I’m starting today – meditation, mindfulness and mind-emptiness

The Buddhist connection is one reason Mindfulness is so popular. Image from shutterstock.com It’ll make you a better mother/writer/human being. It’ll calm the mind chatter. You won’t get so angry! You’ll be happier and...

This is your brain on placebo effects

When you visit your doctor to get a pill to treat a sore back, you might start to feel better straight away. But how much of your recovery is due to the pill...

Mind-wandering may help enhance creativity, job performance and general well-being, studies show

___ When writing a song or a piece of prose, I often choose to let my mind wander, hoping the muse will strike. If it does, it not only moves my work along but feels...

6 Ways Music Gives Your Brain a Big Boost

Music is one of the few activities where people around the globe respond in a common way. It connects all kinds different people across a myriad of cultures, traditions, and practices all over...

8 Ways to Activate Your Mind to Calm Your Brain and Body

You are not your thoughts. No matter what’s going on in your head, there’s a part of you that is separate from it. There is a part of you that is able to step back...

Does fasting improve mental acuity and help you live longer?

Todays guest blog post comes from Dr Devika Garg, a fresh PhD in neurosciences from the National University of Singapore, with a passion for bringing complex science to the public in simple and...

Despite the growing evidence against supplements making brain/ memory improvement claims, sales keep growing

___ Why you shouldn’t bother with memory or brain health supplements (Consumer Reports): “The signs of memory loss can be bewildering and scary: misplaced keys, a forgotten street name, that task you suddenly can’t remember. It’s no...

Snakes, fear, and my primal brain

It was a hot hot Friday afternoon three weeks ago when I stepped out my front door to find the fella to the right sunning himself on my front deck. I live in...

This is your brain on knitting

    I’m super excited to share this new art-science initiative that I’ve helped get up and running here in Sydney. One of the BEST things to come out of writing this blog has been...

Development of the electric brain. Interview with my favourite neuroscientist Dr Matt Grubb

Meet Dr Matt Grubb. He’s one of my all-time favourite neuroscientists. Matt and I met in Oxford. We did our PhDs in the same lab, went to the same college, played in the...

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