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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.

Otherwise, scroll down and enjoy...

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.

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.

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

For our first episode of 2016 we talk about habit formation, the use of external modalities along with ideal ways to implement changes in your habits.

Get your smartypants ready for our year-end finale as Jesse and Dr. Edward Calabrese dive into the world of Hormesis and dose response thresholds.

Join Jesse and the founders of Brain.fm and explore the science behind audio brainwave training and the potential for its development.

Dr. Richard Cytowic joins Jesse this week to demystify Synesthesia and shed some light on this incredible quirk of human evolution.

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