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7 principles of neuroscience every coach should know

7 principles of neuroscience every coach should know

Coaching the brain with neuroscience in mind Back in the mid-1990s when I was an undergrad, the core text of my neuroscience curriculum was ‘Principles of Neural Science’ by Eric Kandel, James Schwartz and Thomas Jessell. Kandel won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on memory storage in neurons. A… Continue Reading

These are the 13 neuroscience blogs and podcasts you need to follow in 2016.

These are the 13 neuroscience blogs and podcasts you need to follow in 2016.

Neuroscience is seductive. We have studies proving that the presence of irrelevant neuroscience information makes explanations of psychological phenomena more appealing! And throwing in fMRI pictures further increases that allure. Neuromyths are abound and understandably there are numerous neuroscientists, bloggers and others lining up to sneer and throw rocks at people who believe them or who continue to… 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

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

Would you donate your brain?  Interview with brain bank manager, Dr Claire Shepherd

Would you donate your brain? Interview with brain bank manager, Dr Claire Shepherd

Meet the lovely Dr Claire Shepherd, neuroscientist and Manager of the Sydney Brain Bank. I first met Claire when we were postdocs at NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia,  then the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute). She’s just taken on a new role as first-time Mum and took time out of her new routine to speak… Continue Reading

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