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How to go with the flow.

How to go with the flow.

  White water kayakers and musicians experience it. So do video-gamers, rock climbers, and experienced meditators. If you’ve ever lost complete track of time or your sense of self when you’re engrossed in a satisfying task, chances are you’ve experienced it too. The optimal state of consciousness in which you perform and feel your best… 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

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

Deep sleep strengthens long-term immune system memory

Deep sleep strengthens long-term immune system memory

Sleep. That under-appreciated and under-consumed daily nightly activity that takes up nearly one third of our lives has a new-found role: Sleep strengthens our immunological memory of previously encountered viruses and bacteria Turns out that my Mum was right after all. Lack of sleep could make you sick! Neuroscience figured out last century that that sleep supports the… Continue Reading

Nurture your mind and it will nurture your body.

Nurture your mind and it will nurture your body.

Today’s blog post ‘The Body Whisper’ comes from the wise and super smart Xian Hu, a.k.a. Mandy, who studied Neurobiology at the University of Amsterdam and majored in Science Communication. Who she is? A writer, a traveller and a dreamer. She is still searching for her voice in science writing, but to get an idea of her… Continue Reading

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