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NSW STAGE 6 Investigating science

FACT or FALLACY?

Fact or Fallacy is strictly for Investigating Science Students.

Click here for available term 2 dates
The dates available in term 2 are:
May 23, 29, 30
June 3, 4, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28
July 1, 2

Fact or Fallacy  Students will conduct a series of mind-based EEG experiments to prove Fact or Fallacy on several common beliefs. A common belief is that lying down helps a person relax and creates ‘Theta’ brainwaves. Another belief is that heavy metal music creates ‘Beta or Gamma’ waves and cannot help a person relax. The session investigates these beliefs using our EEG headsets to see if they fit into the areas of Fact or Fallacy.

This investigation is different to the ‘Working Scientifically‘ session in that students don’t design their investigation. All guidance is supplied. For the full session outline, click HERE.

Group size: Up to 20 students
Cost:
$480 for a single session
Session length:
120 minutes
Space required: L
arge presentation area or classroom
Equipment required:
Data projector and large screen TV, proximity to power points
What we provide:
EEG equipment, laptops, research stimuli, worksheets

To inquire or make a booking, see below…

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Before #alco-off-365

Before embarking on my 365 days of dryness, I wrote down some numbers and feelings. My answers are in blue.

⇒ How did I physically feel on a scale of 1-10 + description?
On a scale of 1-10 I felt a 6. Muscle aches and not handling the gym as normal. Sciatica driving me crazy.
⇒ How was my social life on a scale of 1-10 + description?
On a scale of 1-10 my social life was a 7. Pretty good. However, nearly every aspect of my social life revolved around alcohol. This worried me.
⇒ How did I feel on waking up on a scale of 1-10 + description?
On a scale of 1-10, I’d mostly wake up feeling a 6 and take an hour and 2 x coffees to spark up. Sometimes I felt a 7 or 8 while at other times a 5. The average would be a 6.
⇒ Did I regard my memory and cognitive function as worse, same or better?
My pre-#alco-off-365 cognitive function was  pretty good yet often my memory was terrible. I put it down to stress.
⇒ Did I regard my sleep as worse, same or better?
My sleep pre-#alco-off-365 was pretty good yet I knew that on the nights I didn’t have wine with dinner I’d get very tired and be in bed by 8.30.

Mindz Experiences in Sydney Top 10

It took us just over a year but the Sydney ‘Journey inside your Brain’ Experience has been ranked by AirBnb as number 7 in the top 10 Sydney Experiences.

Our experience differs greatly from other experiences in that it doesn’t showcase the beauty of Sydney or give a ‘physical’ experience like bush-walking, snorkeling or kayaking. It does take guests inside a 19th century Aussie pub for the experience and guests do love the irony of exploring their brain while having a beer!

We find 50% of our guests are locals or interstate visitors who want something a bit different or who are just interested in health, mindfulness and what makes them tick.

So far we’ve had 650 guests and over 200 5-star reviews. Special thanks to the AirBnB people for taking the risk on our ‘totally different’ experience and the hundreds of guests who’s stories and sense of humour never cease to amaze me.

Phil
Sydney Experience Host

#alco_off_365

As the founder of Mindz Brainplay, I decided if anyone was going to be the guinea pig to assess the impact of a year without alcohol on the adult brain it should be me.  I created the hashtag #alco_off_365 so that anyone can join me in my ‘suffering’ 🙂 or post a comment on their own experience.

Mind you, this decision wasn’t easy. Two glasses of red with dinner most nights was standard. On weekends this might extend to three or four.

It’s also true I have a family history of dementia with my father having Alzheimer’s for seven years before he died. We know that alcohol induced dementia is common, yet there’s far more dementia patients who’s moderate drinking was not a cause. Many dementia patients have never touched the sauce.

How then, can a full year without alcohol impact the mature adult brain that’s used to moderate daily lubrication? At 63 years old, my brain is a little past its prime, yet certainly nowhere near it’s use-by date. I hope.

How will I assess my year?
As a citizen scientist and educator with an interest in both research based and story-oriented learning, I decided to evaluate my 365-day alcohol-free brain-shift both quantitatively and qualitatively. In other words, I did some basic tests, and also recorded how I felt as the year went on. I also recorded weight and exercise patterns.

For quantitative results, I took three tests before and after my booze-free year. These test are free and all online. I wanted to take tests that were quick and easy for anyone. Not laboratory quality, but indicative. For the tests and my first results…

1. The Short Term Memory Test from ‘Memory Health Check’. I did the Memory Test Challenge with animal pictures to score 72% with a 951ms response time. With the nature pictures I scored 72% with a 958ms response time.  Safe to say I scored an average 72%. Not great. Click HERE for the tests.

2. Food for the Brain Cognitive Function Test. I scored 50 which means I was above the norm for my age. A good thing. The test can be taken HERE.

3. Test my Brain Cognitive Speed test. I scored fairly poorly in this with:
⇒ 7.67 in the Fast Choice test (below average for age)
⇒ 6.75 in the Flickering Dot test (below average for age)
⇒ 30.42 in the Fast Reactions Test (above average for age)
The test can be found HERE.

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For qualitative results, I noted my observations before stopping alcohol and then every month according to these criteria:
⇒ How did I physically feel on a scale of 1-10 + description?
⇒ How was my social life on a scale of 1-10 + description?
⇒ How did I feel on waking up on a scale of 1-10 + description?
⇒ Did I regard my memory and cognitive function as worse, same or better?
⇒ Did I regard my sleep as worse, same or better?

For my observations before stopping, click HERE.

Feel free to follow, join, comment or contribute to the Facebook page at Alco-off-365 or click HERE.

 

NSW Stage 6 Biology

Click here for available term 2 dates
The dates available in term 2 are:
May 23, 29, 30
June 3, 4, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28
July 1, 2

Infectious and Non-Infectious diseases of the brain
Our popular ‘Brain Power’ presentation has been tweaked to not only give students the full EEG Mind Control experience, but focus on infectious and non-infectious diseases of the brain.

The infectious component will look at the latest research into both meningitis and Toxoplasmosis. The possibility of zoonotic disease always captivates students and what toxo does to the human brain is incredible.

The non-infectious component will look at both Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy. This will include both the causes and new technologies to treat the conditions.

A smaller section is dedicated to the brainwaves that aid information retention and release – vital for students doing the HSC. If our indoor drone is still in one piece after other sessions that day, we conclude with finding a student who can fly it with their brain. The entire session is 90 minutes.

Outcome Points
BIO 12-14: Analyses infectious disease in terms of cause, transmission, management and the organism’s response, including the human immune system:
BIO 12-15: Explains non-infectious disease and disorders and a range of technologies and methods used to assist, control, prevent and treat non-infectious disease:

Group size: Up to 60 students
Cost: $310 for a single session | $480 for a half day (2 x sessions)
Number of students actively involved: 8-10 students as ‘demonstrators’
Session length: 90 minutes
Space required: large presentation area or classroom
Equipment required: Data projector and large screen TV, proximity to power points
What we provide: EEG equipment, laptops, drone (if still in one piece)
Full Session Outline: Click HERE
To book or inquire, see below …

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Brain Awareness Week 2019

Brain Awareness Week for schools occurs between the 11th and 17th March 2019. It’s the ideal time to focus on brain health and use the Mindz experience to engage and motivate students.
For Brain Awareness Week  we’ll be adding an extra 5 minute section on ‘neurogenesis’ – the growth of new neurons deep inside the brain. We’ll still be looking at the way neurons communicate and using our EEGs to look inside the brain of students.
To inquire about a visit to your school, fill out the form below and we’ll respond within 24 hours. We can only visit FIVE schools during Brain Awareness Week.

Stage 6 Working Scientifically

NSW Stage 6 Working Scientifically

Mindz will guide classes through a 90 minute scientific exploration using EEG headsets we provide.

The session is based around group scientific investigation work, not lecture and presentation. After a 15 minute introduction, students will design an investigation and then collect, analyse and evaluate data following scientific method. They will then communicate this information to a specific audience.

For those new to science
If you have students new to the sciences, designing their own research project can be daunting. We offer an additional ‘practice session’ where students are guided through a research task using scientific method and our EEGs. This is a very step by step session which may not be suitable for advanced science students.

Outcome Points: (relevant to all the sciences)
11/12-1, 11/12-3, 12-5, 1/12-6, 12-7, 11/12-2,

Group size: Up to 25 students
Number of students actively involved: All students
Session length: 90 minutes or 180 minutes if the practice session is added (includes 15 minute break) .
Space required: large area where up to 5 x groups of 5 students can work without distraction
Equipment required: 1 x laptop per group. We can provide 2 laptops for group use. You supply the rest – we provide the software free.
What we provide: 1 x EEG per group, data recording sheets, 2 x laptops.
Cost: Working Scientifically research session only – $480 + gst. With practice session added = $570

Full Session Outline: Click HERE
To book or inquire, see below

Education Authorities sometimes treat the spelling of 'Mindz' as spam. This is why we ask for a 2nd email address. Please allow email from us (mindz.com.au) in your departmental email settings and check your junk/spam box in case our reply has ended up there.
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Newest brain research

May 2019
Neurogenesis and exercise in the treatment of Alzheimer’s?
Nature Journal – Click HERE

April 2019:
Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation show promise.
Science Daily – Click HERE

March 2019:
Gut bacteria and mental health: the evidence increases.
Nature Journal – Click HERE

February 2019:
Does Micro-dosing improve Mood and Performance?
Neuroscience News – Click HERE

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Being in Theta: The Benefits of Autopilot sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/1…
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Brain Injury Australia: Measuring Concussion in Sport braininjuryaustralia.org.au/reso…
Brainwaves explained scientificamerican.com/article/w…
Brainworks brainworksneurotherapy.com/what-…
Could this explain our unique intelligence? sciencealert.com/human-excitator…
Exercise and the Brain: John Ratey johnratey.com
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Got an itch? Blame your brain. sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/1…
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Modular v non-modular brains sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/1…
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Neurogenesis and exercise psychologytoday.com/blog/the-ath…
Psychedelic drugs in the treatment of depression neurosciencenews.com/psychedelic…
The Herpes virus and its link to Alzheimer’s sciencealert.com/there-s-mountin…
The modular brain ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM…
The Rosehip Neuron livescience.com/63441-new-brain-…