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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

How to teach your kids about their brain.

How to teach your kids about their brain.

  Knowledge is power. So learning about the brain lays strong foundations for emotional intelligence. Wise words from clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Harrington the author of this week’s blog post. When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally… 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

Does meditation stress you out? Here’s what I do instead.

Does meditation stress you out? Here’s what I do instead.

Has mindfulness mediation become the latest bandwagon to jump on? Over the past few years I’ve written about mindfulness and meditation numerous times, both on this blog and elsewhere. I’ve read the research on the ‘neuroscience of meditation‘, and how such practices can ‘change your brain’, improve your health and wellbeing, and train your attention. I’m aware… 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

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