Travel & the Brain

The Traveller’s Dilemma: How Much Planning is Too Much? Insights from the Yerkes-Dodson Law

With travel info on the web overflowing like a garbage heap and lost faith in the Lonely Planet, we find ourselves unsure of how to navigate the tenuous line between too much and too little planning. Encounters with the unknown abide by the Yerkes-Dodson Law – you have to find that sweet spot in the… Read More The Traveller’s Dilemma: How Much Planning is Too Much? Insights from the Yerkes-Dodson Law

Travel & the Brain

What its like to Live in Medellin, Colombia’s Former Cocaine Capital & the Neuroscience of Addiction

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to Medellin. Its charm and idiosyncrasies were not lost on us.  While the cocaine cartels no longer overshadow life in the city, the white powder trail around the Gringo beat is ever present. Here I’ll explore the effects of drugs on the brain and the neuroscience of addiction.… Read More What its like to Live in Medellin, Colombia’s Former Cocaine Capital & the Neuroscience of Addiction

Mental Well-being

The Neuroscience of “Living Large and In Charge”: 7 Habits to Think About

Like the title of this article, the internet is in no short supply of overly simplistic, step-by-step self-help guides. Whether or not the induced nausea is all part of the cleansing process is still up for debate. What’s not in question though is that if advice is not evidence-based, its not really advice at all.… Read More The Neuroscience of “Living Large and In Charge”: 7 Habits to Think About

Travel & Art

Poetry from Patagonia: The Man and his Dog

Inspired by the lovely poem I received from my mother on my most recent birthday, I decided to publish the poem that I wrote for Mischa’s birthday earlier this year. I won’t be winning any literature prizes, but I think it captures a certain aspect of the rugged mountain life of southern Patagonia.

Mental Well-being, Travel & the Brain

Airport Anxiety and the Neuroscience of Panic Attacks

Airports are the breeding grounds for panic because they impinge heavily on our basic sense of control and agency. The neuroscience of panic disorder shows us how this takes place in the brain. 

Travel & the Brain

The Language Barrier to Paradise: Backing away in Valparaiso and the neuropsychology of language development.

In Valparaiso the language barrier took its toll. With it came a profound sense of disconnection. What can neuroscience tell us about how we develop language? 

Mental Well-being

Wine in Chile & Argentina & The Social History of “Problem Drinking”

What is “too much” when it comes to holiday drinking? Hard to say. History shows us that attitudes towards “problem drinking” tell us as much about the ideologies of a given society than it does about alcohol itself.  Travel and vacation has a way of relaxing inhibitions when it comes to alcohol consumption. Wouldn’t you… Read More Wine in Chile & Argentina & The Social History of “Problem Drinking”

Mental Well-being, Travel & the Brain

Travel, Anxiety and Fear of the Unknown: Insights from the Brain

Fear of the unknown is a common challenge for anyone wanting to travel abroad. According to neuroscience, we fear the unknown because our brains are, inherently, prediction machines. In unfamiliar settings, the brain goes on “threat-mode” as it tries to get a handle on its surroundings.

Travel & the Brain

Monkey Puzzles of Pucon: The Oldest Tree in the World and our Ancient Brain

In Arizona, Australia and some parts of Europe, you will find fossilized remains of Araucaria araucana – the Monkey Puzzle tree – once the fine fodder of dinosaurs nearly a quarter billion years ago. But high up in the Andes in small pockets of Southern Chile, these botanical totems are alive, some almost 1200 years… Read More Monkey Puzzles of Pucon: The Oldest Tree in the World and our Ancient Brain

Mental Well-being

Minimal Living and other Zen Habits on the El Bolson Trek.

Take a trek through the mountains of El Bolson for an experience of minimal living. I have recently become quite fascinated by a lifestyle called “minimalism”. Minimalism is about being conscientious of how we consume “stuff”.