Welcome to the Performance Science Podcast! This first episode lays the groundwork for our approach, our purpose and our philosophy. Our goal is for our listeners to live longer, healthier lives. Done in the format of a scientific journal club, we discuss primary scientific findings aimed at improving health and performance in any domain. Listen […]Read more "Introduction to Performance Science: Purpose, Philosophy, Benefits"
According to a January 2015 report from McKinsey & Company, companies with the most racial and ethnic diversity earn 35% greater financial returns than industry averages; organizations with higher gender diversity garner 15% more profit than their competitors. What we have then, is a finding that suggests a correlational benefit to organizations that have a […]Read more "A neuroscience guide to assembling inclusivity"
As an object, I think that I might dislike the Toyota Prius. But why? Let’s face it right up front: my favorite cars have the subtlety of paint fumes and the delicacy of a tire fire. But this alone should not dictate why I dislike another car. It’s a fine car, and people love their Priuses (more […]Read more "My complicated feelings about the Toyota Prius"
It is told that the Buddha attained enlightenment by meditating under the Bodhi tree. Here I invite you to seek the mindful path of the Chevy Tree. What does it mean to be mindful? The practice of mindfulness is the process of returning one’s attention to the present moment. In this way, driving an old car […]Read more "Meditate under the Chevy Tree"
*Quite possible the the worst Neuro-“Blank” combination yet; I’m sticking to it. There are many guides to how to buy a used car, but how many are written by a neuroscientist? Do they need to be written by a neuroscientist? Probably not. Either way, I am asked regularly for advice on how to buy […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: How to buy a car using the science of decision-making Part One"
Getting that sweater from Grandma can inspire groans, but it should inspire gratitude. Let’s assume we know that this is a time when we should feel grateful, but are not grateful. The question is: how can we generate gratitude for a gift that does not originally inspire gratitude? My passion is in understanding and […]Read more "How to be grateful when we should be grateful, but aren’t."
Vivid nostalgia is a fascinating experience. It can emerge from a single sensory cue from the outside world, careening us to another previous personhood. Nostalgia is like a lot of the things that interest me. It is difficult to define, but everyone seems to know what it is. The common definition of nostalgia is an […]Read more "Can nostalgia treat loneliness?"
Recently found this amazing Article, which demonstrates how our memory for words can change depending on how our heart is beating. This article is a fantastic piece on how seemingly impossible details in our physiology can impact cognition. Here’s how it works: your heart has a very well understood beating pattern, called the “QRS” complex: […]Read more "Your heart and brain, connected"
Frontiers | Witnessing hateful people in pain modulates brain activity in regions associated with physical pain and reward | Cognitive Science. We published this paper about a year ago, and I thought it would be nice to provide a link to it here from my website as well. We showed that in a set of […]Read more "How do we process the pain of hateful people?"
Ironically, most of us ignore empirical evidence when we choose to understand how decisions are made. The evidence shows that we are biologically wired to feel our way toward good decisions, that no decisions are devoid of emotion, and that reason and emotion work together for good decision making. But most of us think that […]Read more "What is the Empiricist Blog?"