Listen: Daniel Levitin, Front Porch, Europe discussed on TED Radio Hour
"So far away. But some people some people are just different like neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, who started to think about how he might prevent or even mitigate future crises after one particularly bad day. Here's Daniel on the Ted stage a few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home. It was around midnight and the dead of Montreal winter. I'd been visiting my friend Jeff across town and the thermometer on the front porch. Read, minus forty degrees. And as I stood on the front porch fumbling in my pockets, I found, I didn't have my keys so I quickly ran around and try to all the other doors and windows, and they were Loctite I thought about calling a locksmith at least I had my cell phone, but at midnight, it could take awhile for locksmith to show up. And I couldn't go back to my friend Jeff's house for the night because at an early flight to Europe the next morning and I needed to get my passport. My suitcase so desperate and freezing cold. I found a large rock and I broke through the basement window crawled through. I found a piece of cardboard and tape it up over the whole opening figuring that in the morning on the way to the airport. I could call my contractor and ask him to, to fix it. Now, I'm a neuroscientist by training and I know a little bit about how the brain performs under stress. It releases cortisol that raises your heart rate, modulated, dren levels, and it clouds you thinking so the next morning when I woke up, I'm too little sleep. Worrying about the hole in the window, and the mental note that I had to call my contractor in the freezing temperatures, and the meetings, I had coming in Europe. My thinking was cloudy, but I didn't know it was cloudy because my thinking was cloudy. And it wasn't until I got to the airport check in counter."