Daniel Levitin:
How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed

TEDGlobal>London · 12:20 · Filmed Sep 2015
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You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. "We all are going to fail now and then," he says. "The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be."

Daniel Levitin incorporates findings from neuroscience into everyday life. Full bio
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