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Why We Forget & How to Train Your Brain to Remember with Dr. Charan Ranganath

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Why do you remember some things and forget others?

When it comes to memory, your brain is programmed to forget. That’s why it’s not only important to train your memory, but understand the complex mechanism of how your brain actually records and retrieves the past. Your memories make you who you are. And because of the way your brain transforms memories, you can use them to understand the present and imagine the future.

I’m excited to go on a deep dive into this topic with our guest today, Dr. Charan Ranganath. Dr. Ranganath is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Dynamic Memory Lab at UC Davis. For over 25 years, he’s studied the mechanisms in the brain that allows you to remember past events. He’s here to talk about his brand-new book, Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory’s Power to Hold on to What Matters.

There is extraordinary overlap in the brain between the systems that operate your memory and your imagination. You can use this overlap to make better choices that can lead to better memories. That in turn, can open new opportunities in your life. Listen in as Dr. Ranganath goes into how the brain records and retrieves the past, and what you can do to make your memory stronger.

Amplify Your Learning Skills Through Sounds & Music with Jim Kwik

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How does sound impact your body and brain?

If you’re like most people, when you think of calming sounds, you think of music. The link between music and the powerful effect it has on your body, mind, and soul has been recognized since the dawn of time. But it isn’t the only thing you hear on a daily basis. And those sounds can have a powerful impact on not only how you feel, but how you perform.

I’m excited to go on a deep dive into this topic with you today. There have been numerous studies expanding what we know about sound and the brain—some that might surprise you.
Taking control of what is in your auditory environment can shape your cognitive performance and emotional well-being. It can calm your autonomic nervous system, improve your ability to focus and concentrate, and even change your brain wave patterns. Listen in as I go over ways you can amplify how you learn by tuning in to different auditory experiences.

3 Fun Activities for Lifelong Brain Health with Jim Kwik

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Can the games and activities you played as a child strengthen your brain as an adult?

When you were a child, playing with toys like Legos and puzzles, or even solving word games probably filled you joy and curiosity. They gave you a goal to work towards and provided hours of entertainment as you puzzled over them until you could see the final result. But these activities weren’t just fun, they were good for your neural development, too.

Today, I want to explore the brain-boosting benefits of play and how activities you enjoyed as a child can support cognitive performance across your lifespan. These classic pastimes aren’t just fun, they can actually exercise your brain.

Keeping your brain active and engaged as you age is crucial in maintaining cognitive health and mental performance. Mentally stimulating activities that you enjoy can help boost your memory, improve your reasoning, and sharpen your problem-solving capabilities. Listen in as I go over how you can use toys, games, and puzzles to keep your brain healthy and strong at any stage of life.

Equipping Parents to Raise Confident, Kind, and Responsible Kids with Dr. Daniel Amen

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What role does mental strength play in your child’s success?

There’s no doubt that kids need their parent’s love and support to become happy, healthy adults. But that same love and support can have a dark side if it results in you doing too much for them. Even though it can be hard to watch your kids struggle or face consequences for their decisions, allowing them to make mistakes just might be the most important thing you can do to help them succeed.

In this episode, Dr. Daniel Amen is going to talk about how to nurture mental strength in your children. Dr. Amen is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, and founder of BrainMD and Amen Clinics, where he’s completed over 200,00 SPECT brain scans from all over the world. Dr. Amen is also the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books, including his latest, Raising Mentally Strong Kids: How to Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic to Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults.

Raising mentally strong kids in today’s world is a challenge. Between alarming trends in mental health and the hidden dangers of our technological world, parents face an uphill battle like never before. That’s why Dr. Amen is on a mission to equip you with the tools to raise resilient, competent, and thriving young minds. Listen in as Dr. Amen shares three things that will ensure you always make good parenting decisions so you can raise mentally strong children.

Reset Your Metabolism, Reboot Your Mental Health with Dr. Christopher Palmer

Is medication always the answer to mental illness?

Anyone who has ever suffered from a mental health condition knows how isolating it can be. You’re desperate to get better, but often the answer is medication and management instead of actual healing. But there may be an entirely new range of treatment strategies available. Options directly tied to lifestyle factors crucial in changing your metabolism allowing you to manage a wide range of conditions.

I’m excited to welcome Dr. Christopher Palmer to the show today. Dr. Palmer is a Harvard psychiatrist and researcher who works directly with understanding the link between metabolism and mental health. He’s the Founder and Director of the Metabolic and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Palmer is here to talk about his new book, Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health—and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More.

Everything from depression to anxiety, and even more serious illnesses like schizophrenia, share underlying causes potentially rooted in your metabolism. And what you eat, how you sleep, your lifestyle choices, all play a profound role. It’s possible to change your brain energy and metabolism through practical everyday steps. If you feel like you aren’t getting better, like your ideas and questions are being dismissed, this episode is for you.

The Art of Arguing: Using Disagreements to Deepen Your Relationships with Dr. Julie and John Gottman

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Can the biggest conflicts in your relationship actually bring you closer and create deeper intimacy?

Happy couples fight. But there is a difference between healthy conflict and unhealthy fighting. One leads to stronger marriages and relationships while the other ends in heartbreak, frustration, and loneliness. But even more importantly, how you fight can predict the future of your relationship.

I’m excited to welcome our guests John and Julie Gottman to the show today. The Gottman’s are world experts on relationships with over fifty years of research and clinical experience. Together, they founded The Gottman Institute and have written multiple books, including their latest, Fight Right: How Successful Couples Turn Conflict Into Connection.

Conflict between two people is inevitable. But the first three minutes of that fight can lead to understanding or disaster. Listen in as the Gottman’s share the four horseman behaviors that ruin marriages and show you to use the Bagel Method to compromise and connect for a happier, healthier partnership.