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Dr. Mark D'Esposito: How to Optimize Cognitive Function & Brain Health

Dr. Mark D'Esposito: How to Optimize Cognitive Function & Brain Health

Update: 2024-02-1928
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Mark D'Esposito, M.D., a neurologist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. We discuss the brain mechanisms underlying cognition and the forms of memory required for focus, productivity, planning and achieving goals, and learning. We discuss neurochemicals such as dopamine and acetylcholine and how they can be leveraged to improve cognitive functioning. We also discuss concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease, and ways to restore or slow cognitive decline by using pharmacologic, lifestyle and behavioral protocols. This episode provides a modern understanding of cognition and memory and actionable tools to optimize brain health and function.

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Timestamps

(00:00:00 ) Dr. Mark D’Esposito

(00:02:08 ) Sponsors: Maui Nui, Joovv & Eight Sleep

(00:06:23 ) Brain & Frontal Lobes, Prefrontal Cortex, Executive Function

(00:10:31 ) Frontal Lobe Development, Children

(00:14:12 ) Rules, Context & Impulse Control; Learning & Goals

(00:21:45 ) Focus, Improving Executive Function

(00:26:04 ) Connections & Top-Down Signals

(00:29:02 ) Sponsor: AG1

(00:30:29 ) Frontal Lobe Injury; Emotional Regulation

(00:37:26 ) Smartphones, Social Media

(00:44:37 ) Working Memory, Dopamine

(00:52:59 ) Sponsor: LMNT

(00:54:22 ) Dopamine Levels & Working Memory, Cognitive Tasks, Genetics

(01:00:03 ) Bromocriptine & Working Memory, Dopamine

(01:06:21 ) Guanfacine, Neurotransmitter Levels, Pupil Dilation & Biomarker Tests

(01:12:46 ) Bromocriptine, Olympics; Pharmacology & Cognitive Function, Adderall

(01:19:27 ) Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

(01:25:22 ) Sleep, TBI, Concussion & Executive Function; BrainHQ

(01:31:57 ) Aging & Frontal Executive System; Brain Health

(01:39:26 ) Tools: Brain Health & Boosting Executive Function, Books

(01:47:26 ) Alzheimer’s Disease, Genetics, Pharmacology

(01:51:48 ) Parkinson’s Disease, L-Dopa; Coping with Alzheimer’s; Nicotine

(01:58:37 ) Estrogen & Dopamine, Cognition; Tool: Physical Exercise

(02:04:43 ) Tool: Mindfulness Meditation & Executive Function

(02:10:31 ) Brain Networks; Modularity

(02:17:08 ) Modularity, Brain Indices

(02:22:53 ) Psilocybin; Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

(02:30:16 ) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, YouTube Feedback, Sponsors, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter

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Comments (4)

Daniel Henry

I wish this guy was my neurologist. all of them now just care about increasing the dosage, which has had a negative effect on my working memory. neuropsychologists actually test for cognitive function. a good game to improve the memory is portal 2, it has been proven to be better for cognition than a lot of online material.

Mar 24th
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shirin Sh

6 min ads!?

Feb 20th
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