1 hr 44 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://athleticgreens.com/huberman
InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/huberman
Thesis: https://takethesis.com/huberman
Supplements from Momentous
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For the full show notes, visit hubermanlab.com
Timestamps
(00:00:00) The Power of Play
(00:02:23) Tool: Reading on Smart Phones, Sighing & Learning
(00:09:14) Sponsors
(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, Instagram, Twitter, Supplements
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://athleticgreens.com/huberman
InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/huberman
Thesis: https://takethesis.com/huberman
Supplements from Momentous
https://www.livemomentous.com/huberman
For the full show notes, visit hubermanlab.com
Timestamps
(00:00:00) The Power of Play
(00:02:23) Tool: Reading on Smart Phones, Sighing & Learning
(00:09:14) Sponsors
(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, Instagram, Twitter, Supplements
Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac
Disclaimer

1 hr 44 min

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