You sit with your eyes fixed on the exciting project in front of you, completely immersed in your work. There are distractions- sounds, noises, smells- around you but they seem a world away. You are calm, serene even, and deeply focused on the task at hand.

If you have ever experienced this, then you have experienced what is now known by researchers as Flow. It’s a state that has been described by humans for centuries (the Ancient Greeks knew it as Ecstasis), but it was until recently that scientists began to grasp exactly what is occuring in the brain during deep flow states.

This infographic from Nootropedia breaks down some of the most important advances in flow states in recent years, and explains exactly what you can do to get into a deep State of Flow yourself.

Four Forces of Ecstasis