Peak Performance under Pressure with Dr Stephen Hearns
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In this episode I meet Dr Stephen Hearns, an Emergency and Retrieval Physician, expert in mountain rescue and author of the book Peak Performance under Pressure.   Dr Hearns explains the arc of performance and his own pressure pump model described in his book, looking at components of pressure control, testing and relief valves to maintain optimal flow.  He discusses the science and psychology of performance in high pressure environments relating to organisations, teams and individuals.  He also gives very practical insights and application from his own experience. We explore the concept of Flow and finding the sweet spot between challenge and skills, effort and ease. He is particularly interested in metacognition, "thinking about thinking" and the dynamics of cognitive appraisal.  Whilst Dr Hearns works in the Emergency Medical field, this discussion and the insights are relevant to anyone looking to improve performance under pressure in work or play.

For more information about Dr Stephen Hearns, his book and online core cognition course : ( with links to online course)

Disclaimer: The content in this podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care professional.  Moreover views expressed here are our own and do not  necessarily reflect those of  our employers or other official organisations.

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