Flow State Onset: Unraveling the First Few Seconds of Flow

Steven Kotler & Dr. Michael Mannino
by Flow Research Collective
August 1, 2023
"Flow starts when you say yes to the fight"
Steven Kotler & Dr. Michael Mannino


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Steven Kotler, the executive director of Flow Research Collective is joined by Chief Science Officer, Dr. Michael Mannino in an exciting episode to talk about the research article that they worked on entitled, "The First Few Seconds of Flow: A Comprehensive Proposal of the Neurobiology and Neurodynamics of State Onset", which was recently published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.


This marks the first time a research has been done on flows triggers, it’s phenomenological complexity being tied to neurobiological mechanisms, and also the first time anyone has discussed the neural dynamics of flow in comparison to traumatic stress and the psychedelic state. 


This is a must-watch for anyone interested in the science of flow and the inner workings of the brain. 


Don't miss out on this informative and engaging episode! 


#flowstate #neuroscience #mindfulness #frc #flowresearchcollective



In this episode, you will learn about:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:42 The Origin of Flow State Onset
  • 14:02 Getting Into Flow Vs Trauma 
  • 24:39 Flow's Relationship To Psychedelic States
  • 29:32 Signals of Flow State Onset
  • 39:08 Flow Triggers And Performance Benefits
  • 44:41 What's Next For Flow Science?  


Steven Kotler’s Socials:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-kotler-4305b110

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevenkotler

Twitter: https://twitter.com/steven_kotler


Dr. Michael Mannino’s Socials:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-mannino-ma-phd-39782661

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neuro_fit

Steven Kotler, the founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective, is one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and an author with over ten bestselling books.


Some of his works include: The Art of Impossible, The Future is Faster Than You Think, The Rise of Superman, Stealing Fire, and so much more! Look out for his latest upcoming book, Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad, where he debunks the old myths about aging and how you can boost your longevity through flow!

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