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How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed | Daniel Levitin

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How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed | Daniel Levitin

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You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. We all are going to fail now and then, he says. The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.

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How stress affects your body - Sharon Horesh Bergquist

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Our hard-wired stress response is designed to gives us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Sharon Horesh Bergquist gives us a look at what goes on inside our body when we are chronically stressed.

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Why some of us don't have one true calling | Emilie Wapnick

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls multipotentialites — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

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How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

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Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong | Julia Galef

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?

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Speech Breakdown: TEDx Talk by Daniel Levitin How to Stay Calm When You Know You'll be Stressed.

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Daniel Levitin How to stay calm when you know you ll be stressed

You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. We all are going to fail now and then, he says. The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.

Daniel Levitin : How to Stay Calm When You Know You'll Be Stressed

Daniel Levitin on Information Overload

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Modern society is in a state of data deluge, and our brains are struggling to keep up with the demands of the digital age.

In this excerpt from the event, Daniel Levitin explains how our brains organise a flood of information, and how we can harness that understanding to be more efficient, and less stressed in an increasingly wired and distracted world.

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TED Talks in 2 Min. | Stress Management (Daniel Levitin)

TED Talk by Daniel Levitin on how to manage stress through pre-mortems (i.e., by simulating in advance).

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Always conduct a pre-mortem instead of a post-mortem. Train yourself to think ahead. Simulate events in your mind and try to fix all things that could possibly go wrong. Just do it now instead of later! Spend time in planning smartly. You will never regret. Take smart decisions during your pre-mortems. Consider this scenario as a smart example: A medicine gives benefit to 20% of the patients but gives heart attacks to 50% of the patients. Would you take it? Talk to your physician and then take your decision. This is just one example to illustrate the point. By conducting pre-mortems, you prevent stress build-up! Be smart and plan in advance. Listen to the original TED Talk here:

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Time-Management Tips from a Neuroscientist | Daniel Levitin

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Daniel Levitin: Musical Minds

musician and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin argues from evolutionary predicates that music predates language in humans

Thinking Straight in an Age of Information Overload | Daniel Levitin | Talks at Google

he information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

The Truth About Lies with Daniel Levitin

We are bombarded each day with bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies in amongst the facts. But how can we know if we are being sold mistruths? Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin explains that although we may expect newspapers, the government and Wikipedia to be factually correct, so often aren’t. He encourages us to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter and discourages us from passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it.

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The World in Six Songs: Dr. Daniel Levitin at TEDxUSC 2012

Dr. Levitin, along with the Sonos and LACDC, shows us how the evolution of the human brain made possible music, art, science and society as we know them. He does all this while uncovering six fundamental ways that songs communicate emotion and ideas and so have built human nature.
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The Organized Mind: Daniel Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, McGill University: Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, Minerva Schools, Keck Graduate Institute; Author, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Allen Lane, 2014)
Big Ideas Speaker Series @ Rotman
Taped August 19, 2014
TOPIC: The Organized Mind


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Daniel J. Levitin in conversation with Larry Vincent

Daniel J. Levitin in conversation with Larry Vincent discussing his book, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. For more info on upcoming events, videos and our podcast, visit

Daniel Levitin Interview: How to Organize Your Mind | Simplify Podcast

In this episode of Simplify, neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin unlocks the secret functions of the human brain and explains how to keep your mind healthy.
Did you know that a small part of your brain can fall asleep while the other parts are awake and working? And we can't trust our memories, either: it turns out that much of what ends up getting stored in memory, especially what people remember about themselves and their past, is a distortion.

But it's not all bad news! Listen as Dr. Daniel Levitin of The Organized Mind sheds light on what we've long misunderstood about our brains and makes recommendations on how to keep your mind healthy with “cellular housekeeping.

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Daniel Levitin: Why Music Moves Us

You know the feeling. You hear that song and it evokes a certain emotion or memory. Cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin sits down with Steve Paikin to explain how music moves us.

Daniel Levitin: A Field Guide to Lies

For neuroscientist Daniel Levitin our tendency to believe the things we see in the media is problematic because it values immediacy over accuracy. By observing breaking news coverage and the consumption of it Levitin was confronted with how vital exercising critical thinking is. So he wrote a book about it - A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. He joins guest host Candy Palmater to give her the tips and tricks to staying informed while also staying critical.
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