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Huberman Lab discusses neuroscience — how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body control our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health. We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works.
Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology, and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning. 
Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision, in 2017. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Huberman is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress and optimize sleep.  
Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover and other top media outlets. 
In 2021, Dr. Huberman launched the Huberman Lab podcast. The podcast is frequently ranked in the top 5 of all podcasts globally and is often ranked #1 in the categories of Science, Education, and Health & Fitness.

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Huberman Lab discusses neuroscience — how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body control our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health. We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works.
Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology, and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning. 
Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision, in 2017. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Huberman is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress and optimize sleep.  
Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover and other top media outlets. 
In 2021, Dr. Huberman launched the Huberman Lab podcast. The podcast is frequently ranked in the top 5 of all podcasts globally and is often ranked #1 in the categories of Science, Education, and Health & Fitness.

    Dr. Gary Steinberg: How to Improve Brain Health & Offset Neurodegeneration

    Dr. Gary Steinberg: How to Improve Brain Health & Offset Neurodegeneration

    In this episode, my guest is Dr. Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, a neurosurgeon and a professor of neurosciences, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. We discuss brain health and brain injuries, including concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, aneurysm, and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). We discuss key and lesser-known risk factors for brain health and explain how certain treatments and medications can improve brain health and cognitive function.
    We also cover novel mechanisms to improve recovery after concussions and brain injury, including the use of stem cells, temperature (mild hypothermia), and vagus nerve stimulation. Dr. Steinberg also describes new advances in neurosurgery and minimally invasive brain augmentation.
    This episode ought to be of interest to anyone seeking actionable tools to improve their brain health and for those seeking to improve recovery after a brain injury such as concussion, stroke, aneurysm, or TBI.
    For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com.
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    Timestamps
    00:00:00 Dr. Gary Steinberg
    00:01:44 Sponsors: Eight Sleep, ROKA & AeroPress; Subscribe on YouTube, Spotify & Apple
    00:06:16 Stroke, Hemorrhage & Blood Clot
    00:10:25 Blood Clots & Risk Factors, Medications, Smoking, Cholesterol
    00:16:19 Heart & Brain Health; Neurosurgery & Brain Function
    00:23:27 Current Technology & Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive Techniques
    00:28:13 Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA); Spinal Cord Strokes
    00:33:23 Stroke Risk: Alcohol, Cocaine & Other Drugs
    00:38:24 Sponsor: AG1
    00:39:55 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Concussion: Sports, Testing & Recovery
    00:46:45 Statins; TBI & Aspirin; Caffeine & Stroke Risk
    00:48:31 Exploratory MRI: Benefits & Risks
    00:51:53 Blood Pressure, Lifestyle Factors; Tool: Feeling Faint, Hydration; Sleep
    00:59:52 Sponsor: LMNT
    01:01:27 Chiropractic Neck Adjustment & Arterial Obstruction; Inversion Tables
    01:05:16 Kids, Tackle Football, Soccer, Boxing; Mild Concussion
    01:10:49 Nerve Regeneration, Stem Cells, Stroke Recovery
    01:17:36 Stem Cells, Immune System, Activity
    01:21:27 Injury & Recovery, Restraint Therapy
    01:23:46 Neuroprotection After Injury; Mild Hypothermia
    01:34:59 Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell Therapy
    01:42:27 Scientific Advancements & Clinical Translation, FDA & Industry
    01:47:40 Vagal Stimulation
    01:53:17 Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, YouTube Feedback, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    LIVE EVENT Q&A: Dr. Andrew Huberman at the ICC Sydney Theatre

    LIVE EVENT Q&A: Dr. Andrew Huberman at the ICC Sydney Theatre

    Recently I had the pleasure of hosting a live event in Sydney, Australia. This event was part of a lecture series called The Brain Body Contract. My favorite part of the evening was the question and answer period, where I had the opportunity to answer questions from the attendees of each event. Included here is the Q&A from our event at the ICC Sydney Theatre.
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    Timestamps
    00:00 Introduction
    00:15 Live Event Recap: The Brain Body Contract
    00:32 Sponsors: AG1 & Eight Sleep
    03:30 Q&A Session Begins: Napping and Sleep Quality
    06:34 The Power of the Placebo Effect
    11:31 Entering Rest and Digest State: Techniques and Tools
    15:35 Muscle Growth, Learning & the Brain
    20:13 Hallucinogens: Personal Experiences & Clinical Insights
    27:28 The Misunderstood Effects of MDMA
    27:42 Exploring the Potential of MDMA in Clinical Settings
    29:25 The Complex World of Psychedelics & Mental Health
    30:07 Ketamine: From Misconception to Medical Use
    31:53 The Fascinating Science of DMT
    33:11 Supporting Science: Funding & Future Directions
    34:48 The Gut-Brain Axis: A Key to Overall Health
    40:41 Sleep Patterns and Chronotypes: Personalizing Rest
    42:50 Addressing ADHD & Focus in the Modern World
    49:27 Closing Remarks & Gratitude
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    • 51 min
    Dr. James Hollis: How to Find Your True Purpose & Create Your Best Life

    Dr. James Hollis: How to Find Your True Purpose & Create Your Best Life

    In this episode, my guest is Dr. James Hollis, Ph.D., a Jungian psychoanalyst, renowned educator and author on finding and pursuing one’s unique purpose. Dr. Hollis is also an expert in the psychology of relationships and healing from trauma. We discuss how early family dynamics and social context create patterns of both adaptive and maladaptive behavior and internal narratives that, when examined, lead to better choices and a deeply fulfilling existence.
    We discuss discovering your unique self-identity and purpose through specific practices of reflection, meditation and conversations with others. We also discuss self-perception and the evolution of roles within marriages, parent-child relationships, and work.
    Throughout the episode, Dr. Hollis provides both basic knowledge and practical tools to help us assess ourselves and better understand who we are and what we really want in careers, relationships of all kinds, and society.
    For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com.
    Thank you to our sponsors
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    Timestamps
    00:00:00 Dr. James Hollis
    00:02:14 Sponsors: Mateina, Joovv & BetterHelp
    00:05:57 Self, Ego, Sense of Self
    00:13:59 Unconscious Patterns, Blind Spots, Dreams; Psyche & Meaning
    00:21:56 Second Half of Life, Purpose, Depression
    00:25:37 Sponsor: AG1
    00:27:08 Tool: Daily Reflection; Crisis
    00:31:47 Families & Children, Permission & Burdens
    00:37:27 Complex Identification, Self-Perception; Social Media & Borderline
    00:41:55 Daily Stimulus Response, Listening to the Soul
    00:45:40 Exiting Stimulus-Response, Loneliness, Burnout
    00:51:19 Meditation & Perception, Reflection
    00:54:58 Sponsor: Waking Up
    00:56:15 Recognizing the “Shadow” & Adulthood
    01:02:48 Socialization; Family & Life Journey
    01:09:04 Relationships & “Otherness”, Standing Your Ground
    01:15:51 Marriage, “Starter Marriages” & Evolution; Parenting
    01:19:37 Shadow Issues, Success & External Reward, Personal Growth
    01:27:59 Men, Alcohol, “Stoic Man”, Loneliness, Fear & Longing
    01:37:33 Women & Men, Focused vs. Diffuse Awareness; Male Rite of Passage
    01:44:31 Sacrifice, Relationships; Facing Fears
    01:48:20 Therapy, “Abyss of the Self”, Repeating Patterns & Stories
    01:55:17 Women, Career & Family, Partner Support; Redefining Roles
    02:01:40 Pathology & Diagnosis, Internet
    02:07:05 Life, Suffering & Accountability, “Swamplands” & Task
    02:11:32 Abuse & Recovery of Self, Patience, Powerlessness
    02:14:11 Living a Larger Life; “Shut Up, Suit Up, Show Up”
    02:17:49 Life Stages; Despair & Integrity Conflict
    02:25:00 Death, Ego, Mortality & Meaning
    02:38:07 Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter
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    • 2 hr 39 min
    GUEST SERIES | Dr. Matt Walker: The Science of Dreams, Nightmares & Lucid Dreaming

    GUEST SERIES | Dr. Matt Walker: The Science of Dreams, Nightmares & Lucid Dreaming

    This is episode 6 of a 6-part special series on sleep with Dr. Matthew Walker, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and a leading public educator on sleep for mental and physical health, learning and human performance. In this episode, we discuss dreaming, including the biological mechanism of dreams, what dreams mean and their role in daytime life. 
    We explore how dreams can enhance our creativity and emotional well-being and help us resolve various challenges and dilemmas. We discuss how to remember and interpret your dreams and the abstractions/symbols frequently present in dreams.
    We also discuss nightmares and therapies to treat reoccurring nightmares. We explain what lucid dreaming is and if there are benefits or drawbacks to this type of dreaming.
    Dr. Walker also answers frequently asked audience questions and discusses snoring, body position, sleep supplements, sleep challenges due to aging, menopause, stopping racing thoughts, and how to fall back asleep if you wake in the middle of the night. 
    For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com.
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    Timestamps
    00:00:00 Dreaming
    00:01:13 Sponsors: BetterHelp, LMNT & Helix Sleep
    00:05:06 Dreams & REM Sleep
    00:12:20 Evolution of REM Sleep, Humans
    00:17:13 REM Sleep & PGO Waves; Dreams & Brain Activity
    00:24:26 Dreams, Images & Brain Activity; Sleepwalking & Sleep Talking
    00:30:51 Sponsor: AG1
    00:32:04 Dream Benefits, Creativity & Emotional Regulation; Challenge Resolution
    00:41:27 Daily Experience vs. Dreaming, Emotions
    00:45:08 Dream Interpretation & Freud, Dream Relevance
    00:52:59 Abstractions, Symbols, Experience & Dreams; “Fuzzy Logic”
    01:00:28 Sponsor: Whoop
    01:01:36 Nightmares; Recurring Nightmares & Therapy
    01:11:08 Targeted Memory Reactivation, Sounds & Nightmares
    01:15:38 Odor, Paired Associations, Learning & Sleep
    01:18:53 Fear Extinction, Memory & Sleep; Tool: Remembering Dreams
    01:25:38 Lucid Dreaming, REM Sleep, Paralysis
    01:32:33 Lucid Dreaming: Benefits? Unrestorative Sleep?
    01:44:07 Improve Lucid Dreaming
    01:49:30 Tool: Negative Rumination & Falling Asleep
    01:53:41 Tools: Body Position, Snoring & Sleep Apnea; Mid-Night Waking & Alarm Clock
    01:58:43 Sleep Banking?; Tool: Falling Back Asleep, Rest
    02:05:53 Tool: Older Adults & Early Waking; Sleep Medications
    02:11:25 Tool: Menopause & Sleep Disruption, Hot Flashes
    02:15:06 Remembering Dreams & Impacts Sleep Quality?
    02:18:32 Tool: Sleep Supplements
    02:26:48 Tool: Most Important Tip for Sleep
    02:30:56 Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter
    Disclaimer

    • 2 hr 33 min
    Dr. Casey Means: Transform Your Health by Improving Metabolism, Hormone & Blood Sugar Regulation

    Dr. Casey Means: Transform Your Health by Improving Metabolism, Hormone & Blood Sugar Regulation

    In this episode, my guest is Dr. Casey Means, M.D., a physician trained at Stanford University School of Medicine, an expert on metabolic health and the author of the book, "Good Energy." We discuss how to leverage nutrition, exercise and environmental factors to enhance your metabolic health by improving mitochondrial function, hormone and blood sugar regulation. 
    We also explore how fasting, deliberate cold exposure and spending time in nature can impact metabolic health, how to control food cravings and how to assess your metabolic health using blood testing, continuous glucose monitors and other tools. 
    Metabolic dysfunction is a leading cause of chronic disease, obesity and reduced lifespan around the world. Conversely, improving your mitochondrial and metabolic health can positively affect your health span and longevity.
    Listeners of this episode will learn low- and zero-cost tools to improve their metabolic health, physical and mental well-being, body composition and target the root cause of various common diseases.
    For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com.
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    Timestamps
    00:00:00 Dr. Casey Means
    00:02:18 Sponsors: Maui Nui, Eight Sleep & AeroPress
    00:06:32 Metabolism, Metabolic Dysfunction, Medicinal Blindspot
    00:14:17 Trifecta of Bad Energy
    00:24:02 Western Living, United States, Specialization & Medicine
    00:27:57 Insulin Resistance, Tool: Mitochondrial Capacity & Exercise
    00:33:33 Sponsor: AG1
    00:35:03 Tools: Walking & Glucose; Frequent Movement
    00:44:25 Tools: Exercises to Improve Mitochondrial Capacity; Desk Treadmill
    00:51:18 Soleus Push-Ups & Fidgeting, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT)
    00:57:14 Sponsor: InsideTracker
    00:58:21 Tool: Blood Test Biomarkers, Vital Signs & Mitochondrial Function
    01:11:16 Navigate Medical System & Blood Tests, Consumer Lab Testing
    01:16:46 Tool: Environmental Factors; Food, Life as a Process
    01:21:58 Tool: Ultra-Processed vs. Real Food, Obesity, Soil & Micronutrients
    01:32:03 Ultra-Processed Foods: Brain & Cellular Confusion
    01:39:10 Tools: Control Cravings, GLP-1 Production, Microbiome Support
    01:51:42 Ozempic, GLP-1 Analogs; Root Cause & Medicine
    02:00:54 Tool: Deliberate Cold & Heat Exposure, Brown Fat
    02:07:27 Tool: Intermittent Fasting & Metabolic Flexibility; Insulin Sensitivity
    02:17:03 Tool: Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) & Awareness, Glucose Spikes
    02:24:34 Tool: CGMs, Glycemic Variability, Dawn Effect, Individuality
    02:33:10 Sleep; Continuous Monitoring & Biomarkers
    02:37:39 Mindset & Safety, Stress & Cell Danger Response
    02:44:04 Tool: Being in Nature, Sunlight, Fear
    02:54:44 Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter
    Disclaimer

    • 2 hr 56 min
    GUEST SERIES | Dr. Matt Walker: Improve Sleep to Boost Mood & Emotional Regulation

    GUEST SERIES | Dr. Matt Walker: Improve Sleep to Boost Mood & Emotional Regulation

    This is episode 5 of our 6-part special series on sleep with Dr. Matthew Walker, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and the host of The Matt Walker Podcast. In this episode, we explain the connection between sleep and mood, emotional regulation and mental well-being. 
    We explain the role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in processing emotions and emotional memories and why sleep deprivation causes agitation, impulsivity and emotional reactivity. 
    We also discuss why sleep disruption is a hallmark feature of PTSD, anxiety, depression, suicidality, and other psychiatric conditions. 
    We explain protocols for improving REM sleep and other sleep phases in order to harness the therapeutic power of quality sleep to feel calmer and emotionally restored.
    This episode describes various actionable tools to improve sleep for those struggling with mental health or mood and those wanting to bolster their overall state and well-being. 
    The next episode in this special series explores dreams, including lucid dreaming, nightmares and dream interpretation.
    For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com.
    Thank you to our sponsors
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    Timestamps
    (00:00:00) Sleep & Mental Health
    (00:01:09) Sponsors: Eight Sleep, LMNT & BetterHelp
    (00:05:14) Emotions & Sleep, Amygdala
    (00:17:27) Emotional Memory & Sleep
    (00:25:48) “Overnight Therapy” & REM Sleep, Noradrenaline
    (00:29:13) Sponsor: AG1
    (00:30:27) Sleep to “Remember & Forget”, Trauma; REM Sleep
    (00:38:27) Hinge Analogy; Motivation, Impulsivity & Addiction
    (00:47:08) Tool: Improve REM Sleep, Social Jet Lag, Alcohol & THC, Addiction
    (00:56:18) Sponsor: InsideTracker
    (00:57:23) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & REM Sleep
    (01:06:53) Noradrenaline & REM Sleep, PTSD & Prazosin
    (01:09:40) Addiction, Non-Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR); Liminal States
    (01:16:46) Anxiety & Sleep, Mood vs. Emotions
    (01:23:50) Deep Non-REM Sleep & Anxiety, Sleep Quality
    (01:28:51) Tool: Improve Deep Non-REM Sleep, Temperature; Alcohol
    (01:34:56) Suicidality & Sleep, Pattern Recognition; Nightmares
    (01:46:21) Depression, Anxiety & Time Context
    (01:51:24) Depression, Too Much Sleep?; REM Changes & Antidepressants
    (01:57:37) Sleep Deprivation & Depression
    (02:01:34) Tool: Circadian Misalignment & Mental Health, Chronotype
    (02:04:05) Tools: Daytime Light & Nighttime Darkness; “Junk Light”
    (02:13:04) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter
    Disclaimer

    • 2 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22.3K Ratings

22.3K Ratings

alexrwheeler ,

James Hollis

Is an absolute treasure. His books and talks are life changing. Thank you for this.

podcastsinthekitchen ,

Love the content but…

It’s hard to listen to now given the allegations about him. I wish he would address them.

PaulaHens ,

Ep 175 with Casey Means

Such a great listen. Full of helpful info and steps one can take to improve gen health, with specific attn to metabolic health.
I’ve listened twice. Shared to dozens who are also interested in taking agency of one’s own health.
Excellent!!

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