1 hr 46 min

Using Play to Rewire & Improve Your Brain Huberman Lab

    • Health & Fitness

In this episode, I discuss the transformative nature of play—how it changes our feelings, thoughts and actions and indeed, how it can rewire our brain to function better in all contexts. I explain the role of play in childhood, as well as adulthood in skill and social development and describe key characteristics of the mind and body during play. Additionally, I explore how play allows the brain to test contingencies in different roles/environments. Throughout, I discuss the underlying neurobiology of play. I also describe how low-stakes play, and tinkering can broaden and shape your future capabilities. Finally, I discuss how our childhood ‘personal play identity’ informs our adult personality. Throughout the episode, I use the science of play to outline recommendations for using play as a means to enhance neuroplasticity and explore novel situations, regardless of age.

Thank you to our sponsors
AG1 (Athletic Greens) - https://www.athleticgreens.com/huberman
ROKA - https://www.roka.com - code "huberman"
Helix Sleep: http://helixsleep.com/huberman

Our Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/andrewhuberman

Supplements from Thorne:
https://www.thorne.com/u/huberman

Social & Website
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hubermanlab
Twitter - https://twitter.com/hubermanlab
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hubermanlab
Website - https://hubermanlab.com
Newsletter - https://hubermanlab.com/neural-network

Article Links

Reading on a smartphone affects sigh generation, brain activity, and comprehension

In search of the neurobiological substrates for social playfulness in mammalian brains

Is chess just a game, or is it a mirror that reflects the child's inner world?

A new structural model for the study of adult playfulness: Assessment and exploration of an understudied individual differences variable

5MinuteConsult Journal Club


Book Links

Personal play identity and the fundamental elements in its development process

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety


Timestamps
(00:00:00) The Power of Play
(00:02:23) Tool: Reading on Smart Phones, Sighing & Learning
(00:09:14) AG1 (Athletic Greens), Roka, Helix Sleep
(00:13:57) Homeostatic Regulation of Play
(00:23:53) Childhood Play & Mindsets
(00:29:21) Contingency Testing
(00:32:17) The (Power of) Playful Mindset
(00:36:13) Body Postures
(00:44:03) Rule Testing & Breaking
(00:48:24) Role Play
(00:50:39) Neurobiology of Low-stakes Play
(00:54:22) Expanding Capabilities through Tinkering
(01:00:03) Play Is THE Portal to Neuroplasticity
(01:04:44) Adulthood Play
(01:10:14) Fire Together, Wire Together
(01:18:03) Trauma & Play Deficits & Recovery
(01:23:25) Competition & Dynamic Movement
(01:27:36) Chess, Mental Roles, Novelty
(01:32:52) Personal Play Identity
(01:37:24) Play Transforms Your Future Self
(01:40:55) Recommendations for Play
(01:44:25) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify/Apple Reviews, YouTube, Sponsors, Patreon, Instagram, Twitter, Thorne

Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac

Disclaimer

In this episode, I discuss the transformative nature of play—how it changes our feelings, thoughts and actions and indeed, how it can rewire our brain to function better in all contexts. I explain the role of play in childhood, as well as adulthood in skill and social development and describe key characteristics of the mind and body during play. Additionally, I explore how play allows the brain to test contingencies in different roles/environments. Throughout, I discuss the underlying neurobiology of play. I also describe how low-stakes play, and tinkering can broaden and shape your future capabilities. Finally, I discuss how our childhood ‘personal play identity’ informs our adult personality. Throughout the episode, I use the science of play to outline recommendations for using play as a means to enhance neuroplasticity and explore novel situations, regardless of age.

Thank you to our sponsors
AG1 (Athletic Greens) - https://www.athleticgreens.com/huberman
ROKA - https://www.roka.com - code "huberman"
Helix Sleep: http://helixsleep.com/huberman

Our Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/andrewhuberman

Supplements from Thorne:
https://www.thorne.com/u/huberman

Social & Website
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hubermanlab
Twitter - https://twitter.com/hubermanlab
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hubermanlab
Website - https://hubermanlab.com
Newsletter - https://hubermanlab.com/neural-network

Article Links

Reading on a smartphone affects sigh generation, brain activity, and comprehension

In search of the neurobiological substrates for social playfulness in mammalian brains

Is chess just a game, or is it a mirror that reflects the child's inner world?

A new structural model for the study of adult playfulness: Assessment and exploration of an understudied individual differences variable

5MinuteConsult Journal Club


Book Links

Personal play identity and the fundamental elements in its development process

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety


Timestamps
(00:00:00) The Power of Play
(00:02:23) Tool: Reading on Smart Phones, Sighing & Learning
(00:09:14) AG1 (Athletic Greens), Roka, Helix Sleep
(00:13:57) Homeostatic Regulation of Play
(00:23:53) Childhood Play & Mindsets
(00:29:21) Contingency Testing
(00:32:17) The (Power of) Playful Mindset
(00:36:13) Body Postures
(00:44:03) Rule Testing & Breaking
(00:48:24) Role Play
(00:50:39) Neurobiology of Low-stakes Play
(00:54:22) Expanding Capabilities through Tinkering
(01:00:03) Play Is THE Portal to Neuroplasticity
(01:04:44) Adulthood Play
(01:10:14) Fire Together, Wire Together
(01:18:03) Trauma & Play Deficits & Recovery
(01:23:25) Competition & Dynamic Movement
(01:27:36) Chess, Mental Roles, Novelty
(01:32:52) Personal Play Identity
(01:37:24) Play Transforms Your Future Self
(01:40:55) Recommendations for Play
(01:44:25) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify/Apple Reviews, YouTube, Sponsors, Patreon, Instagram, Twitter, Thorne

Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac

Disclaimer

1 hr 46 min

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