In case you missed that time I did a TEDx talk on this very topic earlier this year. Click here to watch ‘Indulge Your Neurobiology’. This news just came through my feed and consolidates (consolidates, get it!? #badneurojoke) what I said: research suggests that receiving rewards as you learn can help cement new facts and skills in your memory, particularly when combined with … [Read more...] about A nap to recap. How daytime sleep improves recall.
Brain health is taking a dip to the bottom lately. The WHO reports that at least 1 in 4 people become a victim of a psychiatric issue once in his lifetime. Presently, there are around 450 million individuals worldwide with a mental illness. It is only natural to follow the adage that commands, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is crucial to take good care … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Boost Brain Health and Creativity
Dr Sarah McKay gives 7 tips to cultivate your creative brain. The human capacity for creative thought and innovation has enabled humans just like you and me to survive and prosper. Creativity has allowed us to adapt flexibly to changing circumstances, to produce artworks that move us to tears, to manage complex social relationships, to build civilisations (and build … [Read more...] about 7 tips to cultivate your creative brain.
Meet the lovely Dr Claire Shepherd, neuroscientist and Manager of the Sydney Brain Bank. I first met Claire when we were postdocs at NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia, then the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute). She’s just taken on a new role as first-time Mum and took time out of her new routine to speak to me about the process of brain donation. The … [Read more...] about Would you donate your brain? Interview with brain bank manager, Dr Claire Shepherd
Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister, turned to me on a beach in August last year and said “Are you running hard or soft?” We happened to be crossing the starting line at the same time in a fun run along Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I spent the next 13 km trying to come up with a more witty and erudite response than, “Ummmm, I dunno?”. Mr Abbott, obviously spurred on … [Read more...] about What the Obamas, Tony Abbott and Richard Branson teach us about brain health