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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

How to break bad habits using neuroscience

How to break bad habits using neuroscience

Your brain is fundamentally lazy. When it can, it wires thoughts, emotions, or behaviors into circuits deep below the surface where they become automated. Automated thoughts, feelings or behaviours ARE habits. And habits allow your brain to work on autopilot. During the course of a day, hundreds of habits—automated chunks of thought, emotion, or behavior—come online… Continue Reading

My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.

My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.

As 2014 draws to a close I’ve crunched the numbers and come up with the the top 5 most popular blog posts I’ve written this year. To everyone who has read, commented, shared or liked – THANK-YOU!!! Here are the top 5 most-read posts for 2014 (in descending order, just to keep the suspense!!).  Enjoy, and see… 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

The myth of the creative-right vs analytical-left brain: debunked

The myth of the creative-right vs analytical-left brain: debunked

I’m a neuroscientist by training. Popular culture would label me ‘logical, detail-oriented and analytical’. But when I was in high school, I considered applying to art school and pursuing career as a painter. Had I followed that path in life, would I be considered ‘creative, thoughtful and free-spirited’? No doubt you’ve heard people say that… Continue Reading

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