how to prevent unnecessary brain aging or fix it before it’s late; beyond this point it’s their responsibility to take it, or drop it!”

Michael Merzenich, PhD

I have been working tirelessly over the past several years to raise awareness about brain plasticity and fitness so I’m always deeply appreciative of any help from you, even if you simply passing on Dr. Merzenich’s powerful message.

Make sure you don’t miss your own training today either as a member or by visiting the following sources: Double Decision (Dementia study) and Daily Spark.

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.

Managing your menopausal brain
If going through menopause wasn’t already challenging enough, scientists have now confirmed that “brain fog” is real and not something you’re imagining. While the changes in hormone levels can affect memory it can also, generally, be managed without hormone therapy. Regular physical exercise and training with BrainHQ has been shown to improve memory, thinking and the focus that gets muted during menopause. Learn more here.

A pacemaker for your neurons
Nobody is comfortable with the idea of having medical devices controlling their bodies. We’ve seen pacemakers have revolutionized heart therapies, and improved in design to be less intrusive. The same is now beginning to occur with nanomeshes to help treat the neurons of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Having a treatment that mirrors how our neurons mesh within our brain, and can be injected with a needle vastly improves upon current highly invasive treatments. Read more about this nanotechnology here.

The connection between thirst and sleep
Do you get yourself a glass of water as part of your bedtime routine? Scientists have found a connection between our biological clock and thirst in the hours leading up to sleep. They believe this helps prevent dehydration throughout the night. If we could somehow stimulate the area of the brain responsible for this process, we could discover a cure for jet lag and shift work. Find out more here.


In This Issue

Managing your menopausal brain
A pacemaker for your neurons
The connection between thirst and sleep
New theory on the PTSD brain
Recipe of the month
Visual cortex plays role in plasticity of eye movement reflex
Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Blogs and Resources



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

New theory on the PTSD brain
Neuroscientists agree that post-traumatic stress disorder comes from physical processes within the brain. In the continuing research to locate the root of this disruption, a team has proposed a new theory that combines the results of multiple competing theories on what is happening in a brain suffering from PTSD. This team of researchers focussed on how context processing is controlled by our brain and how it malfunctions in a patient with PTSD. Learn more about their theory and context processing here.

Recipe of the month: Spinach & Caramelized Onion Tart
Spinach and other leafy greens like kale and chard are true superfoods—packing in almost 400% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A in just one cup. They are also full of brain-boosting antioxidants. Try it here.

Visual cortex plays role in plasticity of eye movement reflex
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and San Francisco (UCSF) demonstrated that the visual cortex, a region of the brain known to process sensory information, plays a key role in promoting the plasticity of innate, spontaneous eye movements. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Nature. Read about their discovery 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.

Blogs, News and More Interesting Articles
2016/2017 Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Class Schedules in Ottawa, ON Canada
Brain receptor identified as link between obese mothers and children's high blood pressure
The brain process that makes teens misbehave might also help them learn
Device ‘tricks’ brain into thinking broccoli tastes like chocolate
New study finds 'amplifier' helps make connections in the fetal brain
Unprecedented Brain Map Could Reveal Keys to Autism
Researchers find a gap in the brain’s firewall against Parkinson’s disease
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
BrainHQ New User? Try the Daily Spark
BrainHQ in English: www.dynamicbrain.brainhq.com
BrainHQ in French: www.dynamicbrain-fr.brainhq.com
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