July Walking Book Club – Brainwashed: the seductive appeal of mindless neuroscience

Neuroscience seems to offer daily insights into the very core of what it means to be human. But caution is advised. I’m the first to admit its easy to fall into the trap of ‘pop’...

Guess what? You’re not your job.

Thanks to Bek Lambert from Hacking Happiness for another savvy reminder of the blurring of the lines between work, home and self.  When you spend upwards of 50 hours a week at work, the separation between who...

How to walk away from Alzheimer’s disease

10,000 steps. That is the magic number of steps we should walk every day to improve our physical health and wellbeing. I love to walk at the beach, and one of my favourite walks to do...

March Walking Book Club – The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks was THE very first popular science book I read.  We were recommended it during my first year of my Neuroscience undergraduate degree....

Explainer: what is Alzheimer’s disease?

Explainer: what is Alzheimer’s disease? By Lauren Bartley, Neuroscience Research Australia and Yue Huang, Neuroscience Research Australia Alzheimer’s disease causes progressive damage to the brain, resulting in problems with memory, cognition, social engagement, and, ultimately,...

The POWER behind your thoughts

I was so excited to be heading out with a few girlfriends to watch our fav comedian in concert, Dane Cook (he’s hilarious, by the way!). We waited 10 years to see him...

Five reasons to welcome Digital Mental Health innovations

___ Mapping out the Mental Health startup ecosystem (Medium): “Today, 1 in 5 people have a diagnosable mental illness, and 1 in 20 people have difficulty leading their everyday life due to mental illness. However before...

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

  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...

No brain, no pain: it’s in the mind

  With thanks to The Conversation for publishing this fascinating article by Prof Moseley (and their creative commons license for allowing me to re-publish here in my blog). No brain, no pain: it is...

Brain injury (part 1) – mild concussion and the cycle helmet myth

#LOVEYOURBRAIN I pledge to wear a helmet skiing Have you have heard of US champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce?  I’d say over the next few weeks we’ll all hear more about him and the movie...

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