Last year I flew home to New Zealand for an old friend’s 40th birthday (life is too short not to celebrate, right?). At Sydney airport I picked up Norman Doidge’s latest book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.‘ I’m reading it with my usual healthy dose of scepticism, and despite raising my eyebrows a fairly … [Read more...] about What actually IS neuroplasticity?
Dr Sarah McKay
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End of year festivities are now in full swing with our focus on friends, family and food. In this blog I look at how diet can affect your mental health, and share some healthy eating tips to get you through the silly season without the mood swings and guilt. Does diet affect mental health? We all have anecdotal evidence to support the notion that how you feel can … [Read more...] about How festive food can affect your mood.
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?