The reliable eye witness

The lawyer approaches the stand and asks, “Mrs Doogood, did you see a tall slender man running into the alley with the TV” “Yes I did” “Is that person in the room today?” “Yes, he is sitting right over there” Implanting memories is not as difficult as you might...

Where did I put my keys?

I am always hunting for my keys, usually because I wasn’t paying attention when I put them down, or I was interrupted by something else when I walked in the door, or I put them down on Friday evening and never needed them again until Monday morning, We really...

As a Man Thinketh

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” Quote by James Allen, the author of the classic (and possibly the first) positive thinking self help book, “As a Man Thinketh” (published in 1902). More than a century later, neuroscience...

Who defines us?

How would define yourself? As a doctor, lawyer,  CEO, surfer, father, daughter? How would other people define you? As rich, poor, attractive, skinny, friend, foe? How would marketers define you? As middle class, 30 to 39, black diamond? The world is full of labels, branding, in-groups and out-groups....

Where were you on September 11?

If I had to ask you whether you wish you could improve your memory”, I would imagine many of you would sound a resounding “yes”. There have been many books written on improving memory (names, phone numbers, lists) and they usually rely on memory tricks where you attach vivid...

Could you be James Bond?

Do you what it takes to be a secret agent? James Bond needs to have a high  level awareness and attention. Let’s see if you make the grade. Here’s an exercise for you to do to test your awareness. Watch the video below and see how many passes the...

Mind Over Matter – Prior experience and the perception of fatigue

Continuing on the topic of mind over matter, and specifically in relation to exercise, I am reminded of some work done by Professor Tim Noakes several years ago. Professor Noakes challenged a long established belief that fatigue originates in the muscles (when the muscles run out of oxygen, glycogen...

Mind over Matter – How our mood influences our immune system

Over the Christmas holidays I’ve  been doing a fair amount of training in preparation for the race I’ve entered. Despite getting up before dawn during my holidays, I found I was highly motivated, full of energy and putting in some personal bests on various rides and runs. That stopped...

Yoga, Qigiong and PsychoNeuroImmunology

Traditional Eastern medicine can be traced back thousands of years; well before the advent of science as we know it – many of the ideas found across Asia can be traced back to the Upanishads of around 1200 to 900 BCE. Rather than cast these ideas aside because they...

The psychology of goal setting

Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes his book, “The Black Swan“, as a book about confirmation bias. The black swan is very rare, and if you had never seen nor heard of a black swan you might be inclined to say that they do not exist. In an effort to make...