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

Your brain will not be the same.

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

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  1. “Everything you do, everything you encounter and everything you experience is changing your brain.” I love these lines.

    1. Very good talking skills but nothing valuable. Brain physically is about 10% of HEAD and less of MAN. All 4legs have brains and more MONEY but MAN.

    2. How do you know it’s true? Do you have any evidence? And try not believe everything the sh. ills, say. Don’t be foo. led by these well paid Sh…s.

  2. “When you leave today, go out and build the brain you want”

    Manifest and PRACTICE the positive things that will give a healthy long term life for your brain. This really changed my perspective moving forward. I’m so glad I came across this!

  3. “Large doses of Practice” “Each individual requires their own intervention” I really like your profound view on preparing the brains of people for neuroplasticity, with an importance on varying the approaches. Keep up the awesome work, doc! Try bringing this to the UBC psych wards and the other neurological departments, it could be incredibly beneficial ☮️❤️ No patient should be given up on, we all can learn to become more in tune with our higher selves & shouldn’t be simply prescribed generalized medicine when it’s clear that all our brains are unique

    1. Customized treatment, diet, exercise, education, training, activities, etc. I hope one day people learn more about the collective benefiting most by cultivating the individuals. 🇺🇸✌🏻

  4. Nothing is more effective than practice, you have to do the work. What a wonderful lesson!

    1. You can receive many advices from your close people, but you achieve your dream by yourself, let’s fighting and try hard !!!

  5. As someone who has suffered from 4 strokes in the past, I can relate to everything Lara Boyd explains when she talks about the difficultly some people have when learning a new skill. I can also relate to the idea that medicine has not reached a point where it is helping stroke patients with what they really require for rehabilitation, and further help with their individual futures. My strokes disabled motor functions on one side of my body, caused a speech impediment and left me half-blind. All this is physical, yet behind all these see-able problems lingers the mental chaos that accompanies stokes, like learning new skills and dealing with the frustration of watching many others solve and master equal skills far easier.

    I hope for the sake of future generations, and even those who struggle today, that something simple – like this talk – can motivate those (stroke patient or not) to focus clearer and adjust their strategies for learning new or old skills.

    1. You are very articulate in your writing. You my friend have something to offer this world you may just not know it yet!

    2. My daughter has an Acquired Brain Injury
      This makes sense
      That’s why she was able to recover
      She now has a 6 year old,and is doing really well
      I’m so proud of her
      And I keep telling her

    3. I wish my grandmother could be able to communicate, it’s her right hand that has been affected the worse so she can’t even write it out if she was willing to

    4. Omg, there is absolutely someone out there with these I’ve had 50 heart attacks and I can relate short story that took them an hour to type…
      What tf? No one wants to hear ur sht!!! Get outer yourself

  6. Thank you Lara for your informative presentation. The brain amazes me, after many years of addictive behaviours some of which I still carry today, although I am now on a 10 week plan to quit nicotine and, God willing, that will finally render me drug free, I still suffer from crippling anxiety.

    Understanding my brain more and learning to put advice into practice helps me a lot and although I procrastinate and find it difficult to ask and answer questions I am learning to do things badly as I have a greater understanding that repetition is the key to unlocking my true potential, recovering who I really am.

    To do this I have a support network building who are like minded people with an understanding of my disabilities who I hope can help me to turn these into my greatest abilities.

    I am choosing to learn something new everyday.

  7. Basically, keep learning, keep growing.
    What you want to learn, inculcate it into your behaviour, and your brain will build pathways in thag direction. (Happened to me)
    For those of us who have developed negative thought patterns, and don’t know how to feel positive about some traits of ours, try neutral thoughts instead.
    If your first thought is negative (in whatever context you want to change), try to make sure your second or third or any response that you manage is positive, or at the very least, neutral.
    And don’t try to rationalise wrong things. Like a friend of mine is always like, ‘but why would I care?’ they say that but they constantly keep worrying about whatever they think is their unpleasant trait.
    Don’t just outwardly act like your good. Think you’re good and the right kind of person you need to be. Keep learning and don’t let the voices of your inner critics hold you back.

  8. You know, if we had more people like this- working at this level, at the known boundaries of brain function – just maybe we could save ourselves from what appears to be a bleak and painful future learning experience for everyone on Earth. I hope the next people can learn not to repeat the mistakes.

  9. I am 70 and during COVID decided to brush up on my German, having lived there for five years in the 80’s. After a year I have added French, Italian and Latin. I study at least an hour a day. I can actually feel my brain structure changing.

    1. @S Cassi that’s good. The guy showed “accelerated learning” is possible if you have the motivation and use more time on becoming proficient in the language. If you commit excellent results are possible.

    2. @muatasim abdalla it is. 3 hrs in a college class room and maybe 2 to 5 hrs of homework per week equal 5-8 hrs a week. versus 40 to 50 hrs of high powered learning under motivation. So you can literally learn it almost 10x faster if you are sufficiently inspired and focused. It’s facts.

  10. even though 7 years have passed since this ted talk, it is still thought-provoking and inspiring.

  11. I think the most important note was “The Primary driver of change in your brain is your behavior, so there’s no neuroplasticity drug that you can take. Nothing is more effective than practice at helping you learn. Bottom line is that you have to do the work. Increased struggle if you will, during practice, actually leads to both more learning and greater structural change in the brain”

  12. I suffered a TBI 2013, this is exactly what I’ve felt or tried tell my therapist for so long. I’ve gotten so much better from where I initially started . I’m in no way trying to disrespect the people that were recovering alongside of myself but I could see eventually there were people ahead of me and others I was more advanced than. I would on a daily basis fight with recovery while combating anger because I felt held back. What Lara explained about each person needing an individual way of help from a dr or therapist is so true. I agreed with everything she said. I’ve felt the good and bad personally from the prospective of doing the work to get better. Some days I could care less then on others after giving myself a talking to, I would get back in there and go at it again . I’m now attending community College to e eventually be a mental health therapist. This all coming from a person that was run over, 6 month coma , 6 strokes , internal injuries along with whatever life continues to throw at you. The clock doesn’t stop just because I was injured.
    Thank you very much . Finally someone hit it on the head. Figuratively speaking. Lol

  13. Nice to listen your Neuroscience perspective of behavior of our Brain, an organ with variety of our controls mechanism. Brain has two parts ie Left just Opposite to Heart and Right just Opposite to Lungs. Behavior of Left makes us creative and Right makes us regimented. Essentially, Listening Power of Brain starts learning from 8 months onwards during residing at Mothers Wombs. So it continues the process upto 13 years. That’s grooming by Parents that makes the child to acquire a Permanent Learning and helps structure the Brain. So far sickness of Brain for various diseases, it construes purely due to deficiency of Metabolic conditions that needs appropriate treatment to cure with medical therapy. Early Learning (Parental Learing) assumes an important role to construct Mind of individual powered by Soul that act as Core Values differently from people to people in listening, thinking, believing and rationalizing processes. This phenomenon ultimately helps get stored in Subtle form in Mind; and acts to behave being controlled by Core Values.

  14. algumas pessoas possúem mais ou menos condições para enfrentar uma doença. E isso leva em conta o seu comportamento e as suas consequencias, sejam elas positivas ou negativas, para a atividade metabólica ou neuronal. Estaria se referindo a capacidade da pessoa de ter ou não o poder de se autoregularizar como organismo, ou seja de se manter vivo e funcional. Com isso alguns organismos demonstram melhores resultados de recuperação por estarem condicionados à estímulos do ambiente ou pela própria expressão gênica ao possuir tal capacidade diferenciada.

  15. I recently found it most amazing to learn that the spinal cord is part of the brain. The reason for different names is simply to describe which part of the brain is being discussed. So we have the Brain, Brain Stem and Spinal Cord all three are one.

    1. Thank you very much. Makes sense and now I get the connection. 👏👏👏🙏🤲🌷❤️

  16. I’ve always speculated that “learning” is a deeply inherent part of overall brain health, no different than physical fitness intrinsically contributes to better heart and lung health in athletes. In short, the more you use it……the stronger it becomes. I’ve always promoted the idea of “learning something new” irregardless of your age, income, or situation. To take it a step further, I theorize that our brains benefit more from learning something completely different as opposed to tasks that are somewhat similar. So if you enjoy playing piano……your brain will probably benefit more if you learn how to paint as opposed to playing guitar. And for someone who enjoys painting……they would benefit more learning how to play piano as opposed to learning how to make sculptures.

  17. I’ve struggled with a really dull and slow brain from childhood. Recently getting some standard understanding to things I learn. I am so grateful Lara Boyd. this just gave me a clearer knowledge that I can be better and even more sound in knowledge. thank you for the neuroplasticity teaching. I must confess it sounds new, educating to me and soo very clear. I am grateful.

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