Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

Stress can be your friend, as least as far as your cognitive function is concerned. This is because stress releases the hormone norepinephrine which, in moderate doses, can help your brain function better. Like many of the brain’s chemical messengers, norepinephrine (also known as noradrenaline) has a “Goldilocks Zone”, meaning that if levels are either […]

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14 Dec 2016 Read More

The Psychology of Brexit – Seven Reasons Why England voted Leave

The Psychology of Brexit – Seven Reasons Why England voted Leave

The world has been shaken by Britain’s decision to exit the European Union. What are the psychological factors behind this seismic event? The vote was carried by three separate factors – age, wealth and geography – with the old, the poor and the non-London English ensuring that the Leave campaign won. There are seven different […]

25 Jun 2016 Read More

Stress in the Caregiver

Stress in the Caregiver

One of the best antidotes to stress in caregivers is a sense of control over some aspects of a life that can often end up revolving completely around the person being cared for, according to professor of psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ian Robertson. “Caregiving can be very stressful, particularly if the carer feels unsupported, […]

23 Jun 2016 Read More

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes brain chemistry

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes brain chemistry

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.  But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and […]

19 Jun 2016 Read More

Why a moderate amount of stress is good for you

Why a moderate amount of stress is good for you

Stress has been linked with a string of issues including depression, dementia and cancer. But Professor Ian Robertson, the author of the book, The Stress Test: how pressure can make you stronger and sharper, out on June 16 argued that the right amount of stress can actually increase our productivity. Stress causes an area in our brain to create neodrenaline, which eases […]

19 Jun 2016 Read More