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Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Thanks to Dr Amy Reichelt for this tasty article!  Amy’s research focuses on addictive memories, reward, motivation and behavioural control. She’s particularly interested in how diet impacts on behaviour and the formation of memories, and how our environments change how we react and learn about certain events. Read more of her work in The Conversation.  Does eating chocolate improve your brain… Continue Reading

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

  The trillions of microbes that inhabit your body are collectively called the microbiome. They outnumber your own cells ten to one and weigh up to twice weight of the average human brain. Most of them live in your gut and intestines, where they help to digest food, synthesise vitamins and ward off infection. The microbiome… Continue Reading

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

Two early-morning long blacks. A lunchtime flat white (especially if I’m near a cafe). And sometimes a sneaky pick-me-up afternoon espresso. Time to come clean: that’s a typical day for me. I guess to many of you that might seem like WAY too much caffeine.  But I’m not too concerned because neuroscience shows that coffee has neuroprotective effects. Neuroscience… Continue Reading

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

  Late last year in my Meet the Neuroscientists interview series, I spoke to Charlene Levitan who studies centenarians for the Sydney Centenarian Study.  Her research has revealed that only about 30% of longevity is determined by our genes. As Dr Levitan pointed out: We can’t choose our parents, but we can choose our lifestyle.… Continue Reading

Uncovering the secrets to successful ageing with Dr Charlene Levitan

Uncovering the secrets to successful ageing with Dr Charlene Levitan

Dr Charlene Levitan from the University of New South Wales heads the Sydney Centenarian Study. She studies that exceptional group of people in our community who live to be 100 years or older. Dr Levitan’s work hopes to uncover the genetic and environmental determinants to successful ageing. I spoke to Dr Levitan about her passions, whether… Continue Reading

Is your brain safe from sugar?

Is your brain safe from sugar?

Did you quit sugar yet? I haven’t… I try to limit refined, processed junk, and follow a Mediterranean diet, but sadly, I’m quite partial to a piece of chocolate with my afternoon post-nap coffee. Quitting sugar, or at the very least, paying attention to regulating your blood glucose levels and reducing your risk diabetes is a… Continue Reading

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