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The Huberman Lab Podcast discusses Neuroscience: how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body controls our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health.

We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works.

Dr. Andrew Huberman is a tenured Professor of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine. His laboratory studies neural regeneration and neuroplasticity, and brain states such as stress, focus, fear, and optimal performance.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Huberman has consistently published original research findings and review articles in top-level peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Cell, Neuron, and Current Biology.

He is a regular member of several National Institutes of Health review panels, and a Fellow of the McKnight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Huberman regularly consults for technology development companies, professional athletic organizations, and for various units of U.S. and Canadian Special Operations.

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The Huberman Lab Podcast discusses Neuroscience: how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body controls our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health.

We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works.

Dr. Andrew Huberman is a tenured Professor of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine. His laboratory studies neural regeneration and neuroplasticity, and brain states such as stress, focus, fear, and optimal performance.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Huberman has consistently published original research findings and review articles in top-level peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Cell, Neuron, and Current Biology.

He is a regular member of several National Institutes of Health review panels, and a Fellow of the McKnight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Huberman regularly consults for technology development companies, professional athletic organizations, and for various units of U.S. and Canadian Special Operations.

    Optimize Your Brain with Science-based Tools | Episode 8

    Optimize Your Brain with Science-based Tools | Episode 8

    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!
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    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/]

    • 1 hr 30 min
    How to Learn Faster by Using Failures, Movement & Balance | Episode 7

    How to Learn Faster by Using Failures, Movement & Balance | Episode 7

    In this episode I discuss how we can use specific types of behavior to change our brain, both for sake of learning the movements themselves and for allowing us to learn non-movement based information as well. I describe the key role that errors plays in triggering our brains to change and how the vestibular (balance) system can activate and amplify neuroplasticity. As always, I cover science, and science-based practical tools. Thank you in advance for your questions and for your interest in science!
    Thank you to our sponsors:
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    http://www.thorne.com/u/huberman Timestamps below.
    00:00:00: Introduction 00:06:20: Nerves and Muscles 00:12:00: Exercise alone won’t change your brain 00:12:58: Behavior will change your brain 00:13:30: Remembering the wrong things 00:15:00: Behavior as the gate to plasticity 00:15:45: Types of Plasticity 00:17:32: Errors Not Flow Trigger Plasticity 00:21:30: Mechanisms of Plasticity 00:22:30: What to learn when you are young 00:23:50: Alignment of your brain maps: neuron sandwiches 00:26:00: Wearing Prisms On Your Face 00:29:10: The KEY Trigger Plasticity 00:32:20: Frustration Is the Feeling to Follow (Further into Learning) 00:33:10: Incremental Learning 00:35:30: Huberman Free Throws 00:38:50: Failure Specificity Triggers Specific Plastic Changes 00:40:20: Triggering Rapid, Massive Plasticity Made Possible 00:43:25: Addiction 00:45:25: An Example of Ultradian-Incremental Learning 00:49:42: Bad Events 00:51:55: Surprise! 00:52:00: Making Dopamine Work For You (Not The Other Way Around) 00:53:20: HOW to release dopamine 00:55:00: (Mental) Performance Enhancing Drugs 00:56:00: Timing Your Learning 00:57:36: (Chem)Trails of Neuroplasticity 00:58:57: The Three Key Levers To Accelerate Plasticity 00:59:15: Limbic Friction: Finding Clear, Calm and Focused 01:04:25: The First Question To Ask Yourself Before Learning 01:05:00: Balance 01:07:45: Cerebellum 01:10:00: Flow States Are Not The Path To Learning 01:11:18: Novelty and Instability Are Key 01:14:55: How to Arrive At Learning 01:15:45: The Other Reason Kids Learn Faster Than Adults 01:19:25: Learning French and Other Things Faster 01:22:00: Yoga versus Science 01:32:00: Closing Remarks 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/]

    • 1 hr 28 min
    How to Focus to Change Your Brain | Episode 6

    How to Focus to Change Your Brain | Episode 6

    This episode introduces neuroplasticity- which is how our brain and nervous system learns and acquires new capabilities. I describe the differences between childhood and adult neuroplasticity, the chemicals involved and how anyone can increase their rate and depth of learning by leveraging the science of focus. I describe specific tools for increasing focus and learning. The next two episodes will cover the ideal protocols for specific types of learning and how to make learning new information more reflexive.
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    InsideTracker - http://insidetracker.com/huberman Headspace - http://headspace.com/specialoffer Madefor - http://getmadefor.com/ -- code: Huberman Supplements from Thorne:
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    Reference: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(16)30332-3?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982216303323%3Fshowall%3Dtrue
    Timestamps below.
    00:00 Introduction 03:50 Plasticity: What Is it, & What Is It For? 06:30 Babies and Potato Bugs 08:00 Customizing Your Brain 08:50 Hard-Wired Versus Plastic Brains 10:25 Everything Changes At 25 12:29 Costello and Your Hearing 13:10 The New Neuron Myth 14:10 Anosmia: Losing Smell 15:13 Neuronal Birthdays Near Our Death Day 16:45 Circumstances for Brain Change 17:21 Brain Space 18:30 No Nose, Eyes, Or Ears 19:30 Enhanced Hearing and Touch In The Blind 20:20 Brain Maps of The Body Plan 21:00 The Kennard Principle (Margaret Kennard) 21:36 Maps of Meaning 23:00 Awareness Cues Brain Change 25:20 The Chemistry of Change 26:15 A Giant Lie In The Universe 27:10 Fathers of Neuroplasticity/Critical Periods 29:30 Competition Is The Route to Plasticity 32:30 Correcting The Errors of History 33:29 Adult Brain Change: Bumps and Beeps 36:25 What It Takes to Learn 38:15 Adrenalin and Alertness 40:18 The Acetylcholine Spotlight 42:26 The Chemical Trio For Massive Brain Change 44:10 Ways To Change Your Brain 46:16 Love, Hate, & Shame: all the same chemical 47:30 The Dopamine Trap 49:40 Nicotine for Focus 52:30 Sprinting 53:30 How to Focus 55:22 Adderall: Use & Abuse 56:40 Seeing Your Way To Mental Focus 1:02:59 Blinking 1:05:30 And Ear Toward Learning 1:06:14 The Best Listeners In The World 1:07:20 Agitation is Key 1:07:40 ADHD & ADD: Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder 1:12:00 Ultra(dian) Focus 1:13:30 When Real Change Occurs 1:16:20 How Much Learning Is Enough? 1:16:50 Learning In (Optic) Flow/Mind Drift 1:18:16 Synthesis/Summary 1:25:15 Learning With Repetition, Forming Habits  
    As always, thank you for your interest in science!
    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/]

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Understanding and Using Dreams to Learn and to Forget | Episode 5

    Understanding and Using Dreams to Learn and to Forget | Episode 5

    This episode is all about the two major kinds of dreams and the sorts of learning and unlearning they are used for. I discuss REM-associated dreams that control emotional learning and their similarity to various trauma treatments such as ketamine and EMDR. I also discuss Non-REM dreams and their role in motor learning and learning of detailed, non-emotionally-laden information. I relate this to science-backed tools for accessing more of the types of sleep and learning people may want. Other topics are listed in the time stamps below.
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    http://www.thorne.com/u/huberman Timestamps below.
    00:00 Introduction 03:00 The Dream Mask 06:00 Cycling Sleep 08:10 Chemical Cocktails of Sleep 13:00 Motor Learning 16:30 High Performance with Less Sleep 17:45 Rapid Eye Movement Sleep 20:30 Paralysis & Hallucinations 23:35 Nightmares 24:45 When REM & Waking Collide 25:00 Sleeping While Awake 26:45 Alien Abductions 29:00 Irritability 30:00 Sleep to Delete 32:25 Creating Meaning 34:10 Adults Acting Like Children 36:20 Trauma & REM 37:15 EMDR 39:10 Demo 44:25 Ketamine / PCP 45:45 Soup, Explosions, & NMDA 48:55 Self Therapy 50:30 Note About Hormones 51:40 Measuring REM / SWS 53:15 Sleep Consistency 56:00 Bed Wetting 58:00 Serotonin 59:00 Increasing SWS 59:50 Lucidity 1:02:15 Booze / Weed 1:03:50 Scripting Dreams 1:04:35 Theory of Mind 1:07:55 Synthesis 1:10:00 Intermittent Sleep Deprivation 1:11:10 Snoring Disclaimer 1:11:40 New Topic 1:15:50 Corrections 1:17:25 Closing Remarks As always, thank you for your interest in science!
    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/]

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Find Your "Temperature Minimum" to Defeat Jetlag, Shift Work & Sleeplessness | Episode 4

    Find Your "Temperature Minimum" to Defeat Jetlag, Shift Work & Sleeplessness | Episode 4

    In this episode I discuss a simple and reliable measurement called your "temperature minimum" that you can use to rapidly adjust to new times zones when traveling, and to offset the bad effects of nocturnal shift work. I also discuss tools for adjusting sleep and waking rhythms in babies, teens, new parents and the elderly.
    Thank you to our sponsors:
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    Timestamps below.
    00:00 - Introduction 04:15 - The bedrock of sleep-rest cycles 07:05 - Night owls and morning larks 08:22 - “The perfect schedule” 11:04 - The 100K Lux per morning goal 15:15 - Keeping your biological clock set 16:15 - Reset your cortisol 21:22 - Jetlag, death and lifespan 23:00 - Going East versus West 28:45 - The key to clock control 31:01 - Your Temperature Minimum 36:30 - Temperature and Exercise 41:20 - Eating 42:50 - Go West 44:15 - Pineal myths and realities 51:13 - The Heat-Cold Paradox 53:45 - Staying on track 55:30 - Nightshades 57:00 - Emergency resets 57:30 - Psychosis by light 58:05 - Shift work 1:02:40 - The Temperature-Light Rule 1:04:20 - Up all night: watch the sunrise? 1:06:45 - Error correction is good 1:08:20 - NSDR protocols/implementation 1:10:44 - The frog skin in your eye (not a joke) 1:16:39 - Why stress turns your hair white 1:17:24 - Ovaries or testes? 1:18:25 - Babies and bright light 1:21:40 - Polyphasic sleep 1:25:25 - Ultradian cycles in children 1:27:38 - Teens and puberty 1:29:50 - Light before waking for better sleep 1:31:20 - Older people and cicadian rhythms 1:33:48 - Sleepy Supplements 1:42:00 - Red Pills & Acupuncture 1:43:50 - Highlights 1:48:30 - Feedback and Support As always, thank you for your interest in science!
    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/]

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Using Science to Optimize Sleep, Learning & Metabolism | Episode 3

    Using Science to Optimize Sleep, Learning & Metabolism | Episode 3

    “Office Hours” — In this episode I answer your most commonly asked questions about science-supported tools for accessing more alertness, better learning, and quality sleep. I also cover when to exercise, time meals, and how to systematically vary your temperature to achieve specific effects on your nervous system.
    Thank you to our sponsors:
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    0:00 - Introduction 5:50 - Moonlight & Fire 9:25 - Red Light: Good & Bad 15:45 - Why Blue-Blockers Are Unscientific 19:20 - Eyeglasses, Contact Lenses & Windows 22:05 - Adding Up Your Lights 24:30 - “Netflix Inoculation” With Light 25:25 - How The Planet Controls Your Energy 27:00 - A Season For Breeding (?) 31:15 - Melatonin / Serotonin 33:50 - Epinephrine vs Adrenaline: Same? Different? 35:00 - Exercise & Your Sleep 40:30 - Neuroplasticity & Food/Chemicals/NSDR 44:10 - Using Sound & Smell To Learn Faster 46:45 - Dream Meaning & Remembering 48:15 - Waking Up Paralyzed 49:40 - Nap/Focus Ratios For Accelerated Learning 52:45 - Hypnotizing Yourself 54:05 - Smart Drugs 1:01:10 - Magnesium: Yay, Nay, or Meh? 1:02:10 - How Apigenin Works 1:04:30 - Serotonin: Slippery Slope 1:05:35 - The Frog Experiment 1:08:35 - Temperature 1:10:30 - Morning Chills 1:28:00 - Eating For Heating 1:30:30 - Vagal Pathways For Gut-Brain Dialogue 1:31:50 - Sex Differences 1:33:50 - Self Experimentation As always, thank you for your interest in science!
    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/]

    • 1 hr 41 min

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