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.
Infectious and Non-Infectious diseases of the brain Our standard presentation has been adjusted to not only give students the full EEG Mind Control experience, but focus on infectious and non-infectious diseases of the brain.
For module 7, teachers choose one of the following diseases as our focus.
Content focus: The treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease both locally and globally. The study of the human immune system and its response to infectious disease. This includes:
Modes of transmission
Transmission during epidemic
Types of pathogens and the body’s response to exposure
Adaption of the pathogens to assist host to host transmission
Symptoms, imaging and treatment
For module 8,teachers choose one of the following diseases as our focus.
⇒ Cardiovascular disease (whole-body related)
Content focus: Engagement with the study of non-infectious disease and disorders including causes and effects on human health. This includes technologies in treating the disease and the epidemiology of non-infectious brain disease. We include:
Causes and effects – genetic susceptibility and new research
Internal systems allowing homeostasis via neural pathways
Symptoms and imaging
Technology used in Treatment and management
Patterns of the disease in a population
A smaller section is dedicated to the brainwaves that aid information retention and release – vital for students doing the HSC.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:
For costs, syllabus points and extra detail, click HERE. To book or inquire, see below …
We add new brain research every month. The research is usually not the original scientific papers, but plain-English discussions of the research from media, academia, government and health organisations.
February 2020 (c) Many ask us about Deep Brain Stimulation – a procedure we talk about in our experiences for those with Parkinson’s or Epilepsy. Here’s a simple, personal story.
BBC News: Click HERE
February 2020 (b) What’s happening in the adolescent brain?
Cambridge University: Click HERE
February 2020 (a)
Weight training staves off Alzheimer’s: New Australian research The ABC: Click HERE
January 2020 (c) Can a regular sauna stave off dementia? It seems so!
Psychology Today: Click HERE
January 2020 (b) The newest research on blood pressure and dementia. A New Zealand first.
The NZ Herald: Click HERE
January 2020 (a) ADHD medicine and it’s impact on the brain. An interesting yet complex read for those effected by ADHD.
Science Daily: Click HERE
The amazing work to map the bio-markers of disease using AI and automatically tell the brain to send in the army. BBC Science: Click HERE
December 2019(b) Humans grow new neurons well into their 90s
The Guardian Neuroscience: Click HERE
November 2019 The increasing similarity between Autism and Dementia.
Neuroscience news: Click HERE
October 2019 (a) Theta and the link to learning and memory
American Assoc. Advancement of Science: Click HERE
October 2019 (b) New Australian study links dementia to air pollution
Neura: Click HERE
September 2019 Diagnosing dementia through walking patterns.
Science daily: Click HERE
August 2019 Does Multi-tasking exist?
BBC Science: Click HERE
July 2019 (a) How to escape the multi-modular brain state created by modern work
BBC Science: Click HERE
July 2019 (b) Alzheimer’s Disease explained simply
Live Science: Click HERE
July 2019 (c) The future of brain-computer interfaces
BBC Science: Click HERE
June 2019 Artificial intelligence helping find active neurons
Duke University and Eureka Alert – Click HERE
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
Does Micro-dosing improve Mood and Performance? Neuroscience News – Click HERE
♦ Does listening to heavy metal music really stop relaxation?
♦ Does chocolate really help you feel good and calm down?
♦ Is laughter really the best medicine?
By using our EEG headsets, students investigate whether these beliefs are actually true, partially true or completely false. We provide the headsets, the guidance and the worksheets while students undertake a 90 minute group investigation where all members get to use the equipment and have their brain analyzed.
Groups also look at the variables involved, the validity and the ways the experiments could be improved. They will also individually look at the relevance of their investigation for society and do a short quiz so you can see their level of engagement. Sessions limits
We can take up to 25 students in a session and as group experimentation is involved, a reasonable space should be set aside so that the activity from groups doesn’t disrupt others.
The cost of the session is $380 – less if booked as part of a full-day incursion. We need 75 minutes prior to the session to set up headsets and laptops. All headsets, headphones, and up to 2 x laptops are supplied.
For the full description of all session outlines including Fact or Fallacy, click HERE
To inquire or make a booking click HERE
During Neuroscience in the Pub on November 7, we put the EEG on Albert – a friendly and very patient 3-year old Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle) .
Getting a signal through all that fur wasn’t easy but he eventually stood still long enough for quite a solid signal to register on our brain visualiser. The result? Albert had brainwaves the same as we do yet not every type of brainwave was evident. Albert showed lots of Theta waves (brown/orange) which is a very relaxed and quiet, focused wave in humans. He had a tiny amount of beta (pink – concentration) and some Gamma (white – excitement). Mainly though, Albert showed waves within the 4-7Hz range depicting deep focus – almost meditative. See the video by clicking HERE.
However, these brainwave interpretations are for humans – not dogs. It’s a long stretch to interpret canine brainwaves using the same system. Or is it?
Stanley Coren, a behaviorist from the University of British Columbia has spent years researching doggie brainwaves and emotions. His conclusion is that canine brainwaves are very similar to humans and their brain displays the same chemical reactions ours do. Read the full article HERE.
Thanks to Sam and Rochelle for bringing Albert in for his brain scan and we believe Albert will be leading workshops in meditation technique soon.
Phil Dye began his career as a primary school teacher on the South Coast of NSW. He then went on to teach secondary school music and during that time, founded 2UUU-FM, an FM radio station designed to provide a community voice for the people of the Shoalhaven. 2UUU still broadcasts today.
After 20 years of teaching, he retrained in Communication Management specializing in science and medical communication. Phil worked for the NSW Blood Service and the Australian Bone Marrow Registry before eventually becoming the Communication Manager for the Australian Organ Donation and Transplantation Service (ACCORD). In this role he was the winner of the Golden Target Award for his community communication programs around organ donation.
He went on to lecture in Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and in 1998, wrote ‘The Father Lode’, published by Allen and Unwin. The book looked at the psychological impact on men of becoming a new dad.
It was loved by some and hated by others. The book sold out in the UK and Australia and still pops up on eBook sites. He has written two other books since on business and media.
Between 2011 and 2013, Phil worked with people with extreme disabilities. These were people who had up to 80 seizures a day or had never experienced a voluntary movement in their life. Music therapy played a dominant part of that work and began his interest in the brain.
In 2014 he became an educator in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW. His role was to make complex concepts simple and use plain English to teach everyone from school aged children to visiting overseas medical delegations.
One of the concepts he explained was the use of the Deep Brain Implant to treat conditions like Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy. This further seeded his fascination with the brain and led him to create Mindz Brainplay – the first concept to take neuroscience out of the lab and into the schools, pubs, nightclubs and boardrooms.
As well as all of this, Phil led a double life as a musician and entertainer. Playing his first paid gig at age 14, he went on to perform with names such as Dame Edna Everage, The Bushwackers and Eric Bogle. He sung to the Royal Family and Margaret Thatcher at the launch of Australian wines into the UK market and has released four albums – now available on all streaming services.
His one mild ‘hit’, The Bum and Poo Song, written in 2000, is still popular with parents and children. Deeper Well from the ‘Water’ collection can be heard on YouTube HERE.