Dr Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist and science communicator who specializes in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity, health and well being.
Sarah grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and she completed BSc(Hons) at Otago University before heading to Oxford University for her Masters and PhD training. She sums up her thesis with the words, ‘Nature, Nurture or Neuroplasticity’. After moving to Sydney, Australia, she completed five years postdoctoral research in brain plasticity and injury research. She then hung up her lab coach to pursue a career in science communications.
Sarah is the author of The Women’s Brain Book—The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness which explores the female lifespan through the lens of neurobiology. Sarah is the director of The Neuroscience Academy, which offers professional development program in applied neuroscience and brain health.
Sarah has been published extensively for consumers and professional audiences being quoted in multiple publications and media sources.
In this episode we discuss:
- Dr McKay’s journey and career in neuroscience
- Myths and misconceptions about hormones as they pertain to emotional experiences in women and adolescents
- How psychosocial components play just as much of a factor in emotions as your hormones and how you can’t always chalk it up to your menstrual cycle
- Neuroplasticity and building brain resilience into old age through lifelong learning