Introduction to Performance Science: Purpose, Philosophy, Benefits

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 […]

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Meditate under the Chevy Tree

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 […]

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Can nostalgia treat loneliness?

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 […]

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Your heart and brain, connected

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: […]

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What is the Empiricist Blog?

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 […]

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