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A 'Journey into your brain' Sydney Bookings open!

Our ‘Brain Journey’ 2-hour experiences are now in the top 10 Sydney experiences with over 500 people taking the journey in 2018.
Now you can book your session directly through our booking site – TryBooking. 
We provide a beer, wine or soft-drink, snacks and the full2-hour experience for up to 6 people at The Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills. It’s ideal for those wanting a taste of neuroscience without the jargon; an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world.
The experience also suits those wanting to see how a session would work in a classroom or corporate setting. It’s educational and more fun than your brain can handle.

Fact or Fallacy?

An Investigating Science Research Session

♦ 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

New for schools: Drone Control

Yes, that’s right. From steering wheelchairs and cars to turning on lights to dialing mobile phone numbers with your thoughts … and now this!

In NSW from February, every school incursion for years 7-10 + Biology (term 4) will include one or two students per group nominated to fly our special indoor drone.
Now this isn’t easy and it takes ‘Theta’ or ‘Beta’ control that most struggle with. We’ll admit, we’ve crashed it several times.
It must be flown indoors as if not it will end up in New Zealand, yet the drone has a wire cage surround so that students can catch it easily and safely. It’s safe, fun and fairly impossible to break (we hope).
Only one  or two students per group will have a turn and they’ll need to show some skill at mind control during other activities.
 
 

Dogs and brainwaves

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) . 20161107_191401
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.

Albert's brain. Lots of brown (theta) shows a fairly relaxed pup
Albert’s brain. Lots of brown (theta) shows a fairly relaxed pup
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.

See inside your mind

View the incredible electrical network that makes up your mind at work. We provide you with an analysis of your brainwaves … Then, send the full colour image of your brain to your email/mobile phone to show friends or share on the social platform of your choice.
It’s safe, colorful and uniquely yours!