The placebo effect, the power of belief, and the mind-body relationship is fascinating. In fact, a desire to understand the mind-body connection was one of the reasons I originally studied neuroscience. This is a huge topic (hello mind-body medicine) so thought I’d start off by sharing this article from Monash University researcher Paul Biegler who presents the ethical dilemma … [Read more...] about Antidepressants may be no better than a placebo, so why take them?
Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder of the Wholebeing Institute is in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive Psychology (CiPP). Which by the way looks fabulous … and if I wasn’t so busy building my own … [Read more...] about Three evidence-based daily habits for wellbeing and happiness
My 4 year-old son Jamie started piano lessons last year. This might seem a little young, but the classes are designed to make learning music fun. Jamie’s teachers use an unique multi-sensory approach that engages the different senses: auditory, visual and kinaesthetic (movement). The kids learn the notes as: do, re, mi, fa, so, etc, and each note has a … [Read more...] about Are music lessons the key to smarter kids?
The trillions of microbes that inhabit your body are collectively called the microbiome. They outnumber your own cells ten to one and weigh up to twice weight of the average human brain. Most of them live in your gut and intestines, where they help to digest food, synthesise vitamins and ward off infection. The microbiome has shown that its influence extends far beyond the … [Read more...] about Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”
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?