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The Brain

Amygdalaโ€‹

  • Considered the โ€œemotional centreโ€ of the brain (from โ€œPeak Performanceโ€).
  • A study conducted out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (which study?) compared brain activity in the Amygdala when exposed to stress. The study looked at those that were experts in meditation, and those that were not. The experts were able to acknowledge and then turn off the Amygdalaโ€™s response (referred to as an amygdala hijack).
  • This concept of turning off the Amygdala is used to help people โ€œturn offโ€ after a long day of focused work.
  • While not covered in the study, similar behaviour has been seen in professional athletes.

Orbitofrontal Cortexโ€‹

Prefrontal Cortexโ€‹

Handles rational decision-making