Optimize Your Brain with Science-based Tools | Episode 8

02.22.2021 - By Huberman Lab

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In this episode, I describe how to access focused learning bouts, creative states, and the underlying neural circuitry involved. I frame this in the context of our daily 24-hour cycle in order to make it practical, clear and precise about timing. I review the role of fasting, meal timing and specific types of nutrients for promoting certain states of mind. I also review various other tools and biological factors that directly or indirectly gate brain function and that we can control. I answer commonly asked questions about the science of psychedelics, binaural beats, and visualization. Thank you for your interest in science! Thank you to our sponsors: InsideTracker - http://insidetracker.com/huberman Athletic Greens - http://athleticgreens.com/huberman   Our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/andrewhuberman   Supplements from Thorne: http://www.thorne.com/u/huberman   Links I mention: Spike Jonze/Kenzo Perfume: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoMqvniiEkk Dr. Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Czeisler Reveri Health (Free) Research Supported Hypnosis: https://reverihealth.com/ The NSDR I do every day (30 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEw5BkK9K9A&t;=15s   Timestamps below. 00:00 Introduction 04:53 The Daily (Learning) Routine 07:13 Plasticity Is NOT the Goal 09:26 No Obligation To Change 09:59 Practical Plasticity Language 13:37 Pillars of Neuroplasticity 15:16 My Daily Routine: Chronotype Management 17:20 Plasticity of the Wake-Sleep Circuit: Morning Light 19:09 Delay Caffeine! 21:19 Light, Black Coffee, Hydrate 22:57 High Alertness, Linear Tasks/Learning 25:12 Background Music/Noise: Yay or Nay? 26:52 “GO” versus “NO-GO”: The Basal Ganglia & Dopamine 28:37 Leveraging GO, NO-GO 30:08 Non-Specific Action 32:06 Clear, Calm, Focused: The GO, NO-GO Sweet Spot 33:48 When Very Alert, Work In Silence; When Tired, Include Background Noise 35:28 Temperaments Vary: And So Should This 36:01 The 3 Hour-Long Post Waking Block 36:20 Early Morning Exercise and GO Networks 38:05 Fasting, Ketogenic Diets, & Food Volume 39:41 Sodium/Electrolytes 40:57 Avoiding Hot Lunch, Food Pre-Occupation 42:01 Post Lunch Low/No Cognitive Load 42:56 Hydration, NSDR, Nap 44:54 Creativity Work 46:26 Creativity Is A Two-Part Phenomenon 51:15 Psychedelics 58:20 Afternoon Light As Insurance 1:00:26 Evening Nutrition 1:01:21 Repacking Glycogen: Hormonal Factors 1:04:11 Pre-Sleep Anxiety: Normal and Easy To Solve 1:07:08 The Power of Objective Tools 1:08:14 Visualization 1:11:34 Mini-Synthesis 1:13:31 Resetting Your Clock 1:15:55 Don’t Trust the Mind Now 1:16:59 Two, (Maybe 3) Optimization Bouts Per Day 1:18:33 Organizational Logic 1:20:22 Wim Hof Breathing, Binaural Beats, Ice Baths, Etc. 1:24:42 Variation Among People, and Dogs 1:25:49 Accurate Versus Exhaustive 1:27:57 Familiar and New Ways To Support   Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman's teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed. [Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac https://www.blabacphoto.com/]

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