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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

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

  This is the second post in a series exploring the neurobiology of the gut-brain connection published in partnership with neuroscientist Dr Amy Reichelt. Our intestines are home to an ecosystem of trillions of microbes including bacteria, viruses, phages, fungi, protists, and nematodes. Dominant are bacteria from the families Firmicutes and Bacteriodetes. As I talked about in… Continue Reading

The Women’s Brain Book / Demystifying the Female Brain

The Women’s Brain Book / Demystifying the Female Brain

  I’ve written a book! Just one book. It may appear that I’ve written two, but, we’re publishing the same book under two different titles in Australia and the UK. In Australia and New Zealand, the book will be published by Hachette Australia under the title The Women’s Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones… Continue Reading

Is brain fog during menopause real?

Is brain fog during menopause real?

  Women going through menopause often report memory problems or ‘brain fog’, alongside other symptoms. In this blog I take a look at the role of fluctuating hormones and their impact on the brain, and the cognitive changes that occur during this phase of life. Menopause, symptoms and causes Menopause marks the end of a woman’s… 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

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