Medical Mnemonist Podcast

How “Happy Chemicals” Can Increase Memory, Improve Studying, and Live Better with Dr. Loretta Breuning

Dr. Loretta Breuning describes brain chemistry and how students can use this knowledge to benefit their studies.

On covering memory, it’s useful to have a better grasp of neurotransmitters and how they affect our memories. Today we are joined by Dr. Loretta Breuning of the Inner Mammal Institute to help describe brain chemistry and how students can use this knowledge to benefit their studies.

Intro (Add time)

1:23 Neuroscience vs Neuro-memory Studies

4:15 Setting Your Study Session Based on Neurochemistry & Setting Expectations and Rewards

7:25 How to Set Intrinsic “Happy” Reward Systems for Medical Students and Graduate Learners

11:30 Early Reward Circuits and Early Pain Circuits: How Childhood Experiences Shape Current Motivations

16:48 Optimizing Self-Motivation Behaviors: Chunking Tasks into Small Successes

21:45 Types and Strengths of Different Self-rewards to Motivate Study Behaviors: Get those “Happy Chemicals” Going!

26:25 Why Social Comparison & Worrying About Other’s Scores is so Detrimental

29:00 Just 3 Wishes

Some of Dr. Breuning’s Books:

Recommended Resources

For more information, visit the Inner Mammal Institute. You can Dr. Breuning’s funny animations, reading list, and the happy power examples. You can also learn more by following the Happy Brain Podcast.

Chase DiMarco

Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the founder of FreeMedEd, a free medical education resource, the host of the Medical Mnemonist 1-Minute Preceptor podcasts by MedSchoolCoach, creator of several medical education platforms, and CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service.

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