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The emerging field of psychobiotics (Part 3)

The emerging field of psychobiotics (Part 3)

  Today in Part 3 of our series on the gut-brain axis, Drs Amy Reichelt and Sarah McKay discuss mind-altering microbes and the emerging field of psychobiotics. The gut microbiome is a key node in the gut-brain axis. Scientists are only just uncovering how microbes in the gut influence physical, brain and even mental health. In 2004, a pivotal… Continue Reading

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

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