S2 EPISODE 22 - Flow-State, The Athletic Brain & Overcoming Over-Thinking w/ Amit Katwala

In season 2 episode 22, Dr. Bubbs interviews award-winning writer Amit Katwala to discuss how the athletic brain impacts performance. In this episode, Amit discusses how the art of anticipation and high-speed decision making sets elite athlete’s brains apart from the rest of us, describes what happens in the brain when athletes overthink during competition, reviews the connection between brain neuroplasticity, BDNF and dopamine, how to get into a flow-state, strategies for performing under pressure… and much, much more. 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    Chunking – The brain's method for organizing information to reduce the demands on the brain, moving information from the “thinking” pre-frontal cortex to the “primitive” basal ganglia.

2)    Technology may help upgrade brain function by improving executive decision-making, working memory and high-speed decision making.

3)    You can facilitate entering a flow state via ensuring clear goals, having immediate feedback and a challenge to skill ratio of approximately 4%.

About Amit Katwala

Amit is an award-winning sport, science and technology writer, editor, speaker. He is author of the highly acclaimed book The Athletic Brain: How Neuroscience is Revolutionising Sport and Can Help You Perform Better . Follow Amit on Twitter.