26th February 2017

Deakin Edge, Melbourne

Engage with our world leading experts and 

harness the latest insights from neuroscience 

that could transform your life.

Q: Have you ever wondered if you could change your brain? 

Q: Do you know how to retrain your brain to improve your intelligence, learn new skills, be happier and have more positive relationships? 

Q: Do you or someone you love suffer from learning difficulties or mental health concerns? 

Neuroplasticity, simply put, is the ability of the brain to change and rewire itself over one’s lifetime. 

Neuroplasticity studies over the past decades have helped us to discover the phenomenal potential we have for change including personal strategies for strengthening and sustaining organic brain health as well as assisting those who are suffering from learning disorders or brain injuries.

Business Brain Mapping is very proud to present an afternoon with two of the world’s leaders in the science of neuroplasticity, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young and Dr. Michael Merzenich.

Join Barbara, Michael and Joe at Deakin Edge on Sunday 26th February 2017 as they share with us their research, application and the results of how we can change your brain in life, learning, work and play.

On the Front Lines of the Brain Plasticity Revolution. 

Growing Brainpower; Managing Brain Health.

Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD 

Dr. Merzenich is a powerhouse in the world of neuroplasticity. His work has revolutionised the way we view the brain’s plasticity and he was the consulting neuroscientist on Todd Sampson’s Redesign Your Brain series.

He has been granted nearly 100 patents, and he and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity. In 2016, Dr. Merzenich was awarded one of the world's top neuroscience prizes, the Kavli Prize, for his achievements in the field of brain plasticity.

Dr Merzenich will take you through how neuroplasticity studies conducted over the past several decades have helped define the ‘brain rules’ governing personal empowerment and growth and how they also provide us with an increasingly clear understanding of the neurological bases of origin of neurological/psychiatric impairment and ‘illness’. 

 Most recently, they’re the basis of new insights into personal strategies for strengthening and sustaining organic brain health.  

Dr Merzenich will review this new translational science, considering the implications it bears for a program of personal growth, as well its extensions into the rapidly-evolving domains of brain health management and brain plasticity-based medicine. 

He’ll describe the ways that intensive neurobehavioral engagement most efficiently achieved via progressive computer-controlled brain training can positively (or negatively) alter organic brain how intensive training in the right forms can reverse the signature deficits of neurological aging, and explain the medical implications that those studies bear re growing and managing organic brain health.

And finally he will consider how this science may apply to your life, or to the lives of those struggling individuals that you may be licensed, or are dedicated to help. 

Listen here for the interview with Michael on ABC Ballarat 24 February 2017:

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program. She holds a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph, and a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto.   

Her life has been a quest to help individuals address their learning difficulties, so they can experience the ease and joy of learning, and to have the cognitive capacities in place to realise their dreams.

Her work, begun in 1978, has been recognized as one of the first examples of the practical application of neuroplasticity. The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program’s cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, a description of which appears in her book, “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.

Barbara will talk about her journey of discovery, the lines of research she combined and the outcomes achieved over her 35 years as an educator and researcher. 

She will describe a number of learning disorders, from those that impact the learner in school to those that affect us in life. She will discuss ‘cognitive glitches’ - those areas of weakness that we are all familiar with and often explain away by saying, “I am just not good at directions, recognising faces, remembering words, etc.” 

She will also discuss ‘cognitive mismatches’ – situations we find ourselves in where the demand of the task is incompatible with our cognitive functioning and the challenges this presents. 

Barbara will take us through the principles of neuroplasticity and the factors leading to both positive and negative brain change.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Shaping the Mind

Elise Bialylew

Elise Bialylew is the founder of Mindful in May, the online global mindfulness campaign that teaches thousands of people each year to meditate whilst raising funds to build clean water projects in the developing world. A doctor trained in psychiatry turned social entrepreneur, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools to flourish and offers workshops and training through The Mind Life Project. Her work has featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and on Australian Television. 

Elise will share with you how mindfulness has impacted her own life and led her on an unexpected trajectory from training in Psychiatry to becoming a social entrepreneur.

She will take you through how she used her medical knowledge of the power of neuroplasticity and mindfulness to create a global mindfulness campaign, Mindful in May, that has taught thousands of people around the world mindfulness practice for greater wellbeing and made a positive impact around issues of global poverty.

Elise will share with you preliminary findings from her research around the Mindful in May campaign which suggest how much mindfulness practice is enough to have a positive impact in our lives.

Finally, Elise will take you through a guided mindfulness practice which will warm up your neural pathways towards greater focus, and emotional balance.

Mindful in May

Master of ceremonies

Professor Joe Graffam

Professor Joe Graffam is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training and Performance Enhancement) of Deakin University. 

Joe is also Professor and Chair in Psychology. He has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. Joe held early career positions as a researcher in the Neuropsychiatric Institute, School of Medicine, UCLA. Since commencing with Deakin University, Joe has filled several senior academic positions within the Faculty of Health. 

More recently, he served as Chair of the Academic Board of the University. He has received two Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellent Contribution: Research – Research Facilitation (2004); and People, Culture and Change (2009). 

He has served on numerous University committees and working groups and been a member of the Academic Board since 2005. Joe’s research has focused on development and application of an ecological model for the study of community integration of people with a disability. 

He has an international reputation and served for several years on the Ministerial Disability Industry Advisory Group. Since 2000, he has also studied reintegration of ex-prisoners and is developing an international reputation in this area as well.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend time with Michael, Barbara, Elise and Joe in one unique afternoon of insights and inspiration on how changing your brain can transform your life.




Individual: $85

Group of four: $320

Consider an early lunch or dinner in the city with friends!



Sunday 26th February 2017

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

12.30 - 4.30 pm

The books available for purchase on the day and personally signed:

Soft-Wired by Dr Michael Merzenich

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

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