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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

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander This post was written by cognitive neuroscientist Dr Muireann Irish of Neuroscience Research Australia. We are usually told that daydreaming is a waste of time and mental power, but the ability to daydream offers us tremendous flexibility in our daily lives. The frequency with which we daydream suggests it… 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

The Brain’s Way of Healing – April Walking Book Club

The Brain’s Way of Healing – April Walking Book Club

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been reading Norman Doidge’s latest book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.‘ Doidge’s first book, The Brain That Change’s Itself, has become one of the most popular science books around describing the phenomenon of neuroplasticity, and was largely responsible… Continue Reading

Brain-immune communication: meet the expert Dr Mark Hutchinson.

Brain-immune communication: meet the expert Dr Mark Hutchinson.

Meet Dr Mark Hutchinson. Mark’s research focus is ‘the other brain’ and immune-to-brain and brain-to-immune communication. Mark is an Australian Research Council Research Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide where he has recently been appointed to Associate Professor.  Mark started his undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide in 1996 and graduated with… Continue Reading

Neuroscientist discovers global gene pool needs smart women to have babies

Neuroscientist discovers global gene pool needs smart women to have babies

Meet Dr Radha Nair-Roberts, postdoctoral researcher at the Brain Repair Group at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. Radha and I first met in Oxford when we both won places on the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD program in Neuroscience.  Radha’s PhD studies took her on a far more exotic journey than most – few… 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

Nurture over nature? Interview with neuroplasticity researcher Tony Hannan

Nurture over nature? Interview with neuroplasticity researcher Tony Hannan

Neuroplasticity research shows we have the ability to slow the onset of even fatal inherited disorders such as Huntington’s disease. Professor Anthony Hannan is head of the Neural Plasticity Laboratory at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. We first met in the Physiology Department of Oxford University where we were both delving… 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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