GA 048 | The Hidden Brain with Mark Jaben

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Today’s guest is Mark Jaben, a longtime Emergency Physician with a particular interest in brain chemistry and functionality. Mark and I explore the idea of the “hidden brain,” specifically how our prefrontal cortex dictates the decision-making process and how we can harness these principles to become better problem solvers.

An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.  

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Mark’s background and what he’s doing these days (4:38)
  • The two quotations that inspire Mark (7:56)
  • Why we should all care about brain science (8:43)
  • How our brains work when it comes to improvement (9:42)
  • Why and how our brains evolve as we get older (24:24)
  • What we can do to become better problem solvers (27:47)
  • The role diet and rest play in brain performance (35:40)
  • Ways you can learn more about how the brain works (37:40)
  • Mark’s unique take on “Respect for People” (39:35)
  • The best advice Mark has ever received (45:30)
  • Mark’s personal productivity habit (47:46)
  • What Mark does to recharge and refocus (53:18)
  • The skill Mark feels he needs to improve (55:29)

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What Do You Think?

Do you believe brain performance affects continuous improvement practices? Why or why not?