Over the past few years a slew of news outlets have been singing the cognitive benefits of learning to juggle. If one is to believe the hype, this ancient circus activity will increase your brain power, make your brain bigger (permanently, no less), and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Dang. Can there be any truth to these heady claims, or is it another case of the media committing that most […]Read More The Neuroscience of Juggling
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that physical fitness can be trained, and that this is a healthy and clever thing to do. What is less often considered is that mental fitness can also be trained. And luckily for us, we live in an age when we have the science to point us in the right direction! Before we dive into the following techniques, it’s […]Read More How to Improve your Crappy Memory – With Evidence!
My mum likes to remind me how, as a little kid, I cried in the movie Bambi when Bambi’s mother gets killed by the hunter. Looking back, it feels like it may have been one of my most salient developmental moments. Bambi was a kid just like me, a massive mummy’s boy just like me, and […]Read More Pixar’s Inside Out: children’s films, moral psychology and neurospirituality
There’s a scene in Alien 4 (which, by the way, is terrible, so if you haven’t already seen it, I would recommend you don’t go out of your way to do so just to get this reference) where the genetically engineered Alien-Ripley comes upon a room full of failed earlier attempts at creating her*. The […]Read More The Not So Immediately Clear but Surprisingly Poignant Relationship Between Teaching English and the Alien Franchise