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#040: A Nootropics Roundtable

June 28, 2014
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As we cruise into Episode #40 of our little podcast, we take stock of the current state of affairs in the smart drugs market by switching up our format just a bit. Jesse has a conversational “roundtable” chat with Mike Minneman, founder of the popular smart drug blog SmarterNootropics.com and Mans Denton, blogger at TheHackedMind.com and an online nootropics retailer at PureNootropics.net. They discuss some popular misconceptions about smart drugs, their personal favorite stacks, and other topics surrounding the growing popularity of neurological performance enhancers.

This Week In Neuroscience: Detailed Mapping Locates an Area of the Brain that Makes Humans, Human

Oxford University researchers have found an area of the human brain that is unique to humans, and is likely responsible for the nuanced skills of long-term planning and learning from the mistakes of others – skills that orangutans just can’t seem to figure out.

MRI scans of 25 adult human volunteers were used to map the key areas of the brain known as the ventrolateral frontal cortex. This mapping was compared to similar MRI scans from 25 macaque monkey “volunteers.”

There are 12 distinct areas of the ventrolateral frontal cortex that are operant in many of the highest functions of human cognition and language. Eleven of the 12 areas in this region have an analogous region in other primates.

But an outlier area, found only in humans, is called the lateral frontal pole prefrontal cortex – related to multitasking, strategic planning and decision making. A spokesman for Orangutans had no comment.

Read the original article here.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why the popular media depiction of smart drugs is off-base
  • What smart drugs or stacks Mike and Mans use
  • Three words: Lemon Balm Tea
  • Why basic, optimal health is the foundation for higher cognitive function
  • The fascinating phenomenon of the placebo effect

Key Terms Mentioned in the Podcast

Show Notes
  • 00:01:17

    Show intro – Celebrating the 40th episode

  • 00:01:39

    Introducing the guests for the roundtable – Mike Minneman from smarternootropics.com and Mans Denton from thehackedmind.com

  • 00:02:35

    This Week In Neuroscience – Detailed mapping locates an area of the brain that makes humans, human.

  • 00:04:30

    An interesting email from a listener about ketosis.

  • 00:07:14

    The roundtable commences – The usage of the word 'nootropics'.

  • 00:09:40

    What could help nootropics blossom into public awareness?

  • 00:11:20

    Disparity between the amount of research about Alzheimers and the correlation with nootropics

  • 00:12:30

    Mike Minneman's favorite stacks.

  • 00:14:15

    Mans Denton's favorite stacks.

  • 00:15:20

    Lemon balm tea.

  • 00:16:11

    What is the Braverman Test?

  • 00:19:06

    Take a long hard look at your lifestyle choices before you decide on your stack of smart drugs.

  • 00:20:12

    Trans-cranial direct current stimulation or tDCS.

  • 00:22:04

    Why 'equilibrium' will not be denied.

  • 00:27:47

    Mike tells us a little bit about Adderall.

  • 00:31:27

    Wake up and smell the coffee – The placebo effect.

  • 00:38:21

    The issue of legality being married to morality.

  • 00:39:41

    The demonization of marijuana.

  • 00:44:20

    An excerpt from a book that tries to explain how mathematicians are machines for turning coffee into theorem.

  • 00:50:00

    Details about a cyclical ketogenic diet for six weeks.

2 comments

  1. Devan says:

    My favourite synonym for ‘bevy’ is ‘plethora’, though that could imply there are too many.

    I enjoyed hearing about the concussion risk in heavily-padded athletes. I never played contact sports growing up but have some relatives who could use this info. Concussions triggered from impact to non-cranial areas wasn’t something I’d ever considered. Great episode!

  2. Devan says:

    My favourite synonym for ‘bevy’ is ‘plethora’, though that could imply there are too many.

    I enjoyed hearing about the concussion risk in heavily-padded athletes. I never played contact sports growing up but have some relatives who could use this info. Concussions triggered from impact to non-cranial areas wasn’t something I’d ever considered. Great episode!

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