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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

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

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

Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind

Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind

I’ve been proudly involved with Neural Knitworks since its inception, sharing the latest article out on this fabulous activity that’s being taken up by young and old across Australia. Help us spread the word round the globe and set up your own local knit-in.  by Ian Hickie, University of Sydney and Jackie Randles, University of Sydney… Continue Reading

My TEDx talk ‘Indulge Your Neurobiology’

My TEDx talk ‘Indulge Your Neurobiology’

Here it is: My TEDx Northern Sydney Institute talk ‘Indulge Your Neurobiology‘. In my talk I share my brain hack to improve memory, spark creativity, and regulate emotions. I discovered this life-changing tool when I left the neuroscience research lab behind and starting focussing on brain health and wellbeing in everyday life. You won’t need… Continue Reading

My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.

My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.

As 2014 draws to a close I’ve crunched the numbers and come up with the the top 5 most popular blog posts I’ve written this year. To everyone who has read, commented, shared or liked – THANK-YOU!!! Here are the top 5 most-read posts for 2014 (in descending order, just to keep the suspense!!).  Enjoy, and see… Continue Reading

The myth of the creative-right vs analytical-left brain: debunked

The myth of the creative-right vs analytical-left brain: debunked

I’m a neuroscientist by training. Popular culture would label me ‘logical, detail-oriented and analytical’. But when I was in high school, I considered applying to art school and pursuing career as a painter. Had I followed that path in life, would I be considered ‘creative, thoughtful and free-spirited’? No doubt you’ve heard people say that… Continue Reading

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