April 20, 2019

Hello Friend,

One of our favorite things to do is to talk to people who are using BrainHQ. We enjoy hearing how and why they are using the program, what they think of it, and whether it has been helpful to them.

Recently, we had a great opportunity to talk to a few U.S. military veterans about their BrainHQ experience. Melissa, Reggie, and John all generously shared their stories. I invite you to read them—and see how BrainHQ has affected each one.

Read Melissa’s story | Read Reggie’s story | Read John’s story

Best regards,

Jeff Zimman
Posit Science

It’s Not “Just” Alzheimer’s
For years, researchers have been seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s. In doing so, much of their effort have been focused on the hallmark plaques and tangles that plague the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. But it turns out that dementia doesn’t usually reflect just one type of brain abnormality—which changes how researchers are thinking about prevention and treatment.

A Little Exercise Can Do a Lot
For many people, the typical guideline of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week can feel overwhelming. While that much exercise may be a great goal, a new imaging study shows that when it comes to the brain, almost any amount of exercise is helpful. The study shows that people who do as little as an hour of light exercise per week have more robust brains than people who don’t.

Car Sickness Comes from the Brain’s Misunderstanding
Why do so many of us get that awful feeling of nausea when we’re in a car, boat, or other moving vehicle? It turns out the brain interprets the mixed messages of staying still (sitting a car) while also being in motion (as the car moves) as the body being poisoned. So it takes the obvious step: trying to rid the body of the culprit.

A Neural Circuit for Overeating? 
A team of scientists at the University of North Carolina have discovered a brain circuit that may explain why some people overeat. The circuit seems to override the “I’m full” signal so that they continue to eat—especially when eating calorie-rich foods. The researchers think this circuit may have been useful in human history, when it was important to store fat to survive lean times.

Ridding the Brain of Bad Memories
If you could delete a bad memory, would you choose to do so? In a recent study, scientists showed that giving people an anesthetic under certain laboratory-created circumstances can prevent a memory from taking hold. Will this finding be useful in the real world?

Book of the Month
Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement (2019)
Rich Karlgaard
Author Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbesmagazine. But he didn’t get there because he was a young genius who sailed through school and went straight to success. Instead, Karlgaard was one of the “late bloomers” that are the subject of his book. Arguing that it can be a terrible disservice to kids and young adults to obsess over early achievement, Karlgaard focuses on the many of us that only reach our potential later in life—in part because our brains don’t fully mature until well into our 20s. Blooming “late”—finding success on your own schedule—is simply a different path, one that brings its own benefits of resilience and wisdom.   Learn more or buy on Amazon.