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How to go with the flow.

How to go with the flow.

  White water kayakers and musicians experience it. So do video-gamers, rock climbers, and experienced meditators. If you’ve ever lost complete track of time or your sense of self when you’re engrossed in a satisfying task, chances are you’ve experienced it too. The optimal state of consciousness in which you perform and feel your best… Continue Reading

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

    Imagine this: thinking about exercise strengthens your muscles, even if you don’t move an inch. Mental imagery not only activates the same brain regions as the actual movement but also can speed up the learning of a new skill. Mental imagery and sports performance Mental imagery, mental practice, or visualisation is a technique… Continue Reading

Is brain fog during menopause real?

Is brain fog during menopause real?

  Women going through menopause often report memory problems or ‘brain fog’, alongside other symptoms. In this blog I take a look at the role of fluctuating hormones and their impact on the brain, and the cognitive changes that occur during this phase of life. Menopause, symptoms and causes Menopause marks the end of a woman’s… Continue Reading

The simple strategy to achieve your 2017 goals

The simple strategy to achieve your 2017 goals

Work harder? Why do some people fail to achieve their goals, even when they start with the very best of intentions? Are they poorly disciplined? Are they lacking in willpower or motivation? Here I look why the best-laid plans go awry, and a simple evidence-based strategy that will help you achieve your goals for 2017.… Continue Reading

How does the brain process emotions?

How does the brain process emotions?

The emotion centre is the oldest part of the human brain: why is mood so important? Genevieve Rayner, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health   “Somebody woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning.” You know that comment; the one that rarely makes you feel any more gracious towards the world (or… Continue Reading

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