The Active Brain theme at RISE investigates interrelationships between human movement and the brain, seeking to optimise health and performance.
The area addresses neurocognitive health across the lifespan, investigating exercise and physical activity as both a treatment and means to understand diseases spanning mental health to dementia. Collectives such as the Australian Brain Alliance and its international counterparts highlight the worldwide priority in better understanding the human brain.
In sport and military contexts, where environmental and physical stresses can impact substantially on an individual’s decision making, understanding the brain will unlock higher and more resilient performance. In a number of occupational and sporting settings, environmental and physical stresses can impact on decision-making. Building on existing work with Australian Institute of Sport and Australian Army (HPRnet funding 2017-2020), we are developing strategies for improving the safety and performance of individuals across a variety of sectors.