Neuroscientist Heather Berlin explains current research into creative "flow states", examining what happens in the brain when rappers and jazz musicians improvise.
As part of Big Think's partnership with 92Y's Seven Days of Genius series, New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer asks Heather Berlin about the research that illuminates our understanding of genius.
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Arianna Huffington argues that mindfulness meditation is a necessary antidote to America's unhealthy work culture.
Flow is technically defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and we perform our best. Steven Kotler runs through the neuroanatomic shifts that make it possible.
We now know that flow works not like an on-off switch but in a four-part cycle. Understanding these cycles can help you to more often access flow.
Beyond neuroanatomy and neurochemistry, flow states rely on shifts in the brain's neuroelectricity.
Futurist Michael Vassar explains why it makes perfect sense to conclude that the creation of greater-than-human AI would doom humanity.