Episode 73

Jesse is joined by Dr. Andrew Pipingas and Professor David Crewther of Swinburne University for a conversation about fish oil and its effects on neural efficiency. The two explain how fish oil supplementation could improve mental performance by  allowing us to carry out cognitive tasks with ease, introducing the idea that “smart brains work less hard.”

We’ll also hear about how it might be possible to “reset” your circadian rhythm, and learn how we are able to accurately manipulate objects without having conscious knowledge of their location or size.

Episode Highlights

0:31How our newest fish oil episode came to be
1:33This Week in Neuroscience: “Reset” Button Discovered for Circadian Clock
4:30iTunes review thank-yous
5:32Introduction to Dr. Andrew Pipingas and Professor David Crewther
6:59What is neural efficiency?
9:16What are the cognitive effects of Omega-3s? (study)
11:03The Omega-3/Omega-6 balance
12:55The level of consistency in studies on Omega-3s in relation to cognitive function
14:34How Omega-3s work in the body once they're consumed
15:57Can EPA and DHA work acutely in the brain?
17:09The difference in behaviour and levels of brain activation when measuring neural efficiency in working memory tasks
19:19Is there a defecit for brains that work harder to achieve the same results as those working less hard?
20:05Measuring "years recovered" by brains that work more efficently
21:29What is the ideal Omega-3/Omega-6 intake ratio and how should we be meeting those dietary requirements?
22:34A look at the future of Omega-3 research
26:23Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Ability To Grasp What Can't Be Seen
28:30(For Axon users) Show notes online here
Written by Rhiannan Roe
Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.
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