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Expert insights on the science of mental fitness. Topics include psychology, neuroscience, mental health, mindfulness meditation, productivity, brain technologies, Stoicism, happiness hacking, and more.

Liam McClintock, the Founder of FitMind, talks with leaders in their fields, from neuroscientists and psychologists to Buddhist monks and professional athletes.

At FitMind, we believe that the next great human frontier is the mind. FitMind combines ancient techniques with western psychology to provide mental fitness training that is taught at Fortune 500 companies, addiction centers, schools, government organizations, and on the FitMind meditation app.

Liam McClintock received a B.A. from Yale and worked in finance before traveling to Asia to study meditation full-time. He is currently completing an MS in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London. Liam is an RYS Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor and has trained in various meditation styles. He has been featured in Time, Vice, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, NBC, and Men’s Health.

The FitMind Podcast: Mental Fitness, Neuroscience & Psychology FitMind: Neuroscience, Meditation & Mental Fitness Training

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 272 Ratings

Expert insights on the science of mental fitness. Topics include psychology, neuroscience, mental health, mindfulness meditation, productivity, brain technologies, Stoicism, happiness hacking, and more.

Liam McClintock, the Founder of FitMind, talks with leaders in their fields, from neuroscientists and psychologists to Buddhist monks and professional athletes.

At FitMind, we believe that the next great human frontier is the mind. FitMind combines ancient techniques with western psychology to provide mental fitness training that is taught at Fortune 500 companies, addiction centers, schools, government organizations, and on the FitMind meditation app.

Liam McClintock received a B.A. from Yale and worked in finance before traveling to Asia to study meditation full-time. He is currently completing an MS in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London. Liam is an RYS Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor and has trained in various meditation styles. He has been featured in Time, Vice, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, NBC, and Men’s Health.

    #93: Neuroplasticity, Meditation & the Predictive Brain - Ruben Laukkonen, PhD

    #93: Neuroplasticity, Meditation & the Predictive Brain - Ruben Laukkonen, PhD

    How does the brain work at its deepest levels? And to what extent can we radically upgrade it, creating neuroplastic changes?
    Ruben Laukkonen, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist, contemplative, speaker, and poet.
    His eclectic background includes competing semi-professionally in Muay Thai Kickboxing, founding two businesses (including the first online market for bitcoin in Australia), and intensive meditation training.
    Dr. Laukkonen is currently a principal investigator and lecturer at Southern Cross University and holds honorary fellowships at VU Amsterdam and The University of Queensland. He uses methods such as behavior, neuroimaging, machine learning, and phenomenology to empirically investigate some of the rarest states of human consciousness.
    This episode is a full tour of the mind, including a deep dive into some of those rare states of consciousness and what they reveal about achieving the highest levels of human happiness.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.com
     
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Introduction to Ruben Laukkonen, PhD
    2:02 | Early Experience 
    10:45 | How the Mind Makes Itself
    22:18 | Predictive Processing & Agitation
    25:30 | Why There's Always Something Wrong
    31:28 | Chain of Causality in the Mind
    36:00 | The Mind Rebuilding After Deepest Levels of Meditation
    38:25 | Meditation for Reconditioning the Mind
    52:06 | Doing Nothing Very Well
    53:14 | Stages of Meditation & Predictive Processing
    1:08:28 | Cessation & Awakening Research
    1:17:12 | Jhanas - Stages of Deconstruction
    1:24:22 | Rapid Fire Questions
     
    LINKS
    https://rubenlaukkonen.com https://fitmind.com/give 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    #92: The Awakened Mind - Delson Armstrong

    #92: The Awakened Mind - Delson Armstrong

    Delson Armstrong is a meditation teacher and author of A Mind Without Craving.
    He trained for extended periods in the Himalayas and mastered several systems of yoga, including the ten levels of samadhi (meditative states of absorption). Delson has recently collaborated with leading neuroscience research labs interested in studying his brain.
    On this episode, we discuss how to conquer a craving mind, cessation and its benefits, the unique way he experiences his inner world, and the studies being done on his brain.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.com
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Delson Armstrong
    1:30 | A Mind Without Craving
    7:25 | Experience of “No Self”
    15:40 | Awakened Mind = Supreme Happiness
    20:40 | Daily Life After Awakening
    26:03 | Meditation Brain Study
    30:15 | Cessation - What Is It & Benefits
    34:24 | Experiencing How the Mind Works
    37:43 | Deconditioning a Wandering Mind
    48:11 | Rapid Fire Questions
    LINKS
    Delson Armstrong Website: https://delsonarmstrong.info/
    Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center: https://www.dhammasukha.org/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/delson
    A Mind Without Craving via Suttavada Foundation: https://www.suttavada.foundation/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/a-mind-without-craving.pdf

    • 55 min
    #91: The Science of Creativity & Imagination - Anna Abraham, PhD

    #91: The Science of Creativity & Imagination - Anna Abraham, PhD

    Dr. Anna Abraham is a psychologist and neuroscientist who investigates creativity and how we can optimize this key trait. She’s also a leading scholar on the study of human imagination.
    On this episode, we discuss the key ingredients of a creative mind, how to become more creative, and how the brain can tell the difference between real and imaginary worlds.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.com
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Anna Abraham, PhD
    1:44 | Imagination More Important Than Knowledge?
    4:45 | Imagination Defined
    7:53 | How We Experience Real vs. Imaginary Worlds
    17:20 | Fiction Crossing Into Reality
    21:35 | Overlap of Memory & Imagination
    29:28 | Ingredients of a Creative Mind
    42:08 | Ways to Build Creativity
    48:35 | Predictors of Creativity
    58:12 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #90: Master of Sleep - Nick Littlehales

    #90: Master of Sleep - Nick Littlehales

    Nick Littlehales has been an elite sport recovery coach for nearly a quarter-century and is the bestselling author of Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps... and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind.
    On this episode, we uncover the common myths and misunderstandings about sleep. We also discuss the circadian rhythm, chronotypes, polyphasic sleep, and treating sleep as recovery.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.com
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Nick Littlehales
    1:42 | Sleep Tips
    3:45 | Becoming a Sleep Coach
    7:28 | How the Pros Optimize Sleep
    9:38 | What to do Before You Sleep
    19:36 | Understanding Circadian Rhythm
    26:10 | Polyphasic Sleep: Importance of Naps
    28:58 | 7 Key Sleep Recovery Indicators
    37:27 | How to Improve Sleep
    43:54 | Microrest
    45:20 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 50 min
    #89: Consciousness, Perception & Reality - Donald Hoffman, PhD

    #89: Consciousness, Perception & Reality - Donald Hoffman, PhD

    Donald Hoffman, PhD is a cognitive scientist and author of The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.
    He is currently a professor at UC Irvine, where he studies consciousness, visual perception and evolutionary psychology.
    On this episode, we “take the red pill” and hear Dr. Hoffman’s theory on why reality is not what it seems. He explains this complex topic by comparing reality to a user interface.
    We discuss many topics, such as his mathematical theory of consciousness, questioning beliefs, and how the mind forms new mental models.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.com
    Show Notes
    0:00 | Introduction to Donald Hoffman, PhD
    2:23 | Why Reality Isn’t as It Seems
    7:30 | Reality as a User Interface
    13:51 | Adapting to Evolving Technology
    16:06 | Creating New Mental Models
    18:31 | Moving Beyond Spacetime
    23:06 | Consciousness is Fundamental
    25:26 | Ancient Wisdom & Science of Consciousness
    30:00 | Conversation with the Dalai Lama (starting at 54:40)
    30:15 | Reality Transcends Concepts
    36:39 | Questioning Beliefs
    38:56 | A New Worldview
    45:04 | Mathematical Theory of Consciousness
    45:39 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 50 min
    #88: Profound States of Mind - Andrew Holecek

    #88: Profound States of Mind - Andrew Holecek

    Andrew Holecek is an author and meditation teacher with decades of intensive practice experience, including a 3-year silent retreat in the Tibetan tradition.
    Andrew’s work combines ancient wisdom with modern science.
    We discuss the insights gained from his lengthy silent retreat, the 2 vectors of enlightenment, how our minds construct our realities, and much more.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.com
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Andrew Holecek
    4:55 | In the Presence of Meditation Masters 
    10:10 | 3-Year Silent Retreat Experience
    18:58 | Insights Gained from 3-Year Retreat
    22:50 | Unsticking the Mind
    30:06 | Enlightenment Defined 
    38:58 | Waking Up & Growing Up 
    44:23 | How Our Minds Construct Our Realities 
    54:20 | Deconstructing Mental Constructs
    62:23 | Rapid Fire Questions 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

Irish Ricky ,

Irish Ricky

So deep and fascinating I was able to basically meditate and reach a level while listening to the inquiry and conversation on the podcast

infinitegrowth ,

Truly a top notch podcast

Great content, fascinating minds and thought-provoking conversations. I love this podcast because of the insight and wisdom I am able to derive from the guests he brings on for the show. I have been an avid meditator for the past seven years and this podcast along with his app (FitMind) are spot on and beyond what most are offering in terms of quality and content. Well done!

Will E Meighkitt ,

Episode 89

What a wonderful podcast. Great presentation of his work and it’s connection to meditation. Listened twice.
Thank you for all of your efforts. Enjoyed and appreciated.

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