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The Science of Peak Human Performance

The Science of Peak Human Performance




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Runner's high decoded

Runner's high decoded

In the runner's high or "flow" state where we feel best, perform best & are on a roll with rapid-fire problem-solving:

  • Any brain structure that would hamper the heightened awareness & attention state, is shut off.
  • Brain waves hover between day-dreaming and the radical idea-combining state just befor falling asleep.
  • The 5 chemicals that go into upping attention, pattern recognition, lateral thinking, muscle reaction time...are all pleasure-inducing and performance enhancing brain chemicals.


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Why decision-making is easier in flow state

Why decision-making is easier in flow state

According to John Hopkins neuroscientist Charles Lamb, when in peak performance or flow state...when you are "in the zone" -

  • The self-monitoring part of our brain is deactivated (as shown by fMRI).
  • It means, no more second-guessing or interference from our voice of doubt.
  • And so, risk-taking becomes less frightening and we act without hesitation.
  • All this lets us flow at a faster pace.


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Why the hype

Why the hype

Researches believe most athletic gold medals, world championships, significant progress in the arts, and major scientific breakthroughs come from a flow state.

It's called "flow" because every action and decision leads seamlessly, fluidly to the next.


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"It's an efficiency exchange. We're trading energy usually used for higher cognitive functions, for heightened attention and awareness."



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