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TPS82: Optimizing Your Brain w/ Dr. Andrew Hill

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Today we dive into the science of the brain, how to keep it healthy, and what you can do to make your brain more focused, alert, and productive. Dr. Andrew Hill, PhD is the Lead Neuroscientist at truBrain and founder of Peak Brain, and he discusses how your brain needs to be exercised, what foods and supplements support brain health, and the power of meditation.

Cheat Sheet

  • All about Dr. Andrew Hill’s work at the intersection of mind and brain
  • What peak performance really means and how to achieve it
  • Why our ability to enhance plasticity in our brains is much broader than any of us know and how to do it effectively
  • The personal story of how Dr. Hill got interested in brains and science of the mind
  • Why our brain needs to be exercised and how to do it
  • How we can actually optimize our brains to perform better
  • How you can play to your strengths and change how your brain actually functions
  • How  to optimize your brain with sleep hacking and mindfulness practices
  • The many benefits of meditation and how it can improve your memory and other brain functions
  • Insights into what the research Dr. Hill has been doing on brain waves tells us about the mind
  • How you can locate someone simply by reading their brain waves
  • How neuro-feedback works and why the strategy is successful
  • Why forehead training is the least reliable way to train your brain
  • Dr. Andrew Hill’s take on the “meditation” bands and other brain bands
  • How diet effects cognition and why low carb is brain-healthy
  • Why coffee is healthy for your brain


Book, tool, ritual

Book: The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force by Jeffrey Schwartz MD and Sharon Begley

Tool: Insight Timer – Meditation Timer app

Ritual: Ashtanga yoga practice

Connect with Dr. Andrew Hill

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Posted by Brad Simon  | March 14, 2016 at 11:51AM | Reply

Zack, I really enjoyed this episode! It’s packed with lots of great information. It was great how your very casual comment about the efficacy of the biofeedback training turned into a passionate rebuttal by Dr. Hill.

Beyond all this, it sounded like you were really having a good time, too!

Posted by Steve Della-Valentina  | March 22, 2016 at 10:39PM | Reply

Hey, this was a wonderful episode!

Did you ever find that website that compares the effectiveness of supplements?

Posted by Zachary Sexton  | April 5, 2016 at 10:59AM | Reply

Thanks Brad. It was a fun one. I learned a lot by actually listening to the conversation again.

And the supplement site is Steve.

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