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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

How to teach your kids about their brain.

How to teach your kids about their brain.

  Knowledge is power. So learning about the brain lays strong foundations for emotional intelligence. Wise words from clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Harrington the author of this week’s blog post. When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally… Continue Reading

7 tips to cultivate your creative brain.

7 tips to cultivate your creative brain.

The human capacity for creative thought and innovation has enabled humans just like you and me to survive and prosper. Creativity has allowed us to adapt flexibly to changing circumstances, to produce artworks that move us to tears, to manage complex social relationships, to build civilisations (and build Facebook!). A few months back over at Active Memory, I… Continue Reading

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Thanks to Dr Amy Reichelt for this tasty article!  Amy’s research focuses on addictive memories, reward, motivation and behavioural control. She’s particularly interested in how diet impacts on behaviour and the formation of memories, and how our environments change how we react and learn about certain events. Read more of her work in The Conversation.  Does eating chocolate improve your brain… Continue Reading

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander This post was written by cognitive neuroscientist Dr Muireann Irish of Neuroscience Research Australia. We are usually told that daydreaming is a waste of time and mental power, but the ability to daydream offers us tremendous flexibility in our daily lives. The frequency with which we daydream suggests it… Continue Reading

How to break bad habits using neuroscience

How to break bad habits using neuroscience

Your brain is fundamentally lazy. When it can, it wires thoughts, emotions, or behaviors into circuits deep below the surface where they become automated. Automated thoughts, feelings or behaviours ARE habits. And habits allow your brain to work on autopilot. During the course of a day, hundreds of habits—automated chunks of thought, emotion, or behavior—come online… Continue Reading

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