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

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

  All children differ in their biological susceptibility to life experiences in a ‘for better and for worse’ manner. Some kids are particularly sensitive to both highly stressful and highly nurturing environments. Like orchids, such children bloom if lovingly cultivated, but wilt and wither if neglected. In contrast, adaptable resilient children who don’t get easily… Continue Reading

The neuroscience of the gut-brain connection (Part 1)

The neuroscience of the gut-brain connection (Part 1)

  This is the first post in a series exploring the neurobiology of the gut-brain connection published in partnership with neuroscientist Dr Amy Reichelt. Our brain and gut are intrinsically connected. We have ‘gut feelings’ about a person or event, and feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach when something exciting happens. Neuroscientists have become increasingly aware… Continue Reading

Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?

Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?

  Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age.   Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because mentally stimulating activities help build cognitive reserve. Cognitive… Continue Reading

Does MEND reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

Does MEND reverse Alzheimer’s disease?

    In June 2016 a team from the Buck Institute of Ageing published the results of a small case series that used a technique called Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND) to treat people with various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the authors of the study, the results are ‘unprecedented‘. But is this description… 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

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