Brain Facts & Health

Food for thought – Boosting brain power through nutrition

Dr Amy Reichelt is a nutritional neuroscientist and who researches how food affects brain function – including our ability to learn. Here, she tells us about science-backed foods that can optimise brain function....
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Brain Boosting recipes from Deakin's Food & Mood Centre

The Food & Mood Centre Recipes The research is in! What you eat has a massive impact on brain function and mood. Ditch the junk food and start eating the right foods for peak health and performance. Here are some quick...
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Introducing your second brain...the gut!

Is there really a second brain? Have you ever felt nausea before a performance, gut-wrenching sadness, or anticipatory butterflies in your stomach? The old sayings of not ignoring a ‘gut feeling,’ or going with a...
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How food affects mood and mood affects food

By Kate Flinders, Defence Scientist (Nutrition) and Chris Forbes-Ewan, Senior Nutritionist Eating good food promotes overall health and wellbeing, but what you eat may also impact how you feel. Research suggests that...
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Brain food: diet’s impacts on students are too big to ignore

As their children submit themselves to the ordeal of all-important end-of-year exams, parents of high school and university students may be wondering what they can do to help. One thing they ought to consider in...
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This Way UP! Motivation Kick-Starters

Try these easy kick starters to get you going backed by neuroscience and psychology. Recently many Victorian students have again been required to learn remotely and parents are supporting student learning from...
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You need rest to do your best!

Sleep is one of the most important factors influencing brain functioning. Especially during adolescents, when biological changes and lifestyle factors push sleep times later and thus reduce overall sleep duration, the...
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Brain Myths Series: #2 Creative v Analytical Brains

If you are like me and millions of others, you may have taken a quiz or completed a visual challenge to test the dominance of your brain hemispheres.  Were you left or right brain dominant?  Or perhaps you were...
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Brain Myth Series #1: Learning Styles

What are Brain Myths?   For thousands of years, mankind has pondered the mysteries of the human brain. With advances in neuroscience, we know more today about functions of the brain than ever before. Some...
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