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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow: The psychology of happiness- Mihali Csikszentmihalyi

Living in flow – The secret of happiness with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at Happiness & Its Causes 2014

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow in Sports. Susan A. Jackson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2002). The concept of flow. Handbook of positive psychology, 89-105


Zapping the brain to get with the Flow – The Washington Post

Flow: The Secret of Happiness- TED- Czikszentmihalyi

You Need To Get Into Flow: Concentration At Its Best – Forbes Woman

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Professor and Keynote Speaker on Creativity, Innovation & Managing “Flow”

Jackson, S. A., & Marsh, H. W. (1996). Development and validation of a scale to measure optimal experience: The Flow State ScaleJournal of sport and exercise psychology18, 17-35

Tenenbaum, G., Fogarty, G. J., & Jackson, S. A. (1999). The flow experience: a Rasch analysis of Jackson’s Flow State ScaleJournal of Outcome Measurement3(3), 278-294.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Flow. In Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology (pp. 227-238). Springer Netherlands.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). The contribution of flow to positive psychology.The science of optimism and hope: Research essays in honor of Martin EP Seligman, 387-395.

Yong-ping, P. E. I. (2000). Opinions on the Involvement of Talented People in Colleges and Universities in Social Part-time Jobs and Converted Flow of PersonnelJournal of Chongqing Institute of Technology Management6, 034.

LI, W., YUAN, L., & GAO, S. (2013). Research of Dissipative Structure Theory in Real Estate Project Management. Journal of Chengdu University (Natural Science Edition)1, 028.

Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Csikszentmihalyi, I. S. (1992). Optimal experience: Psychological studies of flow in consciousness. Cambridge university press.

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2009). Flow theory and research.Handbook of positive psychology, 195-206.

Schmidt, J. A., Shernoff, D. J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Individual and situational factors related to the experience of flow in adolescenceApplications of Flow in Human Development and Education (pp. 379-405). Springer Netherlands

The Art of Flow video -The Genome Project 

Zapping the brain to get with the Flow – The Washington Post

Is The Secret To Ultimate Human Performance The F-Word?– Steven Kotler- Forbes

Remaining in the Zone –  99u

What Mel Brooks Can Teach Us about “Group Flow” –  Greater Good, Berkeley

The Flow State Triggers: How to learn anything, achieve greatness and become the best version of yourself– Ben Austin

Finding Flow. Psychology Today

The Zone. The Huffington Post

The Psychology of focus, performance and success- Red Bull



Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances – Susan Jackson and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance – Steven Kotler

The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle

The Art of Flow video -The Genome Project 

Khanin, I. L. (Ed.). (2000). Emotions in sportHuman Kinetics.


Russell, W. (2001). An examination of flow state occurrence in college athletes. Journal of Sport Behaviour24(1), 83-107.

Marsh, H. W., & Jackson, S. A. (1999). Flow experience in sport: Construct validation of multidimensional, hierarchical state and trait responsesStructural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal6(4), 343-371.

Jackson, S. A., Thomas, P. R., Marsh, H. W., & Smethurst, C. J. (2001). Relationships between flow, self-concept, psychological skills, and performanceJournal of Applied Sport Psychology13(2), 129-153.

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2002). The concept of flow. Handbook of positive psychology, 89-105.

Jackson, S. A. (1996). Toward a conceptual understanding of the flow experience in elite athletes. Research quarterly for exercise and sport67(1), 76-90.

Hunter, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). The Phenomenology of Body‐Mind: The Contrasting Cases of Flow in Sports and Contemplation.Anthropology of Consciousness11(3‐4), 5-24.

Kimiecik, S. A. J. J. C. (1998). Psychological correlates of flow in sport. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology20, 358-378.

Jackson, S. A. (1995). Factors influencing the occurrence of flow state in elite athletesJournal of applied sport psychology7(2), 138-166.

Stavrou, N. A., Jackson, S. A., Zervas, Y., & Karteroliotis, K. (2007). Flow experience and athletes’ performance with reference to the orthogonal model of flowSport Psychologist21(4), 438.

Hodge, K., Lonsdale, C., & Jackson, S. A. (2009). Athlete engagement in elite sport: An exploratory investigation of antecedents and consequencesSport Psychologist23(2), 186.

Hunter, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). The Phenomenology of Body‐Mind: The Contrasting Cases of Flow in Sports and ContemplationAnthropology of Consciousness11(3‐4), 5-24.


Jackson, S. A. (1992). Athletes in flow: A qualitative investigation of flow states in elite figure skatersJournal of applied sport psychology4(2), 161-180.


Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Transcendence – Rob Schultheis

Explorers of the Infinite: The Secret Spiritual Lives of Extreme Athletes and What They Reveal About Near-Death Experience, Psychic Communication and Touching the Beyond. – Maria Coffey


Golf Flow- Gio Valiante

My Story – Jack Nicklaus


The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance – W. Timothy Gallwey


West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief – Steven Kotler

The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing…and Love- Jaimal Yogis

An Interview With Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama & Don King -On Their Incredible Feat, Done In The Name of a “Beautiful Son”– Bon Hawaii


Driven From Within – Michael Jordan 


Stein, G. L., Kimiecik, J. C., Daniels, J., & Jackson, S. A. (1995). Psychological antecedents of flow in recreational sport. Personality and social psychology bulletin21(2), 125-135.


Pates, J., Karageorghis, C. I., Fryer, R., & Maynard, I. (2003). Effects of asynchronous music on flow states and shooting performance among netball players. Psychology of Sport and Exercise4(4), 415-427.


Good Business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning – Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiShine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People – Edward Hallowell

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration.- Keith Sawyer

Timothy  Gallway – The Inner Game of Work

Good business: Leadership, flow, and the making of meaning- Mihali Csikszentmihalyi

How to hack your flow state and quintuple your productivity. Fast Company


The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World – Owen Flanagan

The Real Buddhist – Facebook page 

The Question of God– PBS


The Latest Yoga Buzz –  Outside Online Magazine

The Science of Breathing – University of New Mexico


The Breakout Principle: How to activate the natural trigger that maximizes creativity, athletic performance, productivity, and personal well-being. –  Herbert Benson

Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True fulfillment.- Gregory Berns

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain – David Eagleman

Martijn Arns, Michiel Kleinnijenhuis, Kamran Fallahpour, & Rien Breteler. Golf Performance Enhancement and Real-Life Neurofeedback Training Using Personalized Event-Locked EEG Profiles, Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience, Volume 11, Issue 4, 2008. pages 11-18

Sherlin, L. (December 2013). Training Super Human Brain Heroes – Psychophysiological Interventions to Enhance Performance. Featured Presenter at the 2013 USA Track & Field National Podium Education Project Coaching Symposium. Indianapolis, IN.

Arthur J. Marr, In the Zone: A biobehavioural A Biobehavioral Theory of the Flow ExperienceThe Online Journal of Sport Psychology. 2001

David J Vernon, Can Neurofeedback Training Enhance Performance? An Evaluation of the Evidence with Implications for Future ResearchApplied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
December 2005, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 347-364

 Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain – David Eagleman

Sherlin, L. H., Larson, N. C., & Sherlin, R. M. (2013). Developing a Performance Brain Training™ Approach for Baseball: A Process Analysis with Descriptive Data. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback38(1), 29-44.

John Pates, Rachael Oliver & Ian Maynard. The Effects of Hypnosis on Flow States and Golf-Putting Performance. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Volume 13, Issue 4, 2001 . Pages  341-354.

Dr. Tracy Boynton, Applied Research Using Alpha/Theta Training for Enhancing Creativity and Well-Being, Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience.Volume 5, Issue 1-2, 2001. pages 5-18.

Baumeister, J., Reinecke, K., Liesen, H., & Weiss, M. (2008). Cortical activity of skilled performance in a complex sports related motor taskEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology, 104, 625–631

Hillman, C. H., Apparies, R. J., Janelle, C. M., & Hatfield, B. D. (2000). An electrocortical comparison of executed and rejected shots in skilled marksmenBiological Psychology, 52, 71–83

Kim, J., Lee, H. M., Kim, W. J., Park, H. J., Kim, S. W., Moon, D. H.,et al. (2008). Neural correlates of pre-performance routines in expert and novice archers. Neuroscience Letters, 445, 236–241.

Deeny, S. P., Haufler, A. J., Saffer, M., & Hatfield, B. D. (2009). Electroencephalographic coherence during visuomotor performance: A comparison of cortico-cortical communication in
experts and novices. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41, 106–116.

Dietrich Lehmann, P.L Fabera, Peter Achermannb, Daniel Jeanmonodc, Lorena R.R Gianottia, Diego Pizzagallid. Brain sources of EEG gamma frequency during volitionally meditation-induced, altered states of consciousness, and experience of the self. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. Volume 108, Issue 2, 30 November 2001, Pages 111–121.

Dietrich, A. (2004). Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying the experience of flowConsciousness and Cognition13(4), 746-761.

Raja Parasuraman, R. Andy Mckinley. Using Noninvasive Brain Stimulation to Accelerate Learning and Enhance Human Performance. Human Factors The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 07/2014; 56(5).

R. Douglas Fields,  Myelination: An Overlooked Mechanism of Synaptic Plasticity? Neuroscientist December 2005 11: 528-531,

Acceleration of Procedural Learning with transcranial direct current stimulation – 84th Annual AsMA Meeting 13 May 2013

Armour, J. A. (2008). Potential clinical relevance of the ‘little brain’on the mammalian heartExperimental Physiology93(2), 165-176.

How much information processing the brain? – Ciencia em Novo tempo


Gregory Berns, Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment (Henry Holt and Company, 2005), pp. 146-74

Herbert Benson & William Proctor – The Breakout Principle: How to Activate the Natural Trigger That Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Being (Scribner, 2003), pp. 46 – 48.

Henning Boecker, Till Sprenger, Mary E. Spilker, Gjermund Henriksen, Marcus Koppenhoefer, Klaus J. Wagner, Michael Valet, Achim Berthele, and Thomas R/ Tolle, “The runners high: Opioidergic Mechanisms in the Human Brain”, Cerebral Cortex, 2008, 18(11), pp. 2523-31.

Arne Dietrich and W. McDaniel, “Engdocannabinoids and exercise,” British Journal of Sports Medicine October 2004, 38(5), pp. 536-41D. A. Raichlen, A.D. Foster, G.L. Gerdeman, A. Seillier, and A. Giuffrida, “Wired to Run: Exercise-Induced Endocannabinoid Signaliing in Humans and Cursorial Mamals with Implications for the ‘Runner’s High,’” Journal of Experimental Biology, 215, 2012, pp. 1331-36

Simon Young, “How to Increase Serotonin in the Human Brain Without Drugs,” Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 2007.
John Ratey and Eric Hagerman, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Little Brown, 2008)


McCraty, R. A. M., & Tomasino, D. (2001). Science of the Heart: Exploring the role of the heart in human performance—an overview of research conducted by the Institute of HeartMath. Boulder Creek, CA: Institute of HeartMath. Retrieved January10, 2007.

Heart Rate Variability Science – Heart Math


Sleep Cycle– Sleep Tracker

DreamZ – Lucid Dream Tracker


Slow SexNicole Daedone

Urban TantraBarbara Carrellas

OneTaste, Orgasmic Meditation & Flow State – Eli Block

Flow & Orgasm -Nicole Deadone


Better, Faster, Stronger – The New Yorker

Awareness Through MovementMoshe Feldenkrais

Jackson, S. A., & Eklund, R. C. (2002). Assessing flow in physical activity: the flow state scale-2 and dispositional flow scale-2Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology24(2).

Paluska, S. A., & Schwenk, T. L. (2000). Physical activity and mental health. Sports medicine29(3), 167-180

Emtner, M., and K. Larsson. “Post-exertional respiratory problems in asthma are reduced by exercise.” Läkartidningen 102.9 (2005): 654.

Assessing flow physical activity: The Flow State Scale-2 and Dispositional Flow Scale-2.

Brain Gains: Exercise If You Want To Remember – Outside

Slower heart rate may translate into longer life – Harvard Health


Let Every Breath.. the Secrets of the Russian Breath MastersVladimir Vasiliev

Emtner, M., and K. Larsson. “Post-exertional respiratory problems in asthma are reduced by exercise.” Läkartidningen 102.9 (2005): 654.

Jerath, R., Edry J.W, Barnes, V.A., and Jerath, V. (2006). Physiology of long pranayamic breathing: Neural respiratory elements may provide a mechanism that explains how slow deep breathing shifts the autonomic nervous system. Medical Hypothesis, 67, 566-571.

The Science of Breathing – University of New Mexico


BeetIt  High  Nitrate Concentrate – Beet Juice


Alpha Brain – Onnit

CILTEP® -Natural Stacks

Peak Nootropics

Natural Stacks




Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink

Hagger, M. S., & Chatzisarantis, N. L. (2007). Intrinsic motivation and self-determination in exercise and sport. Human Kinetics.


Flow Music  – Focus @ Will

de Manzano, Ö., Theorell, T., Harmat, L., & Ullén, F. (2010). The psychophysiology of flow during piano playing. Emotion10(3), 301.

Pates, J., Karageorghis, C. I., Fryer, R., & Maynard, I. (2003). Effects of asynchronous music on flow states and shooting performance among netball players. Psychology of Sport and Exercise4(4), 415-427.

Bakker, A. B. (2005). Flow among music teachers and their students: The crossover of peak experiences. Journal of vocational behavior66(1), 26-44.

Custodero, L. A. (1998). Observing Flow in Young Children’s Music LearningGeneral Music Today12(1), 21-27.

What Mel Brooks Can Teach Us about “Group Flow” –  Greater Good, Berkeley


Amabile, T. M., Conti, R., Coon, H., Lazenby, J., & Herron, M. (1996). Assessing the work environment for creativityAcademy of management journal39(5), 1154-1184.

Kristensen, T. (2004). The physical context of creativity. Creativity and innovation management13(2), 89-96.

Hooker, C., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003). Flow, creativity, and shared leadership. Shared leadership: Reframing the hows and whys of leadership, 217-34.

Jackson, S. A. (2000). Joy, fun, and flow state in sport. Emotions in sport, 135-155.

Collins, M. A., & Amabile, T. M. (1999). I5 motivation and creativityHandbook of creativity, 297.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1997). Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and InventionHarperPerennial, New York39.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1997). Happiness and creativity. The Futurist31(5), S8.

Sherry, J. L. (2004). Flow and media enjoymentCommunication Theory,14(4), 328-347.

Hooker, C., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003). Flow, creativity, and shared leadershipShared leadership: Reframing the hows and whys of leadership, 217-34.

What Mel Brooks Can Teach Us about “Group Flow” –  Greater Good, Berkeley

Flow states and creativity – Steven Kotler

Positive Psychology

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Toward a psychology of optimal experience. In Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology (pp. 209-226). Springer Netherlands.

Mindfulness & Meditation

Headspace – Mindfulness

Diaz, F. M. (2013). Mindfulness, attention, and flow during music listening: An empirical investigationPsychology of Music41(1), 42-58.

Wright, J. J., Sadlo, G., & Stew, G. (2006). Challenge-skills and mindfulness: An exploration of the conundrum of flow process. OTJR: Occupation, participation and health26(1), 25-32.

Meditation Positive Residual Effects – Harvard News



Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Religion, Value and Peak Experiences – Abraham Maslow

Authentic Happiness: Using Positive Psychology o Realize Your Potential For Lasting Fulfillment – Martin Seligman

Self- Improvement

The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and SucceedMark Devine

The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg

The Science of EnlightenmentShinzen Young

The Power of Full EngagementJim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

Mastery – Robert Greene

Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control- Albert Bandura

Finite and Infinite Games – James Carse

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence– Josh Waitzkin

The Sense Of Being Stared At – Rupert Sheldrake

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Beyond boredom and anxiety. Jossey-Bass.

Zapping the brain to get with the Flow – The Washington Post

Stickk Commitment Contract  App  

Lift Personal Habit Tracker 

Ultimeyes Eye Trainer


Turtle Island – Gary Snyder


Creative kids learn to Flow. Psychology Today

Eight tips to fostering Flow in the  Classroom. Berkley University

Individual and Situational Factors Related to the Experience of Flow in Adolescences– Jennifer A. Schmidt, David J. Shernoff, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Molecules Of Emotion – Candace Pert

Massimini, F., Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Fave, A. D. (1988). Flow and biocultural evolution. American Psychological Association. (pp. 60-81). New York, NY, US: Cambridge University Press, xiv, 416 pp.

Ericsson, K. A., Krampe, R. T., & Tesch-Römer, C. (1993). The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance. Psychological review100(3), 363.

Kawabata, M., Mallett, C. J., & Jackson, S. A. (2008). The flow state scale-2 and dispositional flow scale-2: Examination of factorial validity and reliability for Japanese adults. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9(4), 465-485.

Jackson, S. A., Martin, A. J., & Eklund, R. C. (2008). Long and short measures of flow: The construct validity of the FSS-2, DFS-2, and new brief counterparts. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 30(5), 561.

Brain Zapping The Future of War- BBC

Jumper Cables for the Mind – The New York Times 

Dogs see us move in Slow Motion -Daily Mail

Sein, M. K., Olfman, L., Bostrom, R. P., & Davis, S. A. (1993). Visualization ability as a predictor of user learning success. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies39(4), 599-620

What Are the Id, Ego, and Superego? – Very Well

Learning To Learn Faster (part 2), Steven Kotler – Forbes

New Study Yields Instructive Results on how mindset affects learning – Stanford News

Purposeful Drift: Making it up as we go along – Richard Oliver

Kohlberg’s Three Levels and Six Stages of Moral Reasoning– Education.com

What the bleep are they on about? – ABC Science

Difference between emotions and feelings – Authentic Systems

Energy Quotes – Goodreads

How Habits work – Charles Duhigg

Nonviolent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg

Situation, Behaviour, Impact Model 

Functional Frivolity: Human Brain Evolution and Play- Aaron Blaisdell

Tim Ferris interviewing Josh Waitzkin – The Tim Ferries Show. iTunes Podcast

Tim Ferriss interviewing Jason Silva – The Tim Ferries Show. iTunes Podcast