Flow Experiences: From Mystery to Mechanism

  • Arne Dietrich


The lead guitarist of R.E.M, Peter Buck, once made the following observation about the band’s most famous song:

When I think about Losing My Religion, I think about the process of writing and recording it, and how dream-like and effortless it was. The music was written in five minutes; the first time the band played it, it fell into place perfectly. Michael had lyrics within the hour, and while playing the song for the third or fourth time, I found myself incredibly moved to hear the vocals in conjunction with the music. To me, Losing My Religion feels like some kind of archetype that was floating around in space that we managed to lasso. If only all song writing was this easy.


Prefrontal Cortex Flow Experience Implicit Knowledge Efference Copy Spontaneous Mode 
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  • Arne Dietrich
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  1. 1.American University of BeirutLebanon

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