October 2019 - 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, 2019

Since publishing our September newsletter, we have received a significant number of inquiries about our web-based Driving Cognitive Training course. There are over 20 published studies related to aging and driving that have demonstrated that a “smaller field of view,” “slower reflexes,” and a “reduced ability to filter distractions” as the top elements causing automobile accidents for older adults.

Among other things, these studies have shown that, after training for 10 hours on specific exercises in BrainHQ, drivers on average:

  • make 38% fewer dangerous driving maneuvers;
  • can stop 22 feet sooner when driving 88 kilometers per hour (55 miles per hour);
  • feel more confident driving in difficult conditions (such as at night, in bad weather, or in new places);
  • cut their at-fault crash risk by 48%; and
  • keep their license later in life.

I hope that you will take this modest step and improve your cognitive skills, which may save your life and the life of your loved ones and many others. To attend this 6-week course, you will connect for 90 minutes per week on the web and train on your own during the week. There are other options available to complete the course without attending a class. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

For research studies, course schedules and FAQs, please visit the following links:


For questions or if you need further information, please send us an email.
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.

Hit the brakes
Imagine if you could hit the brakes on Alzheimer’s, and maybe even put it into reverse. New research suggests that a protein called TOM-1 could hold the key to inflammation in those with Alzheimer’s. Scientists discovered that when they reduced the amount of the protein in rodent models, the inflammation increased and cognitive problems were exacerbated. When they restored TOM-1 levels, these effects were reversed. More research is needed, but this could hold the key to stopping Alzheimer’s in its tracks. Learn more here.

Don’t let age catch up with you
It is often nice to go on a leisurely stroll, taking in things around us, but doctors often use gait speed to assess overall health in older people. Interestingly, researchers have found that even slower walkers in their 40s tend to show signs of “accelerated aging” in their lungs, teeth, immune system, and brain. In this long-term study, researchers found that the data collected from children could accurately predict walking speed, and hence brain and body health, later in life. These findings could be used to help people address possible future health concerns at an early age. Find out more here.


In This Issue

Hit the brakes
Don’t let age catch up with you
Making memories
More than just beauty sleep
Chronic pain
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

Making memories
We all sometimes daydream and reflect on old memories of times gone by. Now, new research from the UK has looked into how the different parts of our brain interact to create and retrieve episodic memory. Read about this research here, and find out more about the different types of memory from DynamicBrain’s handy summary here

More than just beauty sleep
We all know how important sleep is for letting our brain rest and for sharpening our thinking. Until recently, it was unclear how exactly neurons and synapses interact to revitalize the brain during sleep. New research shows that “cellular timekeepers” that are linked to sleep behaviours, such as feeling drowsy, govern the protein production at the site of synapses that is vital to refreshing the brain during sleep. This important mechanism gets put off when you put off sleep, so make sure to get your forty winks! Read more here.

Chronic pain
Unfortunately, chronic pain affects over 20% of American and Canadian adults, but the underlying cause of the pain is often left a mystery. Scientists may now have an answer as to why chronic pain doesn’t stop—a protein called RGS4. By removing the protein in mice, researchers found that mice recovered from nerve injury symptoms. More research on RGS4 is needed, but you can read more about the interesting 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 here. Looking for a Driving Cognitive Training class? Click here.

News, More Interesting Articles and Blogs
Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes 2019, Group, In-Person, Ottawa
Brain Fitness and Cognitive Training Classes 2019, Group, Facilitated, Web-Based
Driving Cognitive Training Classes 2019, Group, Facilitated, Web-Based
Study pinpoints Alzheimer's plaque emergence early and deep in the brain
Pesticide linked to brain damage in children banned in California
Why the language-ready brain is so complex
Key to learning and forgetting identified in sleeping brain
Microbleeds may worsen outcome after head injury
Brain tunes itself to criticality, maximizing information processing
Brain Scans May Provide Clues to Suicide Risk
New brain imaging study debunks controversial theory about dyslexia
Exploring the brain in a new way: Researcher records neurons to understand cognition
New 'rogue waves' test pinpoints epilepsy seizure brain zones
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
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