Ariel is guest host on Meditation Studio and Muse's podcast Untangle: Inside the Head Of.... In each episode, we get inside the heads of Neuroscientists, Psychotherapists, Meditators, and an eclectic mix of experts skilled in the mental arts. They'll take us on a unique journey of learning not just about their cutting edge work, but also about their insights into how their own brain works. It's a special window on learning about the brain, how to optimize it, and how to manage the crazy that sometimes floods all of our minds.
ARIEL GARTEN - YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION
Ariel Garten is the co-founder of Muse, the Brain Sensing Headband that gives you feedback as you meditate. She has an amazing background in neuroscience, psychotherapy and art. Ariel shares her personal story and why she created a neurotechnology tool that helps you understand what’s going on inside your brain while you’re meditating.
RUDY TANZI - HOW CHANGING YOUR HABITS CAN CHANGE YOUR GENES
Rudy Tanzi is a leading Alzheimer's researcher whose pioneering genetic research changed our understanding of the disease forever. We are also honoured to have him advise Muse. He shares the power meditation and natural supplements have to change the brain in ways we’re only beginning to understand, and provides practical prescriptions for protecting your brain.
Rudy and I had so much fun talking about music, creativity, Alzheimer’s, and life. Listen to the full conversation here:
JIM KWIK - HOW TO REMEMBER ANYTHING
Jim Kwik is a celebrity brain trainer who teaches tools and techniques to optimize your brain to learn and remember.
Jim works with Elon Musk, Jim Carrey, Richard Branson - among many others.
Jim and I had a great time on the show. Listen to the episode to learn about his brain-enhancing learning and memory techniques.
DAVID EAGLEMAN - BOOSTING CREATIVITY AND EXPANDING OUR SENSES
In episode 159 of Untangle, we dive into the head of David Eagleman. He is an incredibly prolific perception neuroscientist. He’s done a TED Talk where he interprets the stock market through a sensory vest, hosted a PBS series on the brain, and written several New York Times bestsellers.
We had a great time on the show! Listen to the episode to learn about how the brain receives information and how we all perceive the world differently.
MIKEY SIEGEL - HACKING CONSCIOUSNESS
In episode 161 of Untangle, Ariel Garten dives into the head of Mikey Siegel. He is a consciousness hacker and MIT graduate roboticist. He’s working to develop technology to allow anyone achieve the same states that monks and spiritual gurus have been seeking through meditation for thousands of years. He shares his experience with “consciousness hacking” and techniques you can try at home.
CHRIS AIMONE - FROM ELECTRIC EYEWEAR TO BRAIN SENSING HEADBANDS THAT HELP YOU MEDITATE
In episode #163 of Untangle, Ariel Garten dives inside the head of Chris Aimone. Chris is in many ways the spiritual and technical genius behind InteraXon's tech. It’s an honour for Ariel to have him as a friend and collaborator, and in the episode they reminisce on their different versions of the crazy ride they’ve been on, hear his spiritual perspective, and learn about how he built google glass, amongst other inventions, before google did. And of course, how technology can help us better understand our mind and ourselves.
JEFF WARREN - A TOUR THROUGH YOUR MIND WITH CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLORER JEFF WARREN
Jeff Warren is a meditation teacher and founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club. He’s co-author of NYT Best Seller Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, & The Head Trip. In the episode Jeff explains different states of consciousness we all experience & guides exercises to enhance 3 useful states: insight, equanimity & compassion.
JIM DOTY - A NEUROSURGEON WALKS INTO A MAGIC SHOP...
Jim Doty is a Stanford Neurosurgeon and the bestselling author of Into The Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. He shares his incredible journey from learning mindfulness as a boy, to incredible success as a physician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist working with the Dalai Lama.
SHAMA RAHMAN - WHAT IS FLOW AND HOW AND WHY TO SPEND MORE TIME IN IT
Shama Rahman is a PhD neuroscientist who studies creativity and flow. She’s also a successful musician and actor. Listen as she unravels what’s happening in your brain when you’re getting creative or experiencing flow - and hear tips on how we can all spend more time in those states.
DR DEAN ORNISH: A SIMPLE PRESCRIPTION FOR REVERSING CHRONIC ILLNESS
Doctor Dean Ornish pioneered lifestyle change for disease prevention decades before the mind/body connection was more widely accepted in the medical community. He’s treated President Bill Clinton and Life Magazine named him one of the most influential people of his generation.
DR LISA MOSCONI: THE TRUTH ABOUT BRAIN FOOD
Dr. Lisa Mosconi is a neuroscientist, Alzheimer’s researcher, nutritionist, and author of Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power. Listen are she shares the easy ways we can supercharge our brains through what we eat and drink.
Olav Krigolson: Inside the Heads of Astronauts, Baseball Players and Monks
Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist looking at decision making and learning in the brain using electroencephalogram (EEG). He’s studied professional athletes and Mars astronauts, and trekked to Himalayan monasteries to see how the brains of master meditators differ from our own. We are joined for this fascinating conversation by Graeme Moffat, chief scientist for Muse.
Dr. Anna Cabeca: Your Brain on Hormones
Hormones - male or female - effect so many aspects of your thinking, feeling and bodily function. Dr. Anna Cabeca shares how tiny amounts of hormones waxing and waning in the brain can have dramatic impacts on emotions and perception. Learn how diet behaviour, diet& environment shift then, and what it can mean for you.
Marc Lesser: Bringing mindfulness to the workplace
Marc Lesser blends the seemingly opposing worlds of zen buddhism and business leadership. He’s used the practices of zen and mindfulness to improve employee satisfaction, productivity and teamwork at companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Casey Fenton: Stop Negative Self-Talk Through Ego Hacking
Ego Hacking aims to “reset” a lifetime of mental baggage surrounding how we feel about ourselves, what are capable of, and who we are. Developed by Casey Fenton, founder of CouchSurfing, it’s a simple process that you can do alone or with loved ones to start uncovering your true self today.
Jeffery Martin: Mastering the Fundamentals of Wellbeing
What is the secret to happiness? This is the question that launched tech mogul and neuroscientist, Jeffery Martin, into a decade-long research project, inspired a book and formed the basis of a course that teaches you how to transition into a state of fundamental wellbeing.
Yung Pueblo: How to connect to your humanity and change the world
Want to be free? The journey begins within. Diego Perez, AKA ‘Yung Pueblo’, talks about understanding your mind to set yourself free, find contentment, connection and maybe even save the world! Get inside the head of this incredible poet, meditator and speaker who inspires hundreds of thousands of people daily on Instagram.
Inside the Mind of a Psychopath: An Interview with Dr. James Fallon
Dr. James Fallon is a wonderful neuroscientist, emeritus professor and... has the neurological and genetic correlates of a psychopath. Go inside his mind to learn how he discovered his true nature, the role of nature vs nurture, and how, with a daily practice, he too learned to be a “good guy".
How presence is the best gift you can give your child or yourself
An interview with Dr. Dan Siegel.
Learn how being present, insightful and empathetic helps you cultivate and integrate meaningful relationships. Dr. Dan Siegel calls it "mindsight". By paying attention, you can grow your brain and expand your heart. Learn to be a more compassionate Dad, or how to strengthen the bond with your own father, or anyone else.
Wired for love: The neuroscience of sex, lust, affection, and lasting love
An interview with Dr. Helen Fisher.
Dr. Helen Fisher is a PhD Biological Anthropologist, a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com. In this episode we go inside her head to learn about the neuroscience of sex, lust, affection and love. Find out what's behind the passion, how to nurture it and make it last.
Strike a Chord: The mindfulness of music and the sound of the soul
An interview with Stu Fuchs.
Sometimes the most amazing things can happen effortlessly. When you surrender to the moment and let it flow. That's the kind of music that Grammy-nominated instrumentalist Stu Fuchs plays on his ukulele -- the kind of music you get lost in, you find peace in. Just listening can lighten up even the darkest parts of your soul.
How to create joy instantly: The power and mindfulness of laughter and play
An interview with Howard Moody
Laughter yoga is the practice of making yourself laugh to get endorphins flowing in your body, elevate your mood, calm your mind and have fun. Howard Moody, laughter yogi and author, will get you giggling and brighten your day in this fun episode about how to cultivate and spread joy through laughter. Come on, get happy!
Breathe away your fear: Unleashing the power of breath to set yourself free
An interview with Samantha Skelly
Do you want to feel free? In this episode of Untangle, we learn how to breathe and sit in discomfort to open our minds and bodies up to joy. Listen to learn simple breathing exercises that you can use to move past your anxious feelings and welcome bliss into your heart, mind and body. Breathwork expert Samantha Skelly shows us how.
How to find happiness: Get out of your own way to walk your path to bliss
An interview with Tal Ben Shahar
Welcoming more happiness into your life is easier than you think. Happiness expert Tal Ben Shahar walks us through 5 ways to cultivate happiness and explores the surprising habits that hold us back from finding joy. Learn to find balance in your use of technology and make time for real-life relationships. Listen and get happy!
Wired for joy: The neuroscience of happiness
An interview with Dr. Alex Korb
What is happiness in the brain? Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist, author and coach. He teaches people how to use the power of neuroscience to take control of their wellbeing. We talk to him about the neural nature of happiness and Alex shares several practical tips so you can learn how to make choices and take action to bring more joy into your life.
Dean Ornish. How to Be the Best Version of Yourself
At your core, you're a healthy and happy person, but all those pesky thoughts, fears and bad habits tend to get in the way of your true nature. In this episode of the Untangle Podcast, host Ariel Garten talks with lifestyle medicine pioneer Dr. Dean Ornish – former physician to Bill Clinton and member of Oprah’s inner circle. Dean dives deep into what you can do to heal yourself, improve your relationships and sex life and be the best version of yourself.
Jay Sanguinetti - Enhancing mindfulness with technology.
Can we accelerate and enhance the benefits of mindfulness with technology? Jay Sanguinetti is a neuroscientist researching noninvasive brain stimulation in order to enhance cognition and well-being. Learn how mindfulness works in your brain and how to apply it in the moment to break negative habits or form positive ones. Listen as we dive inside his head in this episode of Untangle.