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The Brain Always Wins
43 minutes | May 19, 2017
Foundations of CNS Resilience
In this episode Julian Saad and Dr. John Sullivan define and discuss CNS Resilience. This episode identifies the neurophysiological implications of readiness and adaptation in the context of human performance, and draws links between resilience and hormesis. Enjoy the show!
35 minutes | Apr 6, 2017
Hormesis:The Biphasic Dose Response
Many say, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." While this is not necessarily true, there is some truth when we consider how stimuli that are inherently toxic or harmful can strengthen our resilience. This principle is the driver of dose-response phenomenon called "hormesis." This concept suggests that stress, when properly dosed, yields stimulation and growth. Simultaneously, when improperly dosed, stress yields toxicity or inhibition. Join Julian and Dr. Sullivan as they discuss the important applications of the biphasic dose-response to science and every day life!
41 minutes | Feb 23, 2017
Brain Health Vs. Mental Health: An Intro to Neurodiversity
Why must we distinguish brain health from mental health? In this episode, Julian and John discuss the importance of brain health assessments when modeling group and individual long term development. Neurodiversity exists and we must not neglect it!
59 minutes | Jan 18, 2017
'Synergy' Yields the Evolution of Human High Performance
In this episode Julian Saad and Dr. John Sullivan discuss the synergistic nature of the PROCESS wheel. Human performance is never independent of the human brain. The human brain's processes are multifactorial and linear! Todays episode covers the following topics:- The Foundations of Synergy, the Final PROCESS Variable- Stress is NEVER Linear- Synergy, Exercise Dosing, and Motivation- Synergy Helps Us Understand Preventative Health- Genetics, Epigenetics, and Adaptation- The Difference Between Habitual (Linear) Stress Process and Oscillation Process in Day-to-Day Schedules- Each PROCESS Variable’s Impact on the Others- Radical dieting through the lens of Synergy and PROCESS management- PROCESS vs. One-Size-Fits-All Models- The Brain Likes Subtle, Predictable Change- Hormesis, Adaptation, and Biological Plasticity- The Future of Prevention Lies Within Synergy
57 minutes | Jan 4, 2017
Assessment, Prevention, Performance - The Future of Elite Sport Models
Happy New Year BAW Listeners! This episode kicks off the 2017 schedule at the Brain Always Wins. In this episode, Julian and Dr. Sullivan talk about the future of elite sport models and the importance of brain health processes for high performance environments. In this episode you will here these important topics covered:- The Constructed Term: Student-Athlete- Brain Health vs. Mental Health- Brain Health in the NCAA- Brain Health and Recruitment into the Workplace- The importance of Brain Health Resources for Student Athletes- Health and Performance are NEVER Independent of Each other- Sport is Trauma- Assessment is the Gateway to Prevention- Prevention is the Gateway to High Performance Environment- Brain Health Assessment in Business- “The Brain is the Seed of Human Innovation”- P.R.O.C.E.S.S. is Driven by Human Beings not Revenue- Prevention Saves Money and Increases Performance- Over-Training Assessment
45 minutes | Dec 8, 2016
A Second Brain?
Your brain is incredibly efficient. Throughout evolution, our other internal systems developed in concert with our brain. Research is starting to uncover breaking findings on the gut-brain axis that force us to reconsider how we understand the gut microbiome. Join Julian and Dr. Sullivan as they use their gut-instincts to discuss the science of the "second brain."
47 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
Black Friday on your mind? Marketing is on your brain!
In this episode Julian and Dr. Sullivan discuss the importance of scientific literacy in a world of marketing. While you might assume marketing is just about advertisements and products, the duo discuss how misleading words, ill-defined terms, and pseudoscience can be harmful when you don't even realize it. Before you click "purchase" on your favorite website this Cyber Monday, be sure to tune in to have your emotions regulated and cognitions in tact with the useful science that protects you! Don't let marketing take advantage of you any longer.
50 minutes | Nov 9, 2016
Training Decision Making: Confidence, Emotions, and Pattern Recognition
In this episode, Julian and Dr. Sullivan engage their first FAQ Applied Training Discussion. Today's topic is "How do we train decision-making?" The duo engage a discussion on the process of decision-making, and the variables that influence our decision-making outcomes. Further, they talk about the true definition behind "confidence" and how it is precisely the result of decision-training.
43 minutes | Oct 26, 2016
Microexpressions "Trump" Words: The Brain Behind Socialization, The Election 2016, & Leadership
In this episode Julian Saad and Dr. John Sullivan discuss the last individual variable in the P.R.O.C.E.S.S. wheel, Socialization. With the election approaching, we discuss how socialization is in effect during political messaging, our reactions to candidates, and the debate process. Leadership is rooted in interpersonal neurobiology. Join us as we discuss the science behind socialization, evolution and YOUR BRAIN!
63 minutes | Oct 12, 2016
The Cold-Hearted Truth About Ice Baths
In this episode Dr. Jonathan Peake brings his latest research on cold water immersion to The Brain Always Wins. Recent findings suggest that we might want to reconsider our recovery practices. Dr. Peake brings his experience as an exercise physiologist onto the show to discuss adaptation, process, dogma, applied vs basic research, and trans-dicisplinary science. The brain matters in physiology research. Enjoy!
40 minutes | Oct 5, 2016
Lessons From Concussion
50 minutes | Sep 28, 2016
Are YOU a performer? Yes, WE all are!
In this episode Dr. John Sullivan and Julian Saad talk about what it means when they say, "We are all performers." On the brain level we are using brain performance on a daily basis. In this episode the duo discusses performance transferability from relationships to business to sport. Innovation is a result of sequenced brain health process. Even reading this description requires a sequence of processes that have brought you to read, listen, learn, feel, and react. The brain matters most for performance. Enjoy the show!
29 minutes | Sep 20, 2016
MythBusters: Brain Edition
In today's episode Julian and Dr. Sullivan bust some of the popularized myths about the brain: What percentage of our brain do we use? Do we have only five senses? When does the brain stop growing? Is it "all down hill" after 40? Are we "hard-wired" to be a certain way? Is our brain "wired" for happiness? Tune in to find out!
50 minutes | Sep 14, 2016
#9 The ILLUSION of "Mental Toughness"?
Some of the greatest moments in sport history have produced dialogue and quotes that perpetuate the topic of mental toughness. BAW Host Julian Saad interviews Elite Sport Psychologist, Dr. John Sullivan, to get a focused lens on the "Illusion" many refer to as mental toughness. In this episode, the two dive into the science behind performance in states many would refer to as "being mentally tough". The episode covers practical science and narrative to assess the state of this construct. Ultimately, if the science behind mental toughness is lacking, then what have we been talking about when referring to some of sport and life's greatest moments? Tune in to find out!
33 minutes | Sep 7, 2016
#8 Doping, The Olympics & You: What can we learn?
How does doping in the Olympics apply to you? Sounds like a controversial topic! In this episode, Clinical Sport Psychologist/Scientist Dr. John Sullivan and host Julian Saad discuss the important topic of doping inside and outside of elite sport. In this conversation they discuss the potential limits of human performance in the context of the modern training, performance, and brain health. Ultimately, whether you are doping or not, all training is loading the brain. Dr. John Sullivan brings his expertise in elite sport to address the concerns of “brain-less” or “science-less” training for clean athletes as well as the paradoxical reality that tons of science and resources are poured into doping regimes to win at all costs. The episode highlights the importance of top-down, brain first training theory, and how adaptation of the brain is what facilitates human evolution past previous barriers, towards higher levels of performance.
38 minutes | Aug 30, 2016
#7 Emotions Run the Show in Sport & Life
Is your pre-race, pre-competition, or pre-presentation pump-up music taking away from your performance? In Episode 7, you can learn how "Emotions run the show in sport and life." When Dr. John Sullivan says this, he means that as humans we actually "feel" first and then "think", not the other way around. In this episode Julian Saad and Dr. John Sullivan engaged the conversation that we all are emotional beings. Emotions are drivers of every decision we make. Dr. John Sullivan brings his expertise in elite level performance and clinical practice to highlight how and why, each of us are the "emotional-type". The discussion covers the science, measurement, and training process of our emotions, relating them to real life moments such as listening to music before competition. When we have a feeling in our gut or even our heart, it's an accurate description of emotional signal location. Enjoy!
28 minutes | Aug 24, 2016
#6 Brain v.s. Mind & Cognitive Training
Cognitive training is the *C* in The Brain Always Wins P.R.O.C.E.S.S. wheel. In this episode Dr. John Sullivan and Julian Saad define "cognitive training" and identify some of these practices. The episode kicks off with an important discussion about the difference between 'the brain' and 'the mind' and why we cannot confuse the two. Dr. Sullivan and Julian then discuss meditation, attention, and the interaction of brain health and cognitive training. Dr. John Sullivan has spent over 20 years practicing as an elite level Clinical Sport Psychologist and Sport Scientist. In this episode he brings his research and clinical observations to this discussion, emphasizing the importance of measurement, safe/valid science, and clearly defined terms.
31 minutes | Aug 17, 2016
#5 Optimal Nutrition - The *O* in P.R.O.C.E.S.S.
Why does hunger produce negative emotions, lower performance, and increase physical discomfort? In this episode we jump into a discussion on optimal nutrition and its effect on brain health - both short term and long term. Dr. John Sullivan and Julian Saad introduce the gut-brain axis, noting that while their are many dietary trends, fads and books out there, nutrition varies from one individual to the next. Understanding how to assess brain health and nutrition is a key to consistent a high performance.
29 minutes | Aug 10, 2016
#4 Rest & Recovery - The R in P.R.O.C.E.S.S.
In this episode we delve into the *R* in the P.R.O.C.E.S.S. wheel in The Brain Always Wins book. In a world where performance is constantly measured (in work, in school, in sport, in family, and in life), we often forget to measure and give attention to this vital performance enhancer! Join our discussion on this important process variable and learn how rest is a stimulation that must match your performance stimulation.
1 minutes | Aug 9, 2016
Why Should I Listen to the Brain Always Wins?
Take a 38 seconds to begin to answer an important "why" question. Why should I listen to The Brain Always Wins podcast?
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