Using Failures, Movement & Balance to Learn Faster

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In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses how we can use specific types of behavior to change our brain, both for sake of learning the movements themselves and for allowing us to learn non-movement based information as well. He describes the key role that errors play in triggering our brains to change and how the vestibular (balance) system can activate and amplify neuroplasticity. As always, Dr. Huberman covers science and science-based practical tools.

Timestamps

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 06:20 Nerves and Muscles
  • 12:00 Exercise alone won’t change your brain
  • 12:58 Behavior will change your brain
  • 13:30 Remembering the wrong things
  • 15:00 Behavior as the gate to plasticity
  • 15:45 Types of Plasticity
  • 17:32 Errors Not Flow Trigger Plasticity
  • 21:30 Mechanisms of Plasticity
  • 22:30 What to learn when you are young
  • 23:50 Alignment of your brain maps: neuron sandwiches
  • 26:00 Wearing Prisms On Your Face
  • 29:10 The KEY Trigger Plasticity
  • 32:20 Frustration Is the Feeling to Follow (Further into Learning)
  • 33:10 Incremental Learning
  • 35:30 Huberman Free Throws
  • 38:50 Failure Specificity Triggers Specific Plastic Changes
  • 40:20 Triggering Rapid, Massive Plasticity Made Possible
  • 43:25 Addiction
  • 45:25 An Example of Ultradian-Incremental Learning
  • 49:42 Bad Events
  • 51:55 Surprise!
  • 52:00 Making Dopamine Work For You (Not The Other Way Around)
  • 53:20 HOW to release dopamine
  • 55:00 (Mental) Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • 56:00 Timing Your Learning
  • 57:36 (Chem)Trails of Neuroplasticity
  • 58:57 The Three Key Levers To Accelerate Plasticity
  • 59:15 Limbic Friction: Finding Clear, Calm and Focused
  • 1:04:25 The First Question To Ask Yourself Before Learning
  • 1:05:00 Balance
  • 1:07:45 Cerebellum
  • 1:10:00 Flow States Are Not The Path To Learning
  • 1:11:18 Novelty and Instability Are Key
  • 1:14:55 How to Arrive At Learning
  • 1:15:45 The Other Reason Kids Learn Faster Than Adults
  • 1:19:25 Learning French and Other Things Faster
  • 1:22:00 Yoga versus Science
  • 1:24:15 Closing Remarks