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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 to stay calm under pressure - Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen

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Your favorite athlete closes in for a win; the crowd holds its breath, and at the crucial moment ... she misses the shot. That competitor just experienced the phenomenon known as “choking,” where despite months, even years, of practice, a person fails right when it matters most. Why does this happen, and what can we do to avoid it? Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen explain why we choke under pressure.

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My secret to staying focused under pressure | Russell Wilson

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Athletes train their bodies to run faster, jump higher, throw farther -- so why don't they train their minds, too? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about the power of neutral thinking, which helps him thrive under pressure (both on the field and off) -- and shows how you can use this mindset to make the right moves in your own life.

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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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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.

How to reduce stress and fear before and during your next presentation

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An ER doctor on triaging your crazy busy life | Darria Long

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How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a straightforward framework to help you take back control and feel less overwhelmed when life starts to get crazy busy.

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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. Your silence serves no one, says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down -- and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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Why incompetent people think they're amazing - David Dunning

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How good are you with money? What about reading people’s emotions? How healthy are you, compared to other people you know? Knowing how our skills stack up against others is useful in many ways. But psychological research suggests that we’re not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities. David Dunning describes the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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How to Stay Calm When You Know You'll Be Stressed (animated video)

Whenever you sense danger of some kind—whether it’s real or imagined—your body’s defenses start an automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.” Look at it like your body’s panic button.

When pushed, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, that prepares your body for an emergency.
Sometimes, this stress response is incredibly helpful, like try to prevent a wild animal from eating you. But the problem is, you're likely hitting your body’s panic too much. When you experience too much stress for an extended period of time it causes major damage to your health, mood, productivity, and radically diminishes your quality of life.
One way to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed is preparing for the event beforehand. You can do this through mental contrasting. Psychologist and author Gabriele Oettingin suggests using a mental contrasting tool called WOOP, which stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan.

To do it, close your eyes and imagine your wish coming true for a few minutes. This is the wish and outcome part. Let’s say you imagine doing well on your final exam. Then, imagine the main obstacle standing in the way of your desired outcome. For this example, the main obstacle for not acing the final exam, could be not studying and preparing properly. Then lastly, the plan. This is where you envision the action you would take if such a barrier were to present itself. In this example, it could mean studying several hours a day in, or hiring a tutor to help you prepare for the exam.

Dr. Oettingin found in her study of health providers that those who used this mental contrasting tool were significantly more engaged with their work and less stressed than members of a control group.

The reason this approach is better than wishful thinking is because, wishfully fantasizing about the perfect outcome without making any effort towards achieving that outcome can make you feel better and ease your stress in the short-term, but it can be counterproductive. This false sense of confidence, often leads you to preparing less and making it less likely to achieve your desired outcome. For example, if you fantasize about acing your test and feel so confident that you don’t study, then you likely won’t get the grade you want on the exam.

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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, ft. Renée Fleming, Victor Wooten, & Hardy Hemphill - Just a Memory

As part of an episode of Music and Mind LIVE with Renée Fleming, Daniel Levitin performed his song Just a Memory, joined by Renée, Victor Wooten (bass), and Hardy Hemphill (keyboard). Music In Place 501c3 helped – it’s the California-based philanthropy that is helping musicians to manage the loss of income they’ve experienced due to the pandemic.
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Successful Aging: Daniel J. Levitin

Speaker: Daniel J. Levitin, Neuroscientist; Cognitive Psychologist; Author
Topic: Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives (Allen Lane, Jan. 7, 2020)
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Daniel Levitin: How to Age Well

Why do some people seem to age better than others? And what happens in the brain as people get older? Daniel Levitin explores these questions in his book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, discovering along the way that old age, like infancy or adolescence, is its own unique period of development with its own distinct advantages.
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Why we choke under pressure -- and how to avoid it | Sian Leah Beilock

When the pressure is on, why do we sometimes fail to live up to our potential? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock reveals what happens in your brain and body when you choke in stressful situations, sharing psychological tools that can help you perform at your best when it matters most.

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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.

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Neuroscientist Reveals 3 Secrets to Reverse Ageing : Dr. Daniel Levitin | Bitesize

Imagine if you could reverse ageing and cognitive decline and improve your brain health purely through your mindset and approach to life.

This week’s Feel Better Live More Bitesize guest is Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist and best-selling author. His books include The Organized Mind and Successful Ageing.

He explains why what we do day-to-day affects not just our short-term health, but also how our brain changes with age. With some simple changes, he believes it's more than possible to increase our healthspan as well as our lifespan.

Daniel describes 3 personality traits, or mindsets, that are the key ingredient to long-term health and happiness.

These are simple and fun things we can do now to live a live a healthy and fulfilling life both today and into our old age.

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Why People Cling To Old Beliefs ~ Daniel Levitin

Cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist at McGill University, Daniel Levitin, explains why people can be so stubborn when it comes to false beliefs. This behavior is illogical, Levitin says, and goes against rational thought. Learn more about what Levitin has to say on this topic in his latest book A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.

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