Stream of Thought

Sunshine on the Brain

06 February 2017
Getting out and about in the sunshine can have some important benefits for the brain.

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Neuroplasticity is the key to a healthy, active brain

13 December 2016
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganise neural connections in response to experiences throughout our life. When we perform a task, our brain fires connections between neurons, forming a pathway.

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The State of Flow

24 November 2016
Ever worked happily for hours straight without looking up? You were most probably in flow.

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Lessons Learnt from The Blindfold King of Chess

16 November 2016
Timur Gareyev is the ‘blindfold king’ of the chess world. Not only can he play games of chess when blindfolded, but can even play up to 33 games at the same time. During a ten-hour chess marathon in 2015, Gareyev played 33 games of chess simultaneously, and won all of them. Next month, he will attempt to take on 50 games at once. The challenging part, claims Gareyev is not being blindfolded, since once you are experienced you can memorise different moves and their results. It is playing multiple games simultaneously that is the real challenge and is the part that has intrigued scientists.

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Music and the Brain

29 October 2016
It is well known that playing an instrument can relieve stress and hours spent learning Mozart’s 5th symphony can help develop patience and concentration.  A lesser known fact is that the sections of the brain that are stimulated when a person learns to play an instrument can also improve commonplace skills, such as being alert, planning and emotional perception. 

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