Smart Drug Smarts

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 Smart Drugs SmartsAt Smart Drug Smarts, we are unapologetically fascinated with our brains.

  1. What they do.
  2. What they can be trained to do.
  3. What they still might do.
  4. And what they might become.

We live in an unprecedented Age of Discovery about how our brains operate. And expansion in the theoretical body of knowledge is quickly giving way to real-world, practical applications. Including — at the risk of being overly simplistic — ways to make yourself smarter.

Smart Drug Smarts is for people interested in brain health and optimization, and actionable applications of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience.

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Smart Drug Smarts Show Archive:

#230: Measuring Intuition with Dr. Joel Pearson

Friday 29th June 2018

Some aspects of our internal mental life seem to defy measurement."Intuition"seems like a prime example of something impossible to quantify... But what if it's not? Dr. Joel Pearson tells us about his ingenious studies putting a value on human intuition.The post#230: Measuring Intuition with Dr. Joel Pearsonappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#229: Learning to Learn

Saturday 9th June 2018

Last-minute cramming (even on lots of nootropics) isn't the best gameplan for effective learning. So what is? Learning researchers explain the theory and practice of efficiently building your mental toolkit.The post#229: Learning to Learnappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#228: Perception as a Controlled Hallucination

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Our senses provide us with a best-guess interpretation of reality -- but it's only a guess. Dr. Anil Seth explains how perception and consciousness interact, and how we can intentionally shift our"reality filter"with methods like induced synesthesia.The post#228: Perception as a Controlled Hallucinationappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#227: How Language Affects Thought

Monday 14th May 2018

Is"a rose by any other name"still a rose... to your brain? Dr. Viorica Marian explains how the language that we use affects how we actually think.The post#227: How Language Affects Thoughtappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#226: The Return of Metabolism

Saturday 5th May 2018

You don't think much about your electricity until the power goes out. And human metabolism is kind of the same way. Dr. Navdeep Chandel explains why metabolism is worth paying attention to -- for lifespan, healthspan, and for dodging disease.The post#226: The Return of Metabolismappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#225: Schizophrenia with Dr. Tyrone Cannon

Saturday 21st April 2018

"Schizophrenia"is a word that strikes fear in the hearts (and minds) of those who have seen its effects. It's often misunderstood -- but one aspect that's universally recognized is that it's a *big deal.* And it affects nearly 1% of the adult population.The post#225: Schizophrenia with Dr. Tyrone Cannonappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#224: Don’t forget about Prospective Memory

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Prospective Memory is something we notice most when it fails -- when we recall (too late!) something we meant to remember. Dr. Michael Scullin tells us how to keep ideas top-of-mind.The post#224: Don’t forget about Prospective Memoryappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#223: Ketone Esters with Dr. Brianna Stubbs

Saturday 31st March 2018

Ketogenic Diets, Ketone Salts, Ketone Esters... What does all this mean -- and which ones will help turn your brain into a well-lubricated fat-burning engine most easily? Dr. Brianna Stubbs -- who is a biohacker and world-class athlete as well as a research scientist -- explains.The post#223: Ketone Esters with Dr. Brianna Stubbsappeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#222: What are“Fast-Spiking Interneurons”?

Friday 23rd March 2018

What are"interneurons"and how do they affect our brains'ability to function, to change, and to learn? Research scientist Dr. Scott Owen explains the latest findings.The post#222: What are“Fast-Spiking Interneurons”?appeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

#221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;)

Friday 9th March 2018

It's easier to smoke marijuana legally these days than it is to study it. Strange, but true. But with tens of millions of Americans using recreational marijuana regularly...isn't it time we learned what it's doing to our brains?The post#221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;)appeared first onSmart Drug Smarts.

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