Research

Sunshine, lollipops and a rainbow of risk: Food dyes and your child
Oct

24

2017

Sunshine, lollipops and a rainbow of risk: Food dyes and your child

  Synthetic food dyes have been shrouded in controversy since their introduction to market over 50 years ago. Given many of these dyes are derived from coal tar or petroleum, it is unsurprising that they can negatively affect our health. As science has advanced with time, many dyes have been removed from market as they posed increased likelihood of cancer, genetic mutations as well as…

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10 brain foods to make you feel good
Sep

7

2017

10 brain foods to make you feel good

We’ve all heard of the phrase “food for thought”, but what if there really were certain foods that could boost your thinking? Here are 10 brain foods filled with vitamins and minerals to help keep your brain sharp and healthy. (1) Wholegrains The brain requires a steady flow of blood glucose to fuel it. Wholegrain and low-GI foods help release this glucose slowly into the…

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Is social media making your teenager unhappy?
Aug

28

2017

Is social media making your teenager unhappy?

There is a generation of teenagers who have never known life without the internet, – they are being dubbed “iGen”. Adolescence looks very different now for young people born between 1995 and 2012, then it did for generations before. Teens are spending more time talking to their friends online than they are meeting up face-to face. They are also drinking less, delaying sexual activity and…

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5 Most Common Myths about Autism Debunked
Aug

28

2017

5 Most Common Myths about Autism Debunked

As awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder continues to increase globally, so do the general populations preconceptions on what Autism is, what it looks like and what causes it. Unfortunately, this can lead to the spread of misinformation about the condition, which results in not only a greater difficulty in Autism to be recognised, but also isolating and stigmatising those who do have the condition.  …

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Better sleep, better brain: Maximise your kid’s brain
Aug

14

2017

Better sleep, better brain: Maximise your kid’s brain

For many parents, the beginning signs of kids having poor sleep are rather innocuous and almost unnoticeable, until…. Your child may be slow to get out of bed and get ready for the day ahead, They may be more irritable and cranky than usual, You catch them falling asleep during the day, or they say they want to nap during the afternoon, The school grades…

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Communication issues in people with ADHD
Aug

12

2017

Communication issues in people with ADHD

Research findings are showing that people with ADHD have problems with communication in ways that can make them present as very egocentric. These issues can have a major impact upon relationships and quality of life. A research study from the University of Waterloo finds that people with ADHD have a decreased ability to empathise with the perspective of their conversational partner. In two studies, participants…

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Change your brain, enhance your happiness
Aug

12

2017

Change your brain, enhance your happiness

Neurofeedback and brain modulation has been around for years, and there is a vast body of research that shows that the brains of people with low mood and depression are very different to a happy, well-functioning brain. Neurofeedback provides a means by which individuals can learn to voluntarily control their brain activity, and thereby increase certain types of brain waves associated with a positive mood,…

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Not getting enough sleep? There’s a nap for that.
Aug

12

2017

Not getting enough sleep? There’s a nap for that.

Smartphones have revolutionised the world in which we live, facilitating instant communication across oceans and continents or merely from the kitchen to upstairs. While this love affair with convenience is inevitably set to continue, there seems to be plenty of love lost for the hours without such stimulation and their importance in maintaining healthy brain function. Research has shown, consistent quality sleep spanning 7 –…

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Neurofeedback AND post-traumatic stress disorder
Jan

18

2017

Neurofeedback AND post-traumatic stress disorder

Bessel Van Der Kolk has just published a paper in December 2016 which describes a wonderful new study he has conducted into the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He examined 52 individuals with chronic PTSD and found a significant drop in traumatic events. Post-treatment with neurofeedback he found a significantly smaller proportion of the participants met criteria for PTSD compared to those in the study that did not…

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Neurofeedback and performance enhancement in elite athletes
Jan

18

2017

Neurofeedback and performance enhancement in elite athletes

A research study by Dr Dupee and colleagues, published in December 2016, explored the perceived outcomes of neurofeedback training intervention with high performance athletes. Five Olympic level athletes preparing for world championships and the 2012 Olympic Games took part in a 20 session intervention over the period of one year. At the completion of the intervention, an interview was conducted with each athlete. The athletes indicated…

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