All posts by Phil Dye

Phil is the creator of Mindz Brainplay, the only company in the world to take neuroscience out of the lab, and onto the street.

The Noggin

Background
Due to covid-19, our incursions into Australian schools have been put on hold. State education authorities have stopped non-essentials from entering schools and some schools have taken their own harsher steps to stop transmission. This is understandable.  However, it also means that students are missing out on stimulating external education sessions.

The Noggin will be a 12-part video series on the brain for school students in Australia. A crowdfunding campaign began on 28th August 2020 to raise funds to produce the series which will have different episodes targeting grades from K-12.

Budget
The total amount needed to create the series is $16,753 inc. gst rounded down to $16,500. Discounted technical assistance will be provided by Play27 Media, yet Phil Dye will be responsible for all production, recording and most editing. Talent suitable to each age group has been sought with many children and teenagers wanting to be involved. Budget details are:

  • Studio production costs: $1,100 per episode = $13,200 + gst made up of:
    ⇒ Phil Dye will be paid $450 + gst a week (via an ABN) for 12 weeks to produce, present and partially edit the series. Each episode will take approximately 50 hours to complete.
    ⇒ P
    roduction assistance will be limited to $250 + gst per episode
    Play27 Media will create and add stings, effects, and professional rendering with a limit of $320 + gst per episode.
    Travel costs for guests (Uber or Ola only): $80 + gst per episode
  • Social media video for teacher awareness: $500 + gst
  • Facebook advertising to teachers: $400 + gst
  • Graphic and set design: $400 + gst
  • Contingency of 5% = $730

$15,230 + gst of $1,523.00 = Total inc gst of $16,753 (rounded down to $16,500). Any money left over post production will go towards a 2nd series OR donated to The Brain Foundation.

Your support
The series can’t be made without help from donors. This could be $10 or $50. Anything will do. Please help by contributing to the campaign and support brain education in Australian schools. Click HERE to support The Noggin.

Exercise, the Brain and You!

A special experience for Vision Personal Training
staff and members

Exercise is not just essential for the body. Over the last 20 years we’ve discovered the incredible link between exercise, memory, and learning. We’ve found these links via the wonderful technology that lets us look inside the brain and see what is actually happening when we run, lift, swim, or dance.

In this 2.5-hour experience, you’ll get to use this incredible technology to look inside your brain at what actually happens when you exercise, play, work, relax or sleep. The electroencephalograph (EEG) technology you’ll use is 100% safe. You’ll not only see what is happening inside your brain, but play a game using your thoughts to control the gaming characters. You’ll also check your meditation skills! It’s a unique and fun experience that before Covid-19, was one of the top 5 experiences in Sydney rated by AirBnB.

When?: Monday 7th September 7pm – 9.30pm
Where?: The Oxford Hotel, 195 Victoria Road, Drummoyne
Cost: $67.00
Inclusions?: A drink and finger food | All use of technology | Lots of fun
Group size?: A limit of 6 guests. The space is large enough to enable social distancing.
At the end: A Certificate of Completion will be sent via email to each participant.

Covid-19 precautions:

  • Your temperature will be taken prior to the experience
  • You are urged to bring a mask and must provide your mobile phone number
  • Your host (Phil) will wear a mask and use hand sanitizer when fitting a headset to each participant
  • Hand sanitizer will be freely available to everyone

 

Newest brain research

We try to 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.

October 2020 (a)
The amazing activation speed of Dopamine and Serotonin
Science Daily: Click HERE

October 2020 (b)
Elon Musk and Gertrude the pig
BBC Science: Click HERE

September 2020 (a)
Binge drinkers lack empathy
Science Daily: Click HERE

September 2020 (b)
Exercise helps learning and memory in young adults,. Something we’ve been saying for years. Here’s more research for the unbelievers.
Neuroscience News: Click HERE

August 2020 (b)
Sports head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
Brain Facts.org: Click HERE

August 2020 (a)
How cognitive decline can be reversed: A targeted approach
Science Daily: Click HERE

July 2020 (a)
How Covid-19 is affecting the brain
The Guardian:
Click HERE

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

December 2019(a)
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

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

And below is research from pre-2019

A wine each day keeps alzheimers away https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/moderate-drinking-reduce-alzheimers-risk/
Being in Theta: The Benefits of Autopilot sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/1…
Brain and Health brainandhealth.com/brain-waves
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
Exercise and the recipe for neurogenesis qbi.uq.edu.au/brain/brain-diseas…
Got an itch? Blame your brain. sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/1…
Know your Neurons blogs.scientificamerican.com/bra…
Modular v non-modular brains sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/1…
More on the left and right brain myth npr.org/sections/13.7/2013/12/02…
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-…

Schools incursion / Teacher PD info for term 4, 2020

Updated October 7, 2020
School incursions and off-site Teacher PD will resume from October 6, 2020
This information may change according to Government advice.

School STEM incursions for all grades

  1. School stem sessions for all grades will re-start from October 6.
  2. Bookings or inquiries for term 4, 2020 or for 2021 can be made HERE.
  3. To help reassure students, the supervising teacher will use our infrared temperature gun to take the temperature of the presenter in front of any student group.
Read more
* There will be a distance of 2.5metres between the presenter and the first row of students.
*The presenter will wear a mask and use sanitiser before fitting headsets.
*Students being fitted with a headset will have their temperature taken and must also wear their own mask


Teacher PD

  1. Bookings for 2021 school-based (on-site) face-to-face teacher PD can be accepted from October 6.
  2. Sydney based ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’ off-site courses for small staff groups will begin again from October 6 on request. As these take place off-site, they CAN go ahead.
  3. To request a date for off-site teacher PD or make an inquiry for 2021 on-site PD, click  HERE.
    Read more
    *There must be a 2.5 metre distance between the presenter and the first row of teachers.
    *The presenter will wear a mask when fitting headsets.
    *The presenter will use sanitiser before each fitting.
    *Teachers being fitted with a headset will have their temperature taken and must also wear their own mask.

IMPORTANT NSW ADVICE:
The NSW Government has directed NESA to undertake an immediate review of their processes. While most activities are on hold, the instruction on the NESA website states: “NESA Endorsed providers can continue to develop and deliver NESA Registered PD under their existing scope of endorsement – business as usual.”
However, the NSW Government website states face-to-face on-site PD cannot begin again. We will only be conducting our off-site courses until this contradiction is addressed.

Experiences post-lockdown

Updated June 27, 2020
The following information regards Mindz public, private or corporate Experiences for the remainder of 2020.
This may change according to Government advice.

Public experiences – Sydney and Blue Mountains

  1. Public experiences in either Sydney or the Blue Mountains will re-commence on July 1, 2020.
  2.  To facilitate social distancing,  group size will be limited to 4 people unless in a family group where 6 can attend.
  3. All guests will need to provide a mobile phone number to the facilitator.
  4. Guests over 16 years are expected to have the COVIDSafe App on their phone.
  5. The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to guests.  Hand sanitizer will be used before each fitting.
  6. Sydney bookings can be made from July 4 once a sutable venue is established.
  7. Blue Mountains bookings can be made HERE.

Private, Family and Corporate experiences

  1. Family and private groups are limited to 6 people.
  2. Corporate group numbers will depend on location.
  3. The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to any participant.
  4. The facilitator will use hand sanitizer before each fitting.
  5. Guests are expected to have the COVIDSafe App on their phone.
  6. For corporate events, the presentation area must be 3 metres from the front row of the audience.
  7. Bookings or inquiries for private or family experiences can be made HERE.
  8. Bookings or inquiries for corporate experiences can be made HERE.

The Myth of Multitasking

The Myth of Multitasking: Implications for teachers and their students

Phil Dye: Founder of Mindz Brainplay

In all of our teachers’ PD, student sessions or corporate experiences, we stress the irrefutable fact that multitasking, once the holy grail of workplace behavior, does NOT produce good results.

Our brain experiences electrical changes throughout the day depending on what we’re planning, thinking, doing, hearing or experiencing. The brain state needed for multitasking involves our brain cells (neurons) being high in electricity. This is called ‘Beta’ and it’s where we do many things at once yet do none of these exceptionally well. There is immense brain work involved in trying to juggle many things at once and it’s exceptionally tiring. Teachers know that all too well!

Unfortunately, multitasking does not allow the brain to move into ‘Theta’, the low-electrical brain state necessary for mistake-free work or learning. Learning and focus comes with no distraction or pressure. It comes with quiet or at least limited sound dynamics.

It doesn’t come naturally after 20 minutes of playground play, rugby training or jostling up the stairs to get to class. It will never exist with office PA announcements during class, the sound of jackhammers, students calling out or the distraction of mobile phones. Mobile phones on silent are even worse as students constantly check for possible messages. Mobile phones in a locker at least 10 metres from a smart watch is the only answer.

It also follows that a student’s brain state is often a reflection of the teacher’s brain state. If a teacher is relaxed, controlled and focused, a majority of the class will reflect that. If a teacher is pressured, distracted and stressed, the class will usually be the same – an impossible state for student learning and a terrible state for teaching job satisfaction.

Understanding the learning brain not only equips teachers with a toolbox for creating the best learning zone in students, it equips them with knowledge about their own brain state. Not covered in any teacher training course, it’s vital knowledge for today’s teacher.

The Learning Brain

A summary of points from ‘Understanding The Learning Brain’, a NESA and TQI Accredited presentation by Phil Dye . For more about the presenter, click HERE.

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  • Brain basics and electricity: Click HERE
  • Brain myths and research: Click HERE
  • Getting to the Learning Brain: Click HERE

Phil Dye contact:
Phone: 0412 678 179
Email: phil@mindz.com.au