I’ve packaged up of some of my favourite brain, mind and neuroscience blogs on the internet.
These bloggers are super clever, witty, and at times irreverent. But most importantly, they make neuroscience, and current research about the mind and brain, accessible to everyone.
And, whether they know it or not, each of these bloggers has inspired me at some point since I started Your Brain Health last year. So, thanks guys!
1. PsyBlog – Psychologist Jeremy Dean blogs about scientific research into how the mind works. The studies he covers have been published in reputable academic journals in many different areas of psychology. Topics have included how memory works, self-control, methods for boosting creativity and the psychology of work.
2. The Best Brain Possible – The inspiring Debbie Hampton shares the mental, emotional and spiritual tools she used to over her suicide attempt/brain injury.
3. Mental Elf – The Mental Elf team lead by André Tomlin post short and snappy daily summaries that highlight evidence-based publications relevant to mental health practice. The Elf team also includes The Lifestyle Elf, The Dental Elf, and The Diabetes Elf.
4. Brain Science Podcast – A podcast, not a blog. But emergency physician Ginger Campbell’s podcast has been sharing recent discoveries from the world of neuroscience, books on neuroscience and interviewing scientists since 2006. One of the top podcasts in iTunes!
5. Neurobollocks – The anonymous author of this fabulously entertaining blog debunks pseudo-neuroscience so you don’t have to! His top tip: “When you see the word ‘neuroplasticity’ think ‘bollocks’ instead. 99% of the time you’ll be absolutely dead-on.”
6. Neurophilosophy – Neuroscientist turned science writer, Mo Costandi, blogs about molecules, mind and everything in between. His book ’50 human brain ideas you really need to know’ is a bible of mine.
7. Neurorexia – PhD student Shelley Fan claims to have an appetite for neuroscience. She blogs about the noggin. With a little body thrown in. She shares her interpretation of cutting-edge peer-reviewed journal articles.
8. Mindhacks – Vaughan Bell & Tom Stafford do some myth debunking, handy news roundups, and in between provide neuroscience and psychology tricks to help you find out what’s going on inside your brain.
9. BeBrainFit – Chiropractor Pat and health writer Deane blog about the 6 pillars of brain health – nutrition, physical exercise, mental stimulation, sleep, stress management, and brain drains. They also have a podcast that has interviewed a certain brain health blogger you all know well…
10. SharpBrains – SharpBrains founder Alvaro Fernandez writes and curates articles on brain fitness and plasticity. SharpBrains is a market research firm that offers independent, research-based, information and guidance to navigate the growing cognitive and brain fitness market.
11. Neuroskeptic – Neuroskeptics’s smart, snappy and witty description “no brain, no gain” sums up this blog up! Read about neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry through a skeptical lens.
12. Lissa Rankin – is a physician and author of the book ‘Mind over medicine – scientific proof you can heal yourself’ where she discusses the power of the mind, the placebo effect and mind-body medicine. She blogs about living and loving fearlessly and how to heal the health care system.
13. Neurobonkers is an anonymous science writer with a history of debunking dodgy scientific research and tearing apart questionable science journalism in a uniquely irreverent style. She/he takes a critical sideswipe into the world of scientific controversy with a focus on the murky waters of the science of the mind.
14. Deric Bownd’s Mind Blog – Professor Bownd blogs prolifically on new ideas and work on mind, brain and behaviour. He also lectures, has a podcast, book, course on the mind. Prolific!
15. Beautiful Minds – Scott Barry Kaufman is cognitive psychologist who blogs about development of intelligence, creativity, and personality at Scientific American.
16. Knowing Neurons – great blog aimed at university students.
17. BrainBlog – Neuropsychologist Anthony Risser has been blogging about the brain since 2004, which might make him one of the longest standing brain bloggers out there. I love that one of his aims is to point visitors to lesser-known academic and clinical centres around the world to try to get these sites some additional visitors.
18. Brain Posts – Physician, writer and photographer William Yates has the most beautiful images in his blog. Brain Posts translates neuroscience research into better care for brain disorders. In 2014 he has a theme a month to write about, starting in January with obesity, cognition and weight loss, followed by exercise in February.
19. Garden of the Mind – is written by “neuroscientist-mama-science writer” Rebecca Schwarzlose. Her blog is a strange brew of science (particularly but not exclusively neuroscience and psychology) and reflections on everyday life.
21. Your Brain Health – The whip-smart, gorgeous, generous, and somewhat cheeky neuroscientist turned science writer Dr Sarah McKay breaks down neuroscience research into simple actionable steps to improve brain health. Everyday neuroscience for you!
P.s. Another new site launched this year is Neuro TV – filmed discussions between scientists and philosophers who try to understand the brain and the mind. Exciting stuff!
Hey – think I’ve missed out anyone amazing? Let me know in the comments below.
About Dr Sarah
I’m an Oxford University-educated neuroscientist, presenter of ABC Catalyst, director of The Neuroscience Academy, and author of The Women's Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness.
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