The Flow Research Collective


The collective's mission is to decode the neurobiology of flow.


A board of directors is currently being created. So far this includes Dr. Michael Gervais and Dr. Andrew Newberg. The goal board will bring a diverse set of specialties ranging from academic specializations to product and program creation.

The current team has a track record for delivering on both research and training by translating academic insights into relevant and actionable information for high performers. From the research side, the team has studied the impact of flow on creativity, the physiological correlates of flow in Formula 1 drivers, and the impact of flow on worker engagement in partnership with Deloitte. For training, the team has delivered training on high performance, flow for writers, and many public speaking engagements.

Between the research objectives, the team that we have amassed, and our track record for success, we are confident that we will be able to decode the neurobiology of flow.

Our Research Goals

  • Validate the flow triggers

  • Quantify a high flow lifestyle

  • Build a flow detector

  • Develop protocol

  • Investigate overarching theories of flow

  • Clarify the neurochemistry of flow

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The Team


Executive Director at the Flow Research Collective

Steven is a considered one of the world's foremost experts in optimal psychology. He is an Award Winning Journalist and 4x New York Times Bestselling author with his work receiving accolades from figures such as Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweil, Former President Bill Clinton and Sir, Richard Branson. Kotler has written about peak performance. innovation and disruptive technology for more than 70 publications including New York Times Magazine. Atlantic Monthly. Wired and Forbes. 



Rian holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy & Economics from Trinity College Dublin and is completing an MSc in Applied Neuroscience at King's College London. Rian has worked with multiple Fortune 100 companies implementing peakperformance strategies in a consulting capacity. He has also lead a number of research initiatives with Dr. Dan Siegel, Prof, of Psychiatry at UCLA, Imperial College London, University of Southern California, University of Zurich and Claremont Graduate University.  



Conor lives at the intersection of data science and optimal psychology, using data and technology to understand and reinforce the best parts of human experience. He transitioned to the tech sector after spending four years leveraging data for more impactful humanitarian interventions in developing countries. Since then. he has held a variety of positions including a faculty role for University of New Haven and Galvanize's Master of Science in Data Science program, principal data scientist and consultant for a number of startups and a data scientist and educator for Artificial Intelligence at Databricks. Outside of data, Conor is an avid skydiver, getting into the sport after reading Kotler's The Rise of Superman. 



Paula has spent over 25 years teaching industry leading professionals, athletes and entrepreneurs how to extend their impact and improve their output. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, her Master’s in Educational Leadership, and completed her Education Leadership Ph.D. coursework at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Paula has presented on behavioral science, optimal psychology, and flow research across the United States and has helped multiple high-growth start-up’s scale using peak-performance principles.

Who We've Worked With

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