SOURCES: Brain Hacks for Productivity & Creativity

Let’s debunk the myth of the struggling artist and talk about applying the latest findings in neurobiology to get the most from our design process!

I am delighted to present a lecture on the intersection of neuroscience, perception & creativity for the 2022 Annual Conference on Landscape Architecture. It's called Brain Hacks for Productivity & Creativity in the Studio / Office. 

In the talk, I introduce proven neurological interventions for you to create a toolbox of strategies to incorporate into your professional (and personal) life.

My source list is extensive and I couldn't include it in the presentation itself, so if you are interested in where I got my info, just scroll down.

If you want to learn even more about this stuff (there's a whole lot I couldn't cover in 1 lecture) I'm doing a 4 week workshop on this very topic in January called Creative, Productive You. Check it out!




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Use the Science of Ultradian Rhythms To Boost Productivity, Energy, and Willpower. Accessed September 14, 2022 

Avoid Burnout and Increase Awareness Using Ultradian Rhythms. Accessed September 14, 2022 

Does Thinking Burn Calories? Here's What the Science Says. Accessed Sept 19, 2022. 

Sugar and the Brain. Accessed Sept 20, 2022 

Does Practice Always Make Perfect? The Surprising Answer. Accessed Oct 18, 2022.

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