This is your brain on knitting

    I’m super excited to share this new art-science initiative that I’ve helped get up and running here in Sydney. One of the BEST things to come out of writing this blog has been the...

The neuroscience of the gut-brain connection (Part 1)

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli, grown in culture (CC BY 2.0)   This is the first post in a series exploring the neurobiology of the gut-brain connection published in partnership with neuroscientist Dr Amy...

The emerging field of psychobiotics (Part 3)

  Today in Part 3 of our series on the gut-brain axis, Drs Amy Reichelt and Sarah McKay discuss mind-altering microbes and the emerging field of psychobiotics. The gut microbiome is a key node in the gut-brain axis. Scientists...

Are music lessons the key to smarter kids?

  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...

Why facing death makes us want to live

This weeks fabulous and thought-provoking guest blog post comes from Mandy Hu (aka Xian Hu) who studied Neurobiology at the University of Amsterdam and majored in Science Communication. Who she is? A writer, a traveller and a...

Dopamine: the cause of digital addiction?

  Dopamine is the most popular of neurotransmitters. Forget about the unsung heroes of neurotransmission glutamate and GABA (ever heard of them?), dopamine is the one most people have heard of. It’s the current click-bait of popular...

The Most Popular Best Brain Posts of 2017

These are the most popular posts of the past year. May you and your brain make it a great year! The Neuroscience of Changing Your Behavior Your life literally shapes your brain. The more often you perform an...

tDCS coming to an Equinox gym near you: Good, Bad or Depends?

___ Brain-Zapping Workout Tech Is Coming to an Equinox Near You (Gizmodo): “Athletes are generally willing to entertain any scientific-sounding trend that promises an edge. For reference: Michael Phelps and cupping or Shaquille O’Neal’s energy-enhancing bracelets. Which is...

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

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...

Is your brain safe from sugar?

Did you quit sugar yet? I haven’t… I try to limit refined, processed junk, and follow a Mediterranean diet, but sadly, I’m quite partial to a piece of chocolate with my afternoon post-nap coffee. Quitting sugar, or at...

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