Acetylcholine = Prolonged Focused Attention!
“People are losing this capacity.”
“It’s only when we truly focus that a chemical called acetylcholine is released in the
brain. Of the three factors we need for peak performance, focus may be the toughest to
achieve. We are surrounded by distractions.”
Part of lecture:
(in this lecture, she actually says ‘fight, flight or freeze’ 😀 )
Neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius, co-author of “The Leading Brain”:
“Although dopamine, noradrenaline, and acetylcholine are what you need for peak performance, I have developed a friendlier framework to make things easier to remember: It’s Fun, Fear and Focus.
“When you have fun with the task at hand, that is, when you really enjoy what you are doing, you release dopamine. Dopamine makes your brain more efficient, helps you learn better, and allows your prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain for rational and analytical processing, to function better.
“After fun, there’s fear, which releases noradrenaline. And when I say “fear,” I’m not talking about horror movie fear. I mean the little bit of uncertainty you feel when you’re slightly over-challenged, when you’re forced to step just outside of your comfort zone.
“The last of the three factors is focus. It’s only when we truly focus that a chemical called acetylcholine is released in the brain. Of the three factors we need for peak performance, focus may be the toughest to achieve. We are surrounded by distractions. If you are multitasking, you aren’t focusing. And if you aren’t focusing, you can’t achieve peak performance. So, close your door, clear your desk, turn off your phone, and truly focus on doing your best. If it isn’t too easy, that’s OK. As we’ve seen, a little fear is good. And, in the end, you’ll do more than just perform at your peak. I think you’ll have fun!”