Dr. Michael Keane is a Behavioural Neuroscientist, Chartered Psychologist, Founder and CEO of Ireland’s foremost Neuroscience-led Psychology Clinic (Actualise) and the Neuroscience Consultant and a contributor to the Where is My Mind Podcast.
He is a former University Lecturer and founder of NUI Galway’s first scientific laboratories for investigating brain functioning. Widely published, and a reviewer for several academic journals, he is also the Neuroscientific Lead on the Mental Health Advisory Panel of A Lust For Life, a multi award-winning mental health charity.
Dr. Keane works as advisor and coach to a wide portfolio of global corporate organisations, provincial and international athletes, pilots, surgeons, musicians and leadership teams. Using Neuroscience education, brain imaging and interactive brain technologies, Michael works with these professionals to foster a deeper understanding of the mechanics, capabilities and potential of the human brain.
The essence of Michael’s work is anchored in the premise that we have an ‘old brain for a new world’. Whilst our brain has evolved over millions of years into a finely-tuned supercomputer, it is not built to deal with the demands of modern society. Michael is emerging as a thought leader in how we can use Neuroscience to empower resilience and wellbeing.
He is currently completing a medical degree to deepen his understanding of how both brain and body can be maintained and evolved to flourish in a world moving too fast for too many.
Why Michael wanted to be involved in Marathon Mind
"It's impossible not to be inspired by the personal stories of the hundreds and hundreds of people who applied to be part of Marathon Mind. But also to see the vision of the Marathon Mind Project, and what it is aiming to achieve, and what I know it can bring to peoples' lives, is nothing like I've seen before. When Bressie asked me to join the team, I immediately jumped at the chance. And I certainly feel like I am in esteemed company!
I'll do 3D functional brain imaging of the participants before they begin the journey, and as they go through it. We'll use that as one of the ways to measure their progress. Mental health - both problems and progress - can be notoriously hard to measure. I have always believed that using brain data to physically demonstrate to people what depression looks like, or addiction, or anxiety, or recovery, can be really powerful. People are often told 'it's just in your head' or 'snap out of it' or 'you don't have it as bad as others'. I show them a 3D model of how their brain is functioning, and we can see the impact that experiences and psychological states have on how their brains are working. That is incredibly powerful and validating."