April 9th, 2019

Episode #40

Meditation and Mindfulness

Mark and Dr. Gladden invite Ariel Garten to discuss the neuroscience behind Muse™, an EEG device that uses advanced signal processing to interpret your mental activity to help guide you toward better focus in meditation. Ariel is a co-founder of InteraXon Inc., the company that makes the device.

On the show, they discuss how meditation and focus can help improve your overall life and health. They talk about how the brain is instrumental in being able to achieve peak performance and fight aging (or, in the reverse, hold you back or cause you to age faster).

Ariel discusses her own meditation practice, as well as the other habits she uses to promote her own health and performance, including a healthy diet, exercise and social connection.

Special Guest

Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten is a Canadian artist, scientist and intellectual. She was an avant garde clothing designer with a store called Flavour Hall (now closed) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is deemed to have made a "significant contribution to the field" for her work in integrating art and science. She is pursuing cutting edge art and performances in other media, including dance, music, percussion, and cutting-edge instruments (such as hydraulophone, quintephone, and other). She creates work that explores the intersection of art and neuroscience.

Garten lectures about interdisciplinary neuroscience topics, such as "The Neuroscience of Morals" (on TVO's Big Ideas televised lecture series), "The Neuroscience of Molecular Gastronomy," as well as psychotherapy and mental health.

Garten is co-founder (with Trevor Coleman) and Chief Executive Officer of InteraXon, a Canadian company specializing in software for Non-invasive Brain-computer interfaces.

Garten is also a psychotherapist trained in Neuro-linguistic programming.

She has performed in many venues, including The Power Plant, and shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Banff Center for the Arts and sold her fashion across North America, including Holt Renfrew in Toronto, and lectured in North America and Europe.

Learn more about Muse™ here: https://choosemuse.com/

Follow Ariel on Twitter: @ariel_garten.