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The Neuroscience of Better Health & Communication with Dr. Sarah McKay

Dr. Sarah McKay is an Australian-based (Kiwi-born) neuroscientist, speaker, author, and founder of Think Brain and the Neuroscience Academy suite of training programs. She graduated Oxford University with a MSc and DPhil in neuroscience. After five years of postdoctoral research in spinal cord injury, Sarah hung up her lab coat to found Think Brain, which offers a global audience online professional development programs in applied neuroscience and women’s brain health.

Sarah is the author of The Women’s Brain Book: The Neuroscience of Health, Hormones and Happiness. Her second book, Baby Brain: The Surprising Neuroscience of How Pregnancy and Motherhood Sculpt Our Brains and Change Our Minds (For The Better). She has been published extensively for consumers, academic, and professional audiences. She’s been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Grazia, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and Body & Soul, and can be seen and heard on SBS Insight, ABC TV and radio, Mamamia, and on stage at Business Chicks, Canberra Writers’ Festival and Happiness and Its Causes.

Most importantly, Sarah is a mum to two teenage boys, a sailor (co-captaincy shared with husband), a botanical artist, and an ocean swimmer. Sarah and her Irish husband call Sydney’s Northern Beaches home.


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How does brain development influence our communication across different genders and ages?

The human brain is a complex organ. It enables you to foster better communication, which allows you to thrive in everything from your relationships to your performance. Every day we learn more and more about how it operates. Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience have started unraveling the mysteries of how hormones play a crucial role in shaping brain development and neuroplasticity.

I’m excited to do a deep dive on this topic with our guest today. Dr. Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist, speaker, and founder of Think Brain and the Neuroscience Academy’s suite of training programs. She’s also the author of The Women’s Brain Book: The Neuroscience of Health, Hormones and Happiness.

Your brain changes throughout your entire lifespan, and some of these changes can be fairly significant. But these changes are important in structuring not just how your brain functions, but your ability to form social connections during adolescence and beyond. Listen in as Dr. McKay talks about how your brain develops, what you can do to optimize your brain performance and enhance your ability to communicate effectively with people across generations.

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"You can spend a lot of time looking at personal optimization, but your brain evolved to connect with others and shifting towards that focus will give you the greatest results."

Dr. Sarah McKay

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**This week’s show notes are taken from the video — enjoy!**

  • This is when Dr. McKay started considering women’s health through the lens of neuroscience. [2:43]
  • Do hormones play a role in neuroplasticity? Here’s Dr. McKay’s answer. [4:36]
  • This is the actual difference between the male and female brain. [8:38]
  • Here’s how you can harness your unique plasticity to overcome struggles. [12:21]
  • This is the greatest influence on brain and body health outcomes. [13:54]
  • Here’s how you can foster healthier connections. [17:07]
  • You can incorporate these tips into your everyday life to optimize your brain performance. [20:34]
  • Take a screenshot, tag us (@jimkwik & @drsarahmckay), and share your biggest learning from this episode.
  • Be sure to grab a copy of Dr. McKay’s book, The Women’s Brain Book, here.
  • To learn more about Dr. McKay, including her books, talks, courses, and more, visit her website, here.



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