Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: September 20, 2017
Following the recent report from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) on using brain training, watch Dr. Gomez on CBS New York talk about warding off dementia and showing our exercises in action!
Please take your brain health serious, try the Daily Spark or join here if you are not yet a regular trainer.
Degrading brain connections may warn of Alzheimer’s
Kind regards,Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc. is the Canadian partner of Posit Science Corporation providing brain fitness program BrainHQ in English and French.
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Write your stress away
Are you constantly worrying about how you’ll perform stressful tasks? A new study suggests that simply writing expressively about how you feel will help you stop worrying and get on with what you need to do. The act of writing essentially frees up the cognitive resources you’re inadvertently dedicating to your anxiety. Read about how this works here
The plasticity of the teenage brain
The idea that teenagers are out of control because of raging hormones is now an outdated assumption thanks to multiple neurological studies conducted since the 1990s. In fact, it is the plasticity of the teenage brain that is the primary reason for all the changes experienced. The manner in which connections throughout the brain mature and grow during the teen years is why risk-taking and impulsive behaviour are so rampant. Find out more here
Parkinson’s rewires our brains
One of the more common markers of Parkinson’s disease is the impaired movement of sufferers. Researchers have found that it could be the brain’s own defence mechanisms that cause this abnormal movement. Parkinson’s disease affects the dopamine levels in our brains which, in turn, causes the brain to rewire in ways that negatively affect our ability to walk and move. Read more here
Study shows how our brains “map” familiar locations
Knowing your way around might feel like second nature to you, but it isn’t a simple process for your brain. To create a mental “map” a cluster of cells is activated in our brains, and replayed on fast forward while we sleep to develop our own personal GPS. Find out more about this study here
, and if you rely on a GPS in your car while driving, make sure you use it responsibly or you may weaken your brain’s natural GPS network - if it needs a tune up, checkout BrainHQ’s Right Turn exercise here