Episode 91

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The importance of sleep for cognitive enhancement has been the subject of quite a few conversations here at Smart Drug Smarts. Adequate sleep makes the brain sharper and enables us to perform optimally in almost all tasks. However, there are some tasks that benefit from a mind that’s slightly groggy. Jesse is joined by Mareike Wieth, an associate professor of psychology at Albion University and they discuss her research on fatigue and its effect on problem-solving skills. Whether you’re an early-bird or a night-owl this is an episode worth staying awake for.

Staring at someone for a long time is rude – or so we’ve been told. But done in the right setting, under the right conditions… staring at a person can produce some amazing results. To find out more, stay tuned-in until the end of the episode.

Episode Highlights

0:33Jesse shares a personal story about how this episode came to be.
2:01This Week In Neuroscience: Electronic devices disrupting sleep.
4:06The listener interaction section.
5:32A teaser about Jesse's recent experiment with Holotropic Breathwork.
6:53Jesse's stack of the day.
8:10Introducing Mareike Wieth.
8:57How the research into fatigue began.
10:07Optimal time of day.
11:26Research methodology.
14:16Onset of melatonin and evolution.
15:09Difference in performance.
15:27Follow-on studies planned by Mareike Wieth.
16:47The possibility of training mental focus.
17:48How much is too much.
19:28A secret that nobody talks about.
21:17Cognition and a belly full of food.
23:28Deep focus and creativity.
25:37Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Unexpected results from staring.

PS:  Some amount of fatigue is good, more is not necessarily better. But for more neuroscience nuggets delivered weekly to your inbox sign up for our newsletter below.

Written by Anushtup Chatterjee
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