September 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: September 16, 2016

In Eastern Ontario in Canada, we are looking forward to Fall Rhapsody where we celebrate the nature's magnificent display of colours while walking in the woods. Make sure, wherever you are, you too exercise and nurture your body and mind!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read about the Alzheimer’s International Conference big announcement or would like to try our ‘Double Decision’ exercise, please check it out here, or just try the Daily Spark.

As always, please send us an email if you have any questions.

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.

How pollution infects our brain
When most of us think about the negative effects air pollution has on our bodies our list will likely begin and end with respiratory issues. Researchers have recently found that a specific pollutant is also penetrating our brain cells. What is particularly concerning is the link between this specific particulate and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Learn more about their research here.

Our memories are not perfect pictures
We’ve all had moments when we retell a story only for a friend or spouse to interject that we’ve embellished a bit too much. This might be more than just a desire to entertain our friends. Our brain’s are amazing at compiling new information and lumping incomplete details together with related information. So, when we go back to specific memories, we might pull up a combination of facts and improvised details our brain associates with the memory. Read how our memories are formed and why we might have imprecise recall here.

Can increasing zinc intake prevent Autism?
In the quest to understand how Autism develops in young children, scientists have discovered that increasing zinc intake can boost a specific brain communication affected by the disease. Zinc is vital to early childhood development because of the important role it plays in synthesizing DNA and proteins as well as its role in cell multiplication for tissue growth and repair. With findings that appear to reverse a mutated gene, could this research lead to new treatments for Autism or zinc intake guidelines for young children? Find out more here.

In This Issue

How pollution infects our brain
Our memories are not perfect pictures
Can increasing zinc intake prevent Autism?
Specific neurons let us watch and learn from others
Recipe of the month
Sleeping and waking is connected to the brain’s reward center
Scientists train brains to change feelings about faces
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

Specific neurons let us watch and learn from others
If you’ve ever spent time in the company of a two-year-old you likely know how much they will mimic everything you do. Researchers have finally pinpointed the neurons responsible for observational learning in humans. This ability to learn from someone else’s mistakes is a powerful ability that people possess. It allows us to change behaviour as well as feel connected to others. Learn how this research may lead to new treatment options for people with learning disabilities here.

Sleeping and waking is connected to the brain’s reward center
Are you having trouble sleeping? At some point, everyone has had a tough time getting to sleep at night, whether it’s in anticipation of something happening the next day, checking email before bed or you’re on the road and in a new room for the night. Scientists have found that there is a link between our reward-related brain circuitry and our sleep cycle. Find out how controlling this cycle can help you get a more restful sleep here.

Scientists train brains to change feelings about faces
We’ve all heard how a smile can be contagious, and now neuroscientists have found a way to induce feelings in others much like a smile being passed along. Essentially, these scientists trained the region of the brain associated with positive and negative feelings towards a face. Their research shows that by focusing on a specific area of the brain used to control specific parts of our lives we can harness the plastic nature of our brains and train it to work more effectively and efficiently. Read more about their research here.

Recipe of the month: Broccoli Kale Soup
Cruciferous vegetables and dark leafy greens have proven brain health benefits. In a very large study in women in their 60s, researchers found that those who ate more leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables--like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts--showed less decline in memory, attention, and verbal abilities than women who ate less of those foods. Try it 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 Brain Fitness Class Registration in Ottawa, ON Canada
2016 Driving Cognitive Training Class Registration in Ottawa, ON Canada
'Traffic jam' in brain linked to common cognitive disorder
How the brain builds panoramic memory
The brain concentrates on one thing at a time
Penn Research Identifies Brain Network that Controls Spread of Seizures
Long-sought 'warm-sensitive' brain cells identified in new study
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #5 Double Decision
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #4 Visual Sweeps
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #3 Syllable Stacks
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #2 Target Tracker
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors: Exercise #1 Sound Sweeps
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
BrainHQ New User? Try the Daily Spark
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