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The emotional teenage brain is developmentally normal.

The emotional teenage brain is developmentally normal.

Most scholars agree on three facts about the teenage brain. Brain structures continue to change between childhood and adulthood. Grey matter volume peaks at puberty then declines throughout adolescence and into the twenties. White matter volume increases throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Girls’ brains mature slightly faster than boys’. This sex difference in brain… Continue Reading

Six Brain-Based Solutions to Beat Stress.

Six Brain-Based Solutions to Beat Stress.

Stress is an inevitable part of life. We feel ‘stressed’ when real or imagined pressures exceed our perceived ability to cope. If things all feel ‘too much’, we experience the sensations of ‘stress’. But feeling stress is not always a bad thing. When stress is short-term and manageable, it motivates and facilitates learning and change.… Continue Reading

Ladies. Good cholesterol is good for your brain.

Ladies. Good cholesterol is good for your brain.

Good Cholesterol Can Positively Impact Women’s Brain Health Statistics bear out the folk wisdom that women live longer than men. However, living longer doesn’t necessarily equate to living better. All too often, dementia robs older women of what could be the happiest time of their lives. And while medical science continues to try to solve… Continue Reading

How festive food can affect your mood.

How festive food can affect your mood.

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? If you’re… Continue Reading

Pregnancy sculpts women’s brains in preparation for motherhood

Pregnancy sculpts women’s brains in preparation for motherhood

Motherhood changes everything Little did I know before I had my boys how completely and utterly being their mother would change EVERYTHING. Having children threw the pieces of my life up in the air. The pieces settled again, but my body, outlook on life, sense of self and emotions have never been quite the same.… Continue Reading

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

We humans tend to forget we’re wildlife, which is possibly why our planet is heading for climate change catastrophe. We’ve lost connection with Planet Earth and she’s fighting back. I have come to believe one symptom of our loss of connection the is loss of mental health and wellbeing. Lifestyle change isn’t simply about preventing or… Continue Reading

Growing resilient children. 10 neuroscience facts all parents and teachers should know.

Growing resilient children. 10 neuroscience facts all parents and teachers should know.

By Mariana Rickmann PhD. What do parents who also happen to be scientists (like me) do when faced with a subject they know nothing about but affects their lives directly? We research! However, I found very little information about early child development that was evidence-based enough to satisfy me, and at the same time simple and… Continue Reading

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