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27: Brain Wash with Dr. Austin Perlmutter

Jan 13, 2020 | Season 2, Uncategorized


Today we welcome our guest, Dr. Austin Perlmutter!


Austin Perlmutter, M.D., is a board-certified internal medicine physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His academic focus is in understanding the decision-making process, how it is influenced by internal and external factors, and how it changes our health and illness outcomes. Austin, along with David Perlmutter, M.D., is the co-author of the forthcoming book Brain Wash. He is also interested in methods of improving burnout and poor mental health in the medical field. He writes for Psychology Today on his blog, The Modern Brain. 


1:21 Welcome!

1:37 Our special guest today – Dr. Perlmutter!

2:37 Focusing on chronic disease

4:20 Why patients don’t follow through on healthy plans

4:43 Bridging the gap between information & action

5:35 The brain and decision-making

7:50 How we can make better decisions

8:47 Sleep affects your decisions

10:00 Why it’s not your fault!

11:24 Parts of the brain & their function

12:27 The Amygdala

13:25 The Prefrontal Cortex & Empathy

16:22 Acute and chronic stressors & Saber-tooth tigers

17:16 How stress kills the brain

18:00 The problem in our modern world

19:25 Negativity bias

21:50 Sleep deprivation

24:53 Top-down processing

26:21 Making the decision to eat the cookie or not

27:45 Evolution behind sweet foods

29:36 Why nature is so good for us

34:45 How meditation makes you more productive

35:33 Workaholics!

37:37 What people really care about

38:46 The Brain Wash 10-Day plan

41:07 New Year’s resolutions

43:58 Back doors into good decision-making

45:15 How the brain is rewired

47:49 Stress hormones & Prefrontal cortex

48:26 Writing the book with his Dad

50:30 Generational differences with tech

53:30 Health trends of 2020

55:14 Book release is January 14th

56:28 One piece of advice from Dr. Perlmutter

58:28 Thanks for joining us!


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