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THE SCIENCE OF FLOW STATES: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LOSE OURSELVES IN THE MOMENT?

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With Allan Hamilton, MD FACSThere are those moments — lots of them when we are children and less as we age — when we get totally absorbed in what we are doing and lose track of everything else. Time seems to fly by or stand still. We’re not aware of feeling hungry. We can barely tell if other people are talking to us. And we really seem to have no purpose at that instant other than doing the task for its own sake. These are very special moments of total absorption called flow states. Science has begun to look carefully at these very special moments where we are “in the zone,” where we enter into a state of focus and all sense of self-awareness drifts way. Dr. Hamilton will discuss the neuroscience of flow states and what each of us can do to foster more of them to come into our lives.

Dr. Allan Hamilton holds four professorships at the University of Arizona — Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the author of The Scalpel and The Soul — Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural and the Healing Power of Love (2008), and Zen Mind, Zen Horse — the Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses (2011).