October 2018 - 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 22, 2018

In the event that you haven't yet heard about our exciting news, BrainHQ is being made available by 24 States in the US Medicare Advantage plans in 2019! Now that the US health care system leads by acknowledging the benefits of this uniquely designed and scientifically validated brain training program, we look forward to the Canadian health care system, as well as, the health insurance companies to follow and step up in offering BrainHQ across Canada. This will not only significantly reduce the financial burden to our health care system and save billions of dollars for insurance companies, it will also increase the quality of life for every single Canadian. As such, we would kindly ask for your support in spreading the good word. And lastly, please don't forget your brain workout today at the 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.

Opposing forces in the brain work together to improve memory formation
For a while, neuroscientists were trying to make sense of how the two types of plasticity, Hebbian and HSP (homeostatic synaptic plasticity), one inciting synapses to get stronger and the other weakening them, work together. Now a new research has shown that one in fact facilitates the other and thus influences memory formation and learning. See study here.

Two new illusions: How to trick the brain into seeing things that aren't there!
As much as we rely on our brains for accurately processing and interpreting our perceived forms of reality it can under certain circumstances be readily fooled into deception. Researchers from Caltech have developed new illusions that reveal how the senses can influence each other. Learn more here

Changes to short-term beliefs correlated with dopamine function
Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI’s) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET scans) to measure brain activity, researchers recorded increased activity in two primary brain areas of the dopamine system when volunteer subjects updated their world beliefs. Study findings serve to improve our understanding of how dopamine impacts psychotic symptoms like delusions in disorders such as schizophrenia. Learn more here.

Thalamus controls brain development
To be functional as a dreaming, seeing, and thinking entity the brain needs to achieve two milestones: continuity, which means that the brain is always active, and state dependence, meaning brain activity is modulated by sleep, waking, and attention. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers suggest that the thalamus is the actual control centre for this development as it shows promise in helping improve the diagnosis and treatment of infants with critical health conditions. Read more here


In This Issue

Opposing forces in the brain work together to improve memory formation
Two new illusions: How to trick the brain into seeing things that aren't there!
Changes to short-term beliefs correlated with dopamine function
Thalamus controls brain development
Oversleeping not good either!
Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Blogs and Resources




Category-based published studies

Studies on clinical conditions for researchers

2016 Alzheimer’s Conference announcement

ACTIVE Study Published - Brain Training and Dementia

Healthy Aging

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive Impairment due to Heart Failure

Fall Risk and Mobility

The IMPACT Study

The ACTIVE Study

The IHAMS Study

Oversleeping not good either!
It has long been widely acknowledged that sleep deprivation has a negative impact on our memory recall, as well as, our thinking and concentration abilities. Surprisingly enough though, a long term study with data collected from more than 40,000 participants shows no significant impact to short term memory. And yet, perhaps even more surprisingly, researchers found that those who slept more than 7 to 8 hours every night were similarly impaired compared to those who slept too little. See study 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 try an exercise.

News, More Interesting Articles and Blogs
Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes 2018, Ottawa
Scientists create new map of brain region linked to Alzheimer's disease
Abnormal vision in childhood can affect brain functions
Out like a light: Researchers ID brain's 'sleep switch'
Human brain cell transplant opens new avenues to understand neurological conditions
Newly discovered long noncoding RNA plays critical role in brain growth and signaling
Both Sides of the Brain Are Active During One-Sided Arm Movement
Growth of early brain circuits may help predict child's intelligence and emotional health
Creating custom brains from the ground up
Brain Vital Sign monitoring moves closer to reality with recent breakthrough findings in the Journal of Translational Medicine
Oscillations provide insights into the brain's navigation system
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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