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There have been big advances in medicine allowing researchers to
peer into the inner workings of the living human brain. I think a
valuable objective would be to ascertain exactly what
neurochemical magic occurs to put you "in the zone".
We've all experienced being in the zone and it is a wonderful
- albeit too rare for my liking. Interestingly, this zone-ness works for
physical or mental challenges equally well, although I suppose it is
ultimately a cognitive phenomenon. When I have that feeling I can
rip through paperwork at a breakneck pace while simultaneously
solving some logistical problem. Or, I KNOW I can knock a ball out of
the air with another ball without a problem.
I suspect it is adrenal related, as an emergency situation will often
instantly put you "in the zone", where it seems you have all the time
in the world to avoid the multitude of objects which have just
suddenly fallen off the truck in front of you. If researchers can
distill this ability into a pill, the market would be enormous.
Productivity in offices and research labs would go through the roof
and I suspect the military would be interested as well.
I do expect nature has a reason for being frugal with this abilility
because there must be some offsetting cost such as some sort of
burnout or energy cost. On the other hand no one would desire to
be "on". All I know is that it is an ability I'd like to have more often.
Here's a little bit more info
Interesting ideas about optimal bits/second of information which /i guess would vary with individual [leinypoo13, Apr 21 2013]
Wikipedia: Nootropics/Cognitive Enhancers
The jury's out on which of these might work best, under target conditions - but the study, and indeed results of that study are already out there. [zen_tom, Apr 22 2013]
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Apr 22 2013]
||[marked-for-deletion] We should research
||I don't think this is a big mystery. What you
experience from time to time is a hypomanic phase -
a mild version of the upside of bipolar. A fair bit is
known about how to induce it, the only real problem
being how to stop it tipping over into mania which,
though much more fun at the time, is probably not
something you'd want apparently.
||Why, because "in this house we obey the laws thermodynamics?"
Thermodynamica are only prescriprive of efficient functioning
machines, but only la la la interpretation says that is the only way
||Caffeine works pretty well for me.
||Erythroxyline... not even once.