Author Archives: Ellice Mol

Simple exercises to help prevent a fall

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has developed a series of simple exercises to help older Australian’s maintain their balance and avoid falls in the comfort of their own home. The campaign highlights the increased risk of falls during the colder months as people aged 65 and over tend to stay inside more. According to researchers at NeuRA, reduced activity during cold months can lead […]

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Unravelling the link between chronic pain and mental health disorders

Chronic pain is a significant problem worldwide that results in enormous suffering and costs to affected individuals, their loved ones, and society. The experience of chronic pain is so much more than a sensation. Chronic pain impacts our emotions, cognition and social life. In Australia, an alarming 20 per cent of people with chronic pain have considered suicide.   NeuRA’s […]

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‘Silence’ helps the brain encode information

Neuroscientists at NeuRA and UNSW Sydney have shown that the brain may ignore input known as ‘chatter’ and instead use periods of silence to register information about its environment. The scientists have challenged the conventional wisdom that neural activity is the main driver of human perception.   Dr Ingvars Birznieks and Dr Richard Vickery have developed a novel method of […]

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