Forgetful, confused and a bit cranky? Here are some scientifically proven ways to lift your lockdown mood

Studies show prolonged isolation takes a toll on our memory and attention. Fortunately, there are small steps you can take to mitigate lockdown brain

Rifling through his cupboards for an unopened ballroom dance class DVD was an evidence-based decision for Brett Hayes.

A professor of psychology at University New South Wales who focuses on cognition, Hayes was reviewing the literature that has emerged from waves of coronavirus lockdowns and saw the positive impact that both exercise and socialising had on people’s cognitive health during extended periods of isolation.

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Category: Mental Health