Episode 134

The Latest Science on Enhancing Focus and Developing a Growth Mindset

With Dr. Andrew Huberman

Everyone wants to change their brain to think, feel, and act better, but how? Visual focus and mental focus are directly linked to one another via specific circuits in the brain. If we want to get better at focusing on tasks for the sake of learning, listening better, or engaging neuroplasticity we not only need to limit external distractions, we need to limit internal distractions through specific mindsets and behaviors.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Andrew Huberman about visual science and the connection between vision and the brain, and how our eyes are not connected to the brain, they are the brain. We discuss how to optimize our brain through performing specific actions each day, and how these set and enforce our cellular and circadian rhythm. We also talk about the importance of a growth mindset, and how we can cultivate motivation and sustain momentum in achieving our goals.

 

For more on Dr. Andrew Huberman, you can follow him on Instagram @hubermanlab, and through his website http://www.hubermanlab.com/.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The connection between vision and the brain
    (6:13)
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression
    (11:41)
  3. Why looking at your phone at night can lead to memory defects
    (16:37)
  4. Why the brightness of light is key when it comes to optimizing your circadian rhythm
    (21:10)
  5. How the nervous system triggers the immune system
    (38:37)
  6. How to enhance mental focus and create a growth mindset
    (49:48)
  7. The benefits of yoga nidra and how it enhances neuroplasticity
    (1:07:24)
  8. What Dr. Huberman does to focus
    (1:11:26)
  9. Why being hydrated helps you stay alert
    (1:14:08)
  10. Where to learn more about Dr. Huberman
    (1:26:36)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Andrew Huberman

Dr. Andrew Huberman is a neuroscientist and tenured Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has made numerous important contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity. Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford Medical School 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.

 

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