Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Wintink is the Director of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1998 with an Honor’s in Psychology. Mandy completed her Master’s of Arts degree at Brock University specializing in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2000 and earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Dalhousie University in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2005. Following her PhD work, Mandy earned an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship to study in the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.

The Centre for Applied Neuroscience has this intention: “We have made it our goal (and job!) to tell you about the neuroscience that affects you in all the important aspect of your life. There has been a tremendous amount of knowledge gained about how the brain works. We believe it is important to share this knowledge with you and help you apply it to your own life. Understanding how your mind-body-brain works is your opportunity to get the most of your life.”

In addition to her research into science and the brain, Mandy is a yoga teacher, mentor and heavily involved in sports (both in coaching and sports psychology).

Paul was excited to talk with Mandy about what is happening to our brains when we are being creative and innovative. This fascinating conversation takes you inside the brain and Mandy helps explain what is happening biologically in various situations. Subjects range from stress to work/life balance to relationships. Mandy covers it all!

For tons of information about the intersection between positive psychology and neuroscience and how it is furthering human potential, check out the website for The Centre for Applied Neuroscience: KnowYourBrain.ca. Follow Mandy on Twitter @ajwintink.