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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

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

  The trillions of microbes that inhabit your body are collectively called the microbiome. They outnumber your own cells ten to one and weigh up to twice weight of the average human brain. Most of them live in your gut and intestines, where they help to digest food, synthesise vitamins and ward off infection. The microbiome… Continue Reading

Three evidence-based daily habits for wellbeing and happiness

Three evidence-based daily habits for wellbeing and happiness

This week I spoke with Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder along with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of the Wholebeing Institute. Megan is here in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive Psychology (CiPP). Which by the… Continue Reading

Did Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity training change my skeptical mind?

Did Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity training change my skeptical mind?

That’s me and Rick Hanson PhD, a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author of the books Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence  and Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom. Rick was in Sydney recently teaching his Positive Neuroplasticity Training… Continue Reading

Antidepressants may be no better than a placebo, so why take them?

Antidepressants may be no better than a placebo, so why take them?

The placebo effect, the power of belief, and the mind-body relationship is fascinating. In fact, a desire to understand the mind-body connection was one of the reasons I originally studied neuroscience. This is a huge topic (hello mind-body medicine) so thought I’d start off by sharing this article from Monash University researcher Paul Biegler who presents the ethical dilemma …… Continue Reading

Does CBT teach your prefrontal cortex to keep emotions in check?

Does CBT teach your prefrontal cortex to keep emotions in check?

In an open-access edition of Nature magazine this week (‘The Great Depression’) science journalist Emily Anthes took a look at the current state of research into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Depression: a change of mind. Here are a few of the highlights: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) lifts depression CBT aims to help people to identify and change negative,… Continue Reading

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