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[Podcast] Episode 2: Neurohacking Your Brain’s Potential with Toby Passman

[Podcast] Episode 2: Neurohacking Your Brain’s Potential with Toby Passman


Last Updated on February 19, 2024

In this conversation, Toby Passman, a board-certified neurophysiology trainer, discusses the concepts of neurohacking and biohacking.

He shares his personal journey into the field and explains how neurofeedback and neurostimulation can be used to improve cognitive functioning and mental health. Toby also highlights the importance of neuroplasticity in habit change and discusses the effects of alcohol on the brain. He provides insights into the benefits of red wine and emphasizes the need for mindfulness in our everyday habits.

In this conversation, Toby and Mike discuss addiction, the brain, and the transformative power of psychedelics. They explore how addiction can hijack the brain’s reward system and the role of the prefrontal cortex in curbing addictive behaviors. Toby shares his personal experience with psychedelics and how it helped him overcome social anxiety. They also discuss the future of brain health and the importance of making brain-enhancing tools accessible to everyone.

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Key takeaways

  • Neurohacking and biohacking involve using techniques like neurofeedback and neurostimulation to improve cognitive functioning and mental health.
  • Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and rewire itself, and it plays a crucial role in habit change and personal growth.
  • Alcohol can have short-term sedative effects on the brain by increasing GABA and decreasing glutamate levels, but it can also lead to rebound effects and neurotoxicity
  • Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which has been associated with longevity, but the amount found in wine is too small to provide significant health benefits.
  • Being mindful of our habits and understanding the science behind them can help us make informed choices and promote overall well-being.
  • Addiction can involve substances like alcohol, but it can also extend to other behaviors that provide a dopamine release, such as sex and gambling.
  • The brain’s reward system can become hijacked by addictive substances or behaviors, leading to a focus on seeking more of the pleasurable experience.
  • Psychedelics can have transformative effects on individuals, helping them process and release negative emotions and overcome social anxiety.
    – The future of brain health lies in making brain-enhancing tools, such as neurofeedback training, accessible to a wider audience.

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