Andrew D. Huberman Quotes

Who is Andrew D. Huberman?

Andrew D. Huberman is an American neuroscientist and professor in Neurobiology at Stanford University, California. He talks about human performance and brain development in his own podcast 'Huberman Lab'.

Born September 26, 1975

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Best 23 Quotes by Andrew D. Huberman

“Positive thinking is not about being delusional. It's about learning how to take control of internal processing and knowing it'll shape your external environment.”

“Testosterone makes effort feel good.”

“We can use play as a means to enhance neuroplasticity and explore novel situations, regardless of age.”

The School of Greatness Podcast Quotes

“Dopamine is the molecule that makes us look at things outside the boundaries of our skin, to be in pursuit of things. Serotonin is about feeling like we have enough in our immediate environment. And it’s so powerful because unless that serotonin box is checked off periodically, we cannot lean back into the dopamine outward pursuit process for very long.”

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“Gratitude sounds like complacency, and people fear that they’re not going to be persistent. But serotonin resets dopamine, which puts you back in the fight and allows you to fight longer and further. If you look at high-performers in these very high-risk/high-consequence special operations communities, they have gratitude practices and they incorporate them.”

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“I think a deliberate practice of relishing or enjoying what we have is so powerful and not just going through the motions, if we’re not enjoying it and we’re just waiting for the end result, we’re going to be unhappy.”

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“If you are in frustration and strain, a sense of play is great because in play, you have focus, and you have intention and alertness. It keeps you light enough that there’s that dopamine release. As adults, we tend to be more demanding of ourselves. We don’t tend to embrace as much play. I think play is important because it’s a great way to learn dopamine release. And it’s a great way to expand one’s experience of life.”

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“Neuroplasticity has two parts. One is the trigger. In adults it is triggered by focus and attention and even a heightened state of agitation. The more frustrated you feel, the more you’re actually triggering learning and saying, ‘this is important’. The second part is deep relaxation. That’s when the connections between neurons called synapses actually get stronger. That’s when the connections that you don’t want get removed.”

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“The human species was given this tremendous gift of neuroplasticity, the ability to change ourselves and be better in deliberate ways. And my definition of greatness is anyone that’s making that effort, even in a tiny way, just to take this incredible machinery that we were given — this nervous system — and to leverage it toward being better, feeling better, and showing up better for other people.”

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“The mental strain you feel when you’re learning something is the trigger for neuroplasticity for your brain to change. Neuroplasticity is a process of taking something where there’s a duration path and outcome — where I’m working hard. I’m thinking hard. Maybe it’s a hard conversation. Maybe it’s a business plan. Maybe it’s a scientific career. And the goal of neuroplasticity is to make things reflexive. So you don’t have to think about them.”

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Twitter post Quotes

“Books that transformed my world view and that impact my thinking and behavior daily:

1) 'The Secret Pulse of Time' by Stefan Klein
2) 'The Creative Act' by Rick Rubin
3) 'On the Move' by Oliver Sacks”

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“Coolidge effect: mate to satiety; the point where further arousal is impossible. But replace the female with a novel one and the male immediately regains vigor and arousal. It has also been shown for females; introducing a novel male restores arousal. The mechanism is dopamine dependent.”

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“Diet is not just about weight. It’s also a potent tool for treating mental health challenges: depression, bipolar depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and more.”

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“I think gratitude is wonderful, it resets the system so that you can be in pursuit.”

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“If you dread cold showers or a cold plunge first thing in the morning, you stand to benefit more, not less from the long lasting adrenaline and dopamine increase it triggers. No obligation; there are many other tools to select from. Avoid deliberate cold after workouts however.”

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“If you’re focusing on how someone else is failing, what’s wrong with X, Y or Z, you’re wasting valuable neural real estate, building less, creating less and slipping backwards. That’s the slow lane. We all have limited forebrain resources — use them wisely.”

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“It’s clear dopamine is not about reward but rather about motivation and drive, and a willingness to persist in a given mode of action and thoughts.

Thus, ask yourself:
1) Where do you get your dopamine from?
2) Is that serving to move you forward? Keeping you stuck? Regressing?”

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“Pillars of mental and physical health and performance:

1) Sleep
2) Sunlight
3) Movement
4) Nutrients
5) Relationships (all kinds, incl. with yourself)

Amplifiers:
Cold exposure (1-5 min, circa-waking and before exercise).

Non-Sleep-Deep-Rest (NSDR); done at any time.”

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“The phrase 'fire together, wire together' explains the nurture in 'nature versus nurture'. It forms the basis of much of adult human behavior, thought patterns and personality.”

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“The science says:
- Meditation improves focus
- Breath work reduces stress
- Non Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR) restores energy
- Self directed hypnosis can solve specific problems

Most of the tested protocols are only 5 to 10 minutes per day and lead to persistent effects.”

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“This fear of death is something we all live with and struggle with, so we have to remember to have fun.”

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“To set your circadian rhythm for sleep-wake cycles, daytime energy and mood etc. it’s is especially important to get outside and get morning sunlight in your eyes on overcast days. The denser the cloud cover the more, not less, you should get outside, sans sunglasses.”

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“Yes, cell phones and smartphones can reduce sperm count and testosterone in a manner independent of heat effects.”

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