Hack Your Brain

Note: This blog was a test of using storify to export to wordpress. It posted as an active blog – wish it had posted in draft mode first. Storify has great potential, though, but would like to suggest a few usability tweaks to it. The below is meant as a timeline of what I thought was most important from a SXSW session I went to.

  1. Facilitator: Megan Miller
  2. First up: Michael Scanlon from Lumosity
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    Thu, Mar 15 2012 11:12:27
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    Peak mental performance around an average of 7 hrs sleep a night. Moderate exercise helps too. Good for heart, good for brain. #SXbrainhack

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 15:17:11
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    Playing a musical instrument is positively correlated to increasing IQ over time. #sxbrainhack

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 15:20:58
  6. Next: Dan Wetmore from Sheepdog Sciences
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    Thu, Mar 15 2012 11:28:18
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    “Leverage what the brain does well to compensate for what the brain does poorly” #sxbrainhack #sxblonon #sxsw

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 15:35:11
  9. Last: Dave Asprey from Bulletproof – formerly diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome – brain hacked his way out of it
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    Thu, Mar 15 2012 11:22:22
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    Hack ur brain by hacking your heart first. Decrease heart rate variability to increase brain power #sxbrainhack #SXSW

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 15:37:25
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    Thu, Mar 15 2012 11:22:22
  13. Yoga breathing can mimic the positive effects of LSD
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    questions about (legal) drugs to help improve performance all lead to recommendation to meditate & do breathing exercises. #sxbrainhack

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 15:57:13
  15. Question from audience:  if hacking your brain works, why doesn’t science explore these types of treatements?  A: from Michael Scanlon:  traditional science starts with a hypothesis and then finds data, which limits the perspective to the hypothesis.  Future = Big Data will tell us the solution without a hypothesis.
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    “Big data and the quantified self movement is going to kick science’s ass.” Biohacker Dave Asprey @ #SXbrainhack #SXSW

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 16:01:41
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    #sxbrainhack blew my mind and I am excited about the implications for #ADHD treatmt

    Fri, Mar 09 2012 16:06:43

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