Online brain training. Does it really work?

When I was about 8 years old, Dad (who has always been quite ahead of his time in acquiring technology) brought home a computer. Our new machine was called a ‘Colour Genie’ and...

27 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day changes brain structure

  I confess that I’m struggling with my new meditation practice. I’ve diagnosed myself with a severe case of monkey-mind. Monkey-mind = a buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. But I’m...

How to go with the flow.

  White water kayakers and musicians experience it. So do video-gamers, rock climbers, and experienced meditators. If you’ve ever lost complete track of time or your sense of self when you’re engrossed in a...

Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain...

___ Getting kids outside and active could help with brain health: Participaction report (The Globe and Mail): “The physical benefits of kids leading an active lifestyle, including better heart health and a decreased risk of developing...

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...

How to Stop the Negative Thought Loop in Your Mind

Even if you don’t know what rumination is, I’m willing to bet you do it. Maybe even a lot! What Is Rumination and Why Do You Do It? Basically, ruminating is thinking about something over and over....

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....

Six tips for social-emotional learning (SEL) to transfer into real-world skills

___ Social-emotional learning (SEL) teaches the key attitudes and skills necessary for understanding and managing emotions, listening, feeling and showing empathy for others, and making thoughtful, responsible decisions. For five years, I was an educator...

7 principles of neuroscience every coach should know

Kandel’s Principles of Neuroscience Back in the mid 1990s when I was an undergrad, the core text of my neuroscience curriculum was ‘Principles of Neural Science’ by Eric Kandel, James Schwartz and Thomas Jessell....

Consistent use of ADHD medication may stun growth by 2 inches, large study finds

___ The Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD (MTA Study) is the largest ADHD treatment study ever conducted — nearly 600 7–9-year-old children with ADHD were randomly assigned to one of four interventions: 1) Carefully monitored medication...

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