‘The Backdrop’ Podcast Features Scientist on the ‘Flow’ State of Mind and How It Can Affect Well-Being

Episode 17 Examines Benefits of What Is Commonly Referred to as Being ‘In the Zone’ and How to Achieve a Flow State

Whether it’s an athlete performing at their best or a musician taking it to another level, flow feels good and is good for our well-being.  And the best part — pretty much anyone can attain it.  Evidence suggests flow can ward off depression, prevent burnout and make us more resilient.

In this episode, Richard Huskey, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Communication, explains the flow state, how he and other researchers are piecing together how it can be achieved and what is going on in the brain when it happens. 

The Backdrop podcast is a monthly interview program featuring conversations with UC Davis scholars and researchers working in the social sciences, humanities, arts and culture.  It is available free, on demand at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify and YouTubeThe Backdrop is hosted by public radio veteran Soterios Johnson.

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Media Contacts:

  • Karen Michele Nikos-Rose, Strategic Communications, 530-752-6101, kmnikos@ucdavis.edu,
  • Soterios Johnson, Strategic Communications, 530-454-5956, sojohnson@ucdavis.edu

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