After watching this, your brain will not be the same | Lara Boyd | TEDxVancouver

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In a classic research-based TEDx Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.

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Our knowledge of the brain is evolving at a breathtaking pace, and Dr. Lara Boyd is positioned at the cutting edge of these discoveries. In 2006, she was recruited by the University of British Columbia to become the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology and Motor Learning. Since that time she has established the Brain Behaviour Lab, recruited and trained over 40 graduate students, published more than 80 papers and been awarded over $5 million in funding.

Dr. Boyd’s efforts are leading to the development of novel, and more effective, therapeutics for individuals with brain damage, but they are also shedding light on broader applications. By learning new concepts, taking advantage of opportunities, and participating in new activities, you are physically changing who you are, and opening up a world of endless possibility.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

59 Kommentare

  1. Hinz da Panda sagt:

    just from reading comments down here , its another interesting fact that how todays society sucks and how people ignore the process about how our brain works and just focus on the result or the expected result they wanna hear.
    people have grown more ignorance towards everything in the world , pretending they know stuffs but thats just another reflection of „they only understood what they’d understand“ indeed

  2. Tennessee Time sagt:

    No thats not what it means at all you missed the point to the lecture. watch it again.

  3. – Jackknifegyp

    After reading this comment, all I can say is how can you be so close minded. It’s HIS opinion, not yours. You obviously have your own opinion. He is entitled to think whatever he want whether it is viable or not. So no his opinion is not wrong. Only people with low-self pride will tell others they are WRONG for believing something.

    Ill start with this. The only reason a 65 year old man would believe he can not do it is because you and all of society said it wasn’t possible.

    Are you familiar with the story of Sir Roger Bannister? It was said to run a mile in under 4 minutes is physically impossible. They said „you would be crazy to even try“, Which is essentially the point of view you have in the comment above. In 1954, he did what was said to be impossible. Ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59 seconds.

    Never and impossible are just negative words to tell people that their dreams are unachievable.

    Then you stereotype this old man as in he is not very intelligent because he is a truck driver? Really? So because he has a job to support himself or family, whatever the case may be, he’s ‚average‘?

    These negative outlooks are the biggest culprits of pursuing failure. If you always believe you’re going to fail then you will.

    There is definably not enough evident information about the brain and the its true capabilities to assume it’s ‚impossible‘. You know the term ‚innocent until proven guilty‘, well that very much applies here. Possible until it is proven impossible.

  4. Abdallah Aidara sagt:

    Trust me all scientists are confused

  5. Matthew Summers sagt:

    I must say that the amount of mind I change after watching these kind of videos is nothing compared to change after watching conspiracy theories videos.
    Don’t know why.

  6. Diogenes Lantern sagt:

    „Clever“ eh ? is that what scares you about women ? It should.

  7. Diogenes Lantern sagt:

    Food changes the chemicals in the brain, so does the way you breathe, so does fear. In fact, any „Emotion“ can change the chemicals in the brain, as well as many other aspects of physiology. You want to drive an academic in the STEM subjects crazy, just ask them where „Thoughts“ come from.

  8. Masud Uddin Washel sagt:


  9. Betty Bruggeling sagt:

    Dit was het nieuws

  10. Betty Bruggeling sagt:

    Aaron Edgewo

    Ranking the stars

  11. armys are legit everywhere i’m

  12. S A V A G E

  13. soo miew leng sagt:

    hi fam

  14. sandeep srivastava sagt:

    MIchiel deRuyter m

  15. Kay n n n n n n n ñ N n nn n n n ñ Creed sagt:

    Elizabeth smart

  16. Carlos Eugenio sagt:

    Don’t believe him, he is trying to Confuse-Us.

  17. Ana Beatriz Coelho sagt:

    Thank you Lara Boyd.

  18. Lisa Smith sagt:

    iknowsomethingcom Thanks for that quote!

  19. The video was in a way not for everyone. Have you ever wondered why a simple answer turns into a 15 minute video on youtube? Turn on the captions and capture the key words in her message. You have to understand public speakers. As an expert in her field, she is actually endorsing her skills, field of expertise and the research facility in British Columbia. Research facilities require marketing to promote the proper funding in the future for example. By me explaining this, maybe you will understand the importance of keywords and in short hopefully promote a healthy brain of learning new things!

  20. Jackie S- Feeling ‚bored‘ affects your short term and long term mental memory capacity and affects your learning ability. Doing something productive, either what you’re passionate about or out of your comfort zone will vastly improve the chemicals in the brain. You’ll begin to develop more passion by learning and developing new interests that will improve your mental state so all the above will begin to build the structure over time in your brain.

  21. Guitar Smasher sagt:

    Thank you.
    Very genius and informative.☺

  22. Jessica Castillo sagt:

    U mean lazy

  23. Fars mezan sagt:

    I believe that you will understand any video on YouTube if you read the comments and shared your thoughts and knowledge.
    This is why I like to read comments.
    I learn more when I read comments.

  24. Guram Kankava sagt:

    Amazing women, respect thank you.

  25. daniel zabar sagt:

    Jokes on you, I watched this muted!

  26. Riyad Zak sagt:

    My Fandom is ArmLink – ARMY & BLINK Got It? I wish i had her too…i have a sleeping disorder

  27. Julio Carossella sagt:

    just because she is not your professor!
    Your mind is trained to refuse your professor!

  28. saffron blu sagt:

    RLS0812 Then perhaps you shouldn’t be here.

  29. PIN-YAN LI sagt:

    I use this to learn English. And it’s free.

  30. im too cute sagt:

    „You can do things I cannot. I can do things you cannot. Together we can do great things.“ -St. Teresa of Calcutta

  31. Valery Lavrov sagt:

    Just wanna to add few things, Find the most efficient way, collect feedback constantly, make adjustments if data suggest it and yes practice and work hard.

  32. Mahalakshmi Kousalya sagt:


  33. Fredrick Mboma sagt:

    That’s epic, but most commentators are too brain-dead to appreciate it.

  34. abby ekdd sagt:

    L M A O

  35. Aaron Edgeworth sagt:

    its the state of society today .low lifes like „mintboy one“ trying to put down people who are just trying to see the good in any thing

  36. soizic de st john rosse sagt:

    some men like the ones here on this thread are scared/threatened of/by clever women….so they put us down and pick on appearance or something to make them feel all masculine….pretty cheap tbh

  37. soizic de st john rosse sagt:

    you sound like you might be boring, and will probably sneer at most positive things

  38. soizic de st john rosse sagt:

    do you ever feel sorry that you asked or contributed?

  39. Ricky Sabine sagt:

    Nah the boots r fine

  40. Mac intoSser sagt:

    She can’t help the fact that you seem to have a problem with strong, highly intelligent women who don’t look like tacky whores with hookerheels on. Not her problem you cannot get your pathetic needledick up unless you see peabrained overmadeup silicone uddermonsters.

  41. illerob666 sagt:

    Joe Shmo u c some Breastwork ? Show me

  42. Riston Alaimo sagt:

    But, in the same spirit of argumentation, trying to separate the voice from the speaker is not only difficult, it’s foolish. One does not have to judge, or not judge, her beauty to hear her message appropriately, either. We should take responsibility for the way we look, too. Based on what she’s saying, ironically enough in your case, we have more control over our brains than we might think.

  43. TheAmma007 sagt:

    maybe these super smart woman realize what is the most.. important thing.. ( that is the message)

  44. Zain Manipis sagt:


  45. My Fandom is ArmLink - ARMY & BLINK Got It? sagt:

    I wish she was my professor. I can listen to her all day.

  46. Trish Hines sagt:

    These super smart women have no Idea how to dress. we are suppose to be listening what she is saying and trying to absorb it. however yes, boots are horrendous !

  47. Rationalism Express sagt:

    +Elaine Gray,

    Answer is BIG BANG & the life is result of Chemical reaction. Are you asking before BIG BANG? Scientists even talk about the possibility of Multiverse, means more than one Universe. So, we even don’t know where the beginning is and about which beginning you are asking for.
    The simple ANSWER is, we DON’T know! It’s that simple.

    But not knowing something is not the reason to conclude that there is God or Creator. It does not make any sense. For example, imagine that there was life on MARS and you are coming from MARS; looking at a pregnant woman giving birth to a baby on EARTH, you can’t say that the reason of the new born baby is the God just because you don’t know how reproduction system works and intercourse is its reason.

  48. Ketan Shukla sagt:

    Suraj Gorad ok baapu you’re right!

  49. Tahira Sam sagt:

    you know when you are away from God. and sheatan is closed to heart then he will divert people in differen way. he will show diffrent way and away from GOD. You know shetaan run in the veins like blood. so we should think about the creator then body chimical and psyical changes in good way, may God Guide us in good way and make us close to our creator. so our mind stae should be clear.

  50. Murphy Thedog sagt:

    She is wearing boots, because the crap is getting deep .

  51. Aaron Edgeworth sagt:

    why are the majority of comments negative .look on the bright side

  52. The point is you have the power to CHANGE your brain through behavioral habit. This is huge because it was always believed after you become an adult you were stuck with what you have. This means that a 65 year old truck driver could become a world class violinist IF he puts in the time for behavioral habit. If you can’t see the value in that message then, well, enjoy a dull life.

  53. My brain died a little while watching this video 🙁

  54. Ketan Shukla sagt:

    Sum up the whole Ted Talk in one sentence – Practice and do the work.

  55. The boots are amazing… amazingly ridiculous!

  56. i’m too bored for my brain to be changed

  57. lingsto195 sagt:

    lets discuss the MILF factor

  58. Tahira Sam sagt:

    The best way keep brain healthy keep God in your life. And encore of God in life is positive also has revealed that bow down your head to God.when you surrender and bow down you head to God al mighty the hidden truth is
    Blood from your spine and from your body will go the brain veins. In that way your brain gets more oxygen and free from clots. And memory increases. You will more calm and in peace.
    Look at all Muslims they’re brain. Their children and adults memories the whole holy book ( Quran). They bow Down their head 5 times a day. Only who bow down. Not all of them.

  59. iknowsomethingcom sagt:

    So, now we have proved what Confucius observed >2.5k yrs ago 😉
    „I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.“

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