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Jul 5, 2021

This episode I describe how our ears and nervous system decode sound waves and gravity to allow us to hear and make sense of sounds. I also describe protocols for rapid learning of sound and other types of information. I discuss sound localization, doppler effects (sound motion), pitch perception and how we isolate sounds in noisy environments. I also review the scientific findings on binaural beats and white noise and how they can improve learning. Other topics and protocols include tinnitus, sea sickness, ear movement, ear growth and the science-supported ways we can all accelerate learning using "gap effects".


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  • 00:00:00 Overview of Topics
  • 00:02:20 Protocol: New Data for Rapid Learning 
  • 00:09:10 Introduction: Hearing & Balance 
  • 00:13:53 How We Perceive Sounds
  • 00:21:56 Your Hearing Brain (Areas)  
  • 00:23:48 Localizing Sounds
  • 00:28:00 Ear Movement: What It Means 
  • 00:33:00 Your Ears (Likely) Make Sounds: Role of Hormones, Sexual Orientation 
  • 00:35:30 Binaural Beats: Do They Work? 
  • 00:43:54 White Noise Can Enhance Learning & Dopamine
  • 00:51:00 Headphones
  • 00:55:51 White Noise During Development: Possibly Harmful
  • 01:03:25 Remembering Information, & The Cocktail Party Effect
  • 01:12:55 How to Learn Information You Hear
  • 01:18:10 Doppler
  • 01:22:43 Tinnitus: What Has Been Found To Help?
  • 01:30:40 Aging: How Big Are Your Ears?
  • 01:35:00 Balance: Semi-Circular Canals
  • 01:40:35 A Vestibular Experiment
  • 01:43:15 Improve Your Sense of Balance
  • 01:48:55 Accelerating Balance
  • 01:51:55 Self-Generated Forward Motion
  • 01:56:25 Dizzy versus Light-Headed
  • 01:58:38 Motion Sickness Solution
  • 02:01:23 Synthesis


Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman's teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed.