In this episode, Dr. Huberman describes how our ears and nervous system decode sound waves and gravity to allow us to hear and make sense of sounds. He also describes protocols for rapid learning of sound and other types of information. He discusses sound localization, doppler effects (sound motion), pitch perception and how we isolate sounds in noisy environments. Dr. Huberman also reviews the scientific findings on binaural beats and white noise and how they can improve learning. Other topics and protocols include tinnitus, seasickness, ear movement, ear growth and the science-supported ways we can all accelerate learning using “gap effects.”
- Review on spacing effects and learning (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience)
- Micro-rest and accelerated learning (Cell Reports)
- Ear movement (Perceptual and Motor Skills)
- Ears making sounds, hormones (The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America)
- Binaural beats: review and references (Basic and Clinical Neuroscience)
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00:00:00 Overview of Topics
00:02:20 Protocol: New Data for Rapid Learning
00:09:10 Introduction: Hearing & Balance
00:13:53 How We Perceive Sounds
00:21:56 Your Hearing Brain (Areas)
00:23:48 Localizing Sounds
00:28:00 Ear Movement: What It Means
00:33:00 Your Ears (Likely) Make Sounds: Role of Hormones, Sexual Orientation
00:35:30 Binaural Beats: Do They Work?
00:43:54 White Noise Can Enhance Learning & Dopamine
00:55:51 White Noise During Development: Possibly Harmful
01:03:25 Remembering Information, The Cocktail Party Effect
01:12:55 How to Learn Information You Hear
01:22:43 Tinnitus: What Has Been Found To Help?
01:30:40 Aging: How Big Are Your Ears?
01:35:00 Balance: Semi-Circular Canals
01:40:35 A Vestibular Experiment
01:43:15 Improve Your Sense of Balance
01:48:55 Accelerating Balance
01:51:55 Self-Generated Forward Motion
01:56:25 Dizzy versus Light-Headed
01:58:38 Motion Sickness Solution