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Your life’s purpose. Why finding your passion is essential to maintaining brain health.

Your life’s purpose. Why finding your passion is essential to maintaining brain health.

’ I’ve been writing this brain health blog since 2013, and it has changed my life and my career in extraordinary ways. My original purpose for this blog has been to provide impeccably-researched evidence-based stories that are told in a simple, fun and compelling way. And it has certainly taken me on an extraordinary journey.… Continue Reading

Can we predict who will reach 100? (Part 3 of Your Brain at 100)

Can we predict who will reach 100? (Part 3 of Your Brain at 100)

Can we predict who will receive a telegram from the Queen? Are centenarians grown-up versions of the exceptionally resilient ‘dandelion children’ I’ve described in previous articles? Is longevity simply a case of good genes? Can we predict which child will live till 100? When writing my book, I put these questions to Professor Richie Poulton,… Continue Reading

Six Brain-Based Solutions to Beat Stress.

Six Brain-Based Solutions to Beat Stress.

Stress is an inevitable part of life. We feel ‘stressed’ when real or imagined pressures exceed our perceived ability to cope. If things all feel ‘too much’, we experience the sensations of ‘stress’. But feeling stress is not always a bad thing. When stress is short-term and manageable, it motivates and facilitates learning and change.… Continue Reading

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

We humans tend to forget we’re wildlife, which is possibly why our planet is heading for climate change catastrophe. We’ve lost connection with Planet Earth and she’s fighting back. I have come to believe one symptom of our loss of connection the is loss of mental health and wellbeing. Lifestyle change isn’t simply about preventing or… Continue Reading

Growing resilient children. 10 neuroscience facts all parents and teachers should know.

Growing resilient children. 10 neuroscience facts all parents and teachers should know.

By Mariana Rickmann PhD. What do parents who also happen to be scientists (like me) do when faced with a subject they know nothing about but affects their lives directly? We research! However, I found very little information about early child development that was evidence-based enough to satisfy me, and at the same time simple and… 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

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