Nov. 14, 2020

Andrew Huberman- The neuroscience of creativity

Today’s show is a special one for me.  I have been looking forward to sitting down with my good friend Andrew Huberman and today is the day.

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Ok what can I say about Andrew?  He has his PhD in Neuroscience. He’s a tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has his own lab at Stanford ..(Huberman Lab) where he has 2 main focuses. 1.  working to halt and reverse vision loss and 2. How Visual perception and ANS arousal states are integrated and impact behavior.

So obviously he is super smart and driven…but what really makes Andrew special is he cares deeply about people.  He is a big strong guy on the outside but on the inside has a huge heart and really goes out of his way to help others.

Many of you listening will have heard Andrew before because he has done almost every major podcast out there. He has a great Instagram channel where he shares all kinds of actionable knowledge about neuroscience so definitely check that out if you haven’t already.

In this episode we talk about all kinds of topics neuroscience and performance related but really emphasize and dive deep into creativity, and how the relationship between time and space and our sense perceptions shape our reality.

Ok enough talking let’s get to the show!

Topics covered:

  • sense perception shapes our physical world
  • sound heard in headphones vs room
  • vision acuity center vs periphery
  • contrast between various animals and human senses
  • space-time link to the nervous system
  • how we can think in various senses
  • neuroplasticity
  • diving birds, elephant, sloth, naked mole rat, pit vipers
  • brain has homunculus in cortex and cerebellum
  • humans have magneto-receptors
  • limitations on research
  • brain-organs (heart, gut, etc)-body integration
  • embryology
  • zebra fish
  • motor learning
  • speed of information propagated thru the body
  • deep dive into the neuroscience of creativity
  • influence of breath (respiration) on ANS
  • how to leverage creativity to nurture relationships
  • explore the realm of possibility in terms of human connection
  • alert vs calm or sympathetic vs parasympathetic states
  • entrainment (sync) in the nervous system
  • brain is a prediction machine
  • how magicians can make you blind to what is in front of you
  • binural beats
  • HRV
  • Nobel prize
  • how creativity maps to parts of the day
  • how to leverage neuroscience to maximize creativity

Connect with Andrew…


Huberman Lab

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Andrew Huberman

Neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine

Andrew D. Huberman is an American 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 plasticity, and neural regeneration and repair. A large amount of that work focused on the visual system, including the mechanisms that control light-mediated activation of the circadian and autonomic arousal centers in the brain, as well as the brain control over conscious vision or sight.

Huberman was awarded the McKnight Foundation Neuroscience Scholar Award (2013), and a Biomedical Scholar Award from the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is the recipient of the 2017 ARVO Cogan Award for making major contributions to the fields of vision science and efforts to regenerate the visual system and cure blindness.

He is currently or has served on as an elected member of The National Institutes of Health Grants Advisory Panel "Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes", and the Editorial Boards for Current Biology, The Journal of Neuroscience, The Journal of Comparative Neurology, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Cell Reports,[citation needed] and Neural Development. He is a member of Faculty 1000.