The Science of Hearing, Balance & Accelerated Learning

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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.”



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

00:51:00 Headphones

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

01:18:10 Doppler

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

02:01:23 Synthesis