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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

7 principles of neuroscience every coach should know

7 principles of neuroscience every coach should know

Coaching the brain with neuroscience in mind Back in the mid-1990s when I was an undergrad, the core text of my neuroscience curriculum was ‘Principles of Neural Science’ by Eric Kandel, James Schwartz and Thomas Jessell. Kandel won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on memory storage in neurons. A… Continue Reading

Seven common-sense building blocks for your child’s brain.

Seven common-sense building blocks for your child’s brain.

This is an excerpt from The Women’s Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness. Also published in the UK and Ireland as Demystifying the Female Brain. A neuroscientist explores health, hormones and happiness.    All children differ in their biological susceptibility to life experiences in a ‘for better and for worse’ manner. Some kids… 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

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

REFIRE: 6 steps to rewire your brain (and master anything).

REFIRE: 6 steps to rewire your brain (and master anything).

You can teach an old brain new tricks. But it takes more than simply waving a magic neuroplasticity wand and saying “Rewire my brain!” Brain plasticity encompasses a number neurobiological mechanisms by which our human brains and minds learn, change, and master new skills. The capacity for brain plasticity varies across the lifespan. During infancy… 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

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