The Neuroscience School

Get the latest neuroscience research to become more effective in life and work, all in one place.

How would you like to have your own personal researcher in neuroscience?

Keep reading to learn how.

I'm Dr. Irena O'Brien, PhD. I'm a neuroscientist and I've been studying and researching neuroscience for the past 20 years. If you're fascinated by the brain, you've come to the right place.

I founded The Neuroscience School because I'm dismayed by the hype around everything brain-related these days - We see the word "neuro" used everywhere and much of it is nothing more than marketing. Many make questionable claims that have only a tenuous relationship with research, are taken out of context or blown out of proportion. 

My goal with The Neuroscience School is to bring you neuroscience information and training to help you live your best life. To live your best life, you need to keep your brain in optimal shape. Contrary to what you see and hear in the media, it takes more than brain hacks. It takes an understanding of your brain so that you can work with it rather than against it. And when you work with your brain, you're stronger and sharper, and able to accomplish more, in all areas of your life.  

Everything here is backed by credible, substantial, and independent research. I spend most of my time studying and researching the latest in brain research so the information I offer is up to date and I'm continuously developing new content. 

Did you know that:

  • Your physical health is the most important contributor to emotional intelligence? In fact, optimizing your physical health is the most important thing you can do for your brain.
  • You can train yourself to fail without knowing it?
  • You can protect yourself from the negative consequences of stress by changing your beliefs about stress?
  • Your brain continues to grow new neurons and form new connections throughout your life?

You can see that the neuroscience research I talk about has real, practical impact. It's not just information that you file in the back of your mind and don't use.

Because neuroscience is such an important topic and there's so much misinformation about, I sat down and figured out a way to get you the most up-to-date information about brain science in the most economical format. The way you can do that is through my online programmes.

The habits course was an excellent balance of content and room for participant discussion and questions. Irena is warm, engaging and full of integrity and intelligence!  She does all the hard work of researching and collating and presenting really valuable research to help us improve our coaching practice.  Thanks Irena for all you do to support so many.  

Kim Davis

 As a professional coach, the benefit to me understanding Neuroscience is simple - everyone has a brain and it is the source of our thoughts, decision-making abilities, emotions and creativity. The Neuroscience School provides complete & comprehensive suite of resources and information to draw and learn from. The knowledge I have accumulated this past year, has helped me to train, connect and lead at higher levels of human ability.  

Eva Jenkins

Neuroscience, the science of the brain and nervous system, is the field coaches and counsellors are working in with every client they meet. Dr. Irena O'Brien helps us take the science and extract practical, actionable tools and strategies to deliver results to clients. She is the real deal: patient, smart, and the person I turn to when I want to understand how to do better. 

Andrea J. Lee


Masterclasses where we dive deep into topics relevant to coaches. 

Research Digests

Regular summaries of relevant, emerging research with a practitioner view 

Q & A

Weekly calls in the Certificate Programmes, where you can ask questions and get answers

Here's a sampling of our latest masterclasses.

New Theory of Emotion

Learn how emotions are not built-in but made from more basic parts, how they are not universal but vary from culture to culture, how they are not triggered but created, how we construct our own emotional experiences, and our perceptions of others’ emotions on the spot, as needed, and how there's no such thing as the 'amygdala hijack.'

we construct our own emotional experiences, and our perceptions of others’ emotions on the spot, as needed
exercise protects against cognitive decline and dementia associated with age

Sleep and Brain Health

Learn how much sleep we really need, how sleep enhances learning and memory, how even 6 hours of sleep a night can reduce alertness and mental flexibility, how a weekend of "normal" sleep is not enough to make up for a week of short sleep, how chronic short sleep may lead to brain injury, and how napping can mitigate the effects of a night of short sleep.

Exercise and Brain Health

Learn how exercise improves attention and cognitive functioning in children, how it protects against brain atrophy and cognitive decline associated with aging, how it can have immediate cognitive benefits, how exercise is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, and how it can even lead to epigenetic changes.


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