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.

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.

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

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 post-lockdown

Updated June 27, 2020
The following regards Teacher Professional Development and Mindz student incursions for the remainder of 2020.
This information may change according to Government advice.

Teacher PD Australia-wide

  1. Pre-booked teachers’ PD can go ahead with consultation with the school principal or payment can be applied to sessions taking place at an agreed future date.
  2.  In-school whole or part staff ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’ teacher PD courses will begin from the start of term 3, 2020. See HERE for info.
  3. The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to any teacher volunteer. Hand sanitizer will be used before each fitting.
  4. Group participants are expected to have the COVIDSafe App on their phone.
  5. Sydney based ‘Understanding the Learning Brain’ courses for individual teachers or small staff groups will begin on July 7 and then take place on the first Tuesday evening of every month. See HERE for info. All precautions from points 3 and 4 above will apply.

School STEM incursions for all grades

  1. School stem sessions for all grades can recommence from the start of term 3, 2020.
  2. The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to any student volunteer.
  3. The facilitator will use hand sanitizer before each fitting.
  4. The presentation area must be 2 metres from the front row of students.
  5. Bookings or inquiries can be made HERE.

 

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