We tend to assume our thoughts and feelings are controlled almost exclusively by our brains. But peripheral systems, such as our hormonal and immune systems also influence how we think, feel and behave. Communication between the brain and rest of the body goes both ways. Psychological stress and stress hormones alter the status of the immune system. In turn, an agitated immune … [Read more...] about Brain-immune cross-talk may build resilience against stress.
Excerpt of article by neuroscientist Dr Liv Hibbitt – for Your Brain Health. Read the whole article click here Dopamine: a rewarding molecule Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters allow neurons to communicate and are signalling molecules released at synapses by spikes of electrical activity. When dopamine is released it diffuses across the synapse and … [Read more...] about Dopamine: the cause of digital addiction?
This article was originally published in the new retired ABC Active Memory blog. Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age. Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because … [Read more...] about Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?
A new study from the University of Exeter Medical School has linked daily crossword puzzles with improved cognitive performance. Researchers found that cognitive performance was consistently better in people who did crossword puzzles more frequently. In some cases, factors like reasoning speed and short-term memory accuracy showed a brain age reduction of around 10 years … [Read more...] about Can crossword puzzles really make you smarter?
Two early-morning long blacks. A lunchtime flat white (especially if I’m near a cafe). And sometimes a sneaky pick-me-up afternoon espresso. Time to come clean: that’s a typical day for me. I guess to many of you that might seem like WAY too much caffeine. But I’m not too concerned because neuroscience shows that coffee has neuroprotective effects. Neuroscience and … [Read more...] about The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health