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Expert insights on the science of a fit mind. 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 • 211 Ratings

Expert insights on the science of a fit mind. 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.

    #86: The Science of Spontaneity - Edward Slingerland, PhD

    #86: The Science of Spontaneity - Edward Slingerland, PhD

    Edward Slingerland, PhD, is a Professor of Philosophy and Associate Member in the Asian Studies and Psychology Departments at the University of British Columbia. He's an expert on the cognitive science of ancient philosophies. On this episode, we discuss the science of ancient concepts like Wu Wei (”effortless action”), hot vs cold cognition, ways to alter consciousness, the paradox of trying not to try, and much more.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Edward Slingerland, PhD
    1:39 | Wu Wei & Flow State
    9:34 | Hot vs. Cold Cognition
    13:45 | How to Get into State of Wu Wei
    17:35 | When to Not Use We Wei
    19:30 | Paradox of Trying Not to Try
    26:40 | Wu Wei in Daily Life
    30:10 | Microdosing Psychedelics
    32:28 | Alcohol and Ways to Alter Consciousness
    38:06 | How Much Effort is Needed to Become Effortless?
    40:00 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 45 min
    #85: Neuromagic & Illusion - Stephen Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

    #85: Neuromagic & Illusion - Stephen Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

    Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde and Dr. Stephen Macknik are neuroscientists who specialize in the science of magic and illusion.
    Both are professors of ophthalmology, neurology, and physiology & pharmacology at the Downstate Medical Center.
    Together they pioneered the study of various aspects of magic such as perception, cognitive illusion, and attentional misdirection.
    On this episode, we discuss how magic tricks fool the brain, why everyday life is an illusion, what neuroscientists and magicians can learn from each other and much more.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co Show Notes
    0:00 | Intro to Stephen Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
    8:00 | How Magic Hacks Our Minds
    13:00 | What Neuroscientists Learn from Magicians
    15:54 | What Magicians Learn from Neuroscientists
    17:24 | Testing Attention Manipulation 
    22:25 | Cognition & Calculation
    25:36 | How Our Brains Construct Reality
    28:27 | Vision Produces Our Changing Realities
    29:53 | Microsaccades Explained
    32:58 | Brain on Autopilot
    35:50 | Expertise as an Unconscious Process
    40:46 | Magic for Kids vs. Magic for Adults
    43:43 | Is Magic Still Enjoyable When You Know the Tricks?
    48:24 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 54 min
    #84: The Brain of a Mental Olympian - Elena Antonova, PhD

    #84: The Brain of a Mental Olympian - Elena Antonova, PhD

    Dr. Elena Antonova is a neuroscientist and senior lecturer in psychology at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on the effects of long-term mindfulness meditation practice in the hope of promoting mental wellbeing in the general population.
    On this episode, we dive into the different approaches to meditation and the 4 levels of meditation practice development. 
    We also discuss what goes on in the brains of elite meditators and what it takes for the average person to reap the benefits from a meditation practice. 
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    Show Notes
    0:00 | Introduction to Elena Antonova, PhD
    4:28 | Categorizing Meditation Practices
    7:15 | Why Breath Focus is Fundamental
    10:19 | Constructivist vs. Innateist Approach to Meditation
    12:08 | 4 Levels of Meditation Practice Development
    17:12 | Mental Fitness Defined
    20:19 | Brains of Mental Olympians
    24:10 | Default Mode Network Differences
    32:00 | Field of Awareness Described
    35:45 | Habituation of the Attention System
    46:45 | Eye Movement Paradigm Study
    54:00 | Balancing Brain’s Predictive Nature with the Present Moment
    57:10 | Measurable Changes with Just 10 Minutes a Day
    59:14 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #83: Origins of the Mind - Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD

    #83: Origins of the Mind - Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD

    Dr. Antonio Damasio is a neurologist, psychologist and best-selling author. He's the Founder & Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, which researches human emotions, memory, communication, and decision-making, and is regarded as one of the most influential psychologists of the modern era.
    On this episode, we discuss the evolution of the mind, the surprising role of feelings in consciousness, and why we have a brain in the first place.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    Show Notes
    0:00 | Introduction to Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD
    2:07 | Why Do We Have a Brain?
    4:00 | Brain & Nervous System Are One
    6:08 | Evolution of the Mind
    10:28 | Minds are Representation Machines 
    16:51 | Distinguishing Between Feeling & Emotions
    19:04 | Feelings are the Beginning of Consciousness
    22:38 | Nervous Systems Produce Feelings/Consciousness
    29:30 | Understanding Feelings is of Utmost Importance
    34:34 | How Feelings Impact Culture, Politics, Relationships, & Everything Really
    39:37 | Building Conscious Machines with Vulnerability
    43:30 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 48 min
    #82: Sleep & Dreams - Sidarta Ribeiro, PhD

    #82: Sleep & Dreams - Sidarta Ribeiro, PhD

    Dr. Sidarta Ribeiro is an award-winning neuroscientist, author, and Founder of the Brain Institute at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, where he is also a professor of neuroscience. In this episode, we discuss how dreams have influenced human evolution, the connection between sleep and learning, and how to cultivate a rich dream life.
    He gives his top tips for how to get a better night’s sleep and stresses the importance of sharing our dreams with others.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    Show Notes
    0:00 | Introduction to Sidarta Ribeiro, PhD
    3:09 | History of Sleep and Dreams
    5:56 | Problem with Not Paying Attention to Dreams
    7:27 | Purpose of Dreams
    13:45 | How Sleep Made Humans a Dominate Species
    22:17 | How to Cultivate a Dream Life
    27:38 | Interpreting Meaning of Dreams
    36:23 | Collective Dreams Have Changed During Covid
    37:48 | Sleep Tips - How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
    41:43 | Are Naps Good?
    42:55 | Connection Between Sleep, Memory and Learning
    46:13 | Too Much Sleep?
    49:51 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 57 min
    #81: Mind Control & Brain-Computer Interfaces - Ramses Alcaide, PhD

    #81: Mind Control & Brain-Computer Interfaces - Ramses Alcaide, PhD

    Ramses Alcaide, PhD is an electrical engineer, neuroscientist, and CEO of Neurable, an innovative brain-computer interface company. At Neurable, he is the inventor and primary developer of a brain-computer interface technology that is designed to turn human biometrics into actionable insights.
    On this episode, we discuss his work at Neurable, how thoughts can be read by machines, and the benefits, ethical concerns, and future of brain-computer interface technology.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    Show Notes
    0:00 | Introduction to Ramses Alcaide, PhD
    3:20 | What is a Brain-Computer Interface?
    5:34 | How a Brain Interfaces with a Machine
    9:48 | How Thoughts are Read by Machines
    13:48 | Enten EEG Headphones - How They Work
    23:18 | Addressing BCI Concerns and Ethics
    26:30 | Future of BCIs
    35:28 | Can People Become too Reliant on BCIs?
    40:33 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

Daniel C Carrollton Texas ,

My Favorite Podcast…FitMind

I really enjoy FitMind. The guests are really well chosen. In fact, I usually go to some of the Ted Talks and You Tube lectures after I get a particularly interesting or relevant topic. I have learned a lot from Liam’s questions and the guests’ dialogue. This information has helped me to grow spiritually and not just in the meditation realm. Thank you so much! Maybe someday you can have Gary Zukav as a guest. He would be a good one for your show. Thank you again Liam for the good work. It makes my day seem brighter and more productive.

Caro Here ,

This podcast and the meditation app changed my life

I had practiced some mediation before but it wasn’t until I tried the FitMind app and later on began listening to this podcast that I made a drastic change. I was in a dark place and didn’t have much hope for a better future. It’s now been a year since I began a deep journey of healing, forgiveness, and growth. I love Liam’s approach bringing together Eastern and Western knowledge but with acknowledgment and respect. For a person like me, I feel it wouldn’t have worked otherwise. This podcast has been inspiring, and uplifting. Liam’s voice and personality is the perfect combination of sweetness and straightforward, clear, intelligent communication. I have recommended this podcast and the app to every person I love and wish well. I’m forever grateful.

HSherwood24 ,

Important Topics for Life

To me, the topics discussed by Liam on this podcast are not just powerful and helpful, but highly important for anyone looking for a profound level of growth and freedom in their life. Highly recommended.

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