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At the heart of cognitive enhancement is the study of the brain as a whole.

Here we cover topics that answer the question "How does this work?"  Things like memory, neurotransmitters, and what goes on inside aging brains.

Here are few of our favorites:
And check out the list below for the best of the rest...


Attention-Schema Theory, consciousness, awareness, smart drugs, nootropics, neuroscience

In his book “Consciousness and the Social Brain,” Princeton neuroscientist Dr. Michael Graziano lays out his compelling Attention-Schema Theory. Has he solved the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness?

Intermittent Fasting, Cognition, Caloric Restriction, Fasting, nootropics

Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, “feeding windows,” and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.

turmeric, schizandra, adaptogens, nootropics, smart drugs

The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.

lymphatic system, neuroscience, brain health

“Textbooks are going to need to change.” That was the general consensus around the 2015 discovery that previously unknown lymphatic vessels connect the brain directly to the immune system. Hear about the breakthrough discovery from co-discoverer Professor Jonathan Kipnis.

technology, prosthetics, biohacking, nootropics, smart drugs

“Grinders” take their stylistic queues from piercing shops, tattoo parlors and custom auto mechanics — combining skills in electrical circuitry and biology to leap past “wearable” technology straight into integrated doodads like an LED compass that lives in your hand, or under-the-skin magnets (which some claim allow them to “feel” magnetic fields after a few months of brain plasticity and practice).

smart drugs, nootropics, psilocybin, depression, mushrooms, addiction, PTSD, therapy

Dr. Frederick Barrett discusses recent and upcoming studies into psilocybin — the psychoactive ingredient that puts the “magic” in magic mushrooms.  This currently “Schedule 1” drug, in addition to reasonably reliably provoking mystical experiences in users, also shows promise as a therapeutic treatment for depression, PTSD, and hospice care.  Dr. Barrett and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center are at the forefront of the latest research.

Collaborative Recall, Memory, Couples, Romance, smart drugs, nootropics

There are times when social remembering can make our memories less accurate.  However, by following the right strategies when remembering together — creating a sort of “extended mind” — we can improve our recall, particularly if those doing the remembering are part of a long-term partnership.

porn, dopamine, porn addiction, brain

The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction — way beyond. The brain’s dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.

orthodontic-neurology

Anthony Sims and Gary Demerjian are probably the two leading practicioners of the treatment of neurological conditions with mouth-worn orthodontic appliances — based on soothing irritated nerves in the jaw to alleviate symptoms throughout the body.

Traditional-Plant-Medicines

Jesse is joined by Dr. Jim Adams from the USC School of Pharmacy for a far-ranging discussion about traditional plant medicines.

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