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

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


44 thoughts on “After watching this, your brain will not be the same | Lara Boyd | TEDxVancouver

  1. It's so amazing to learn things about brain and its capacity to earn, how do we learn things?
    After watching the video, I ask what is the neuroplasticity of the brain? And I search for what s it. I was extremely right when I said that science explains everything, even what happens inside us. Our age is the age of the wonderful world that our brain creates to itself, brain lives through imagination through ideas and how do we behave?
    The human brain is a faculty to use in what increase our ability in learning and understanding things, we need to study it to deepen our perception and to make a new step in our process of evolution.

  2. A refreshingly positive message from the world of science – thank you Lara. One question: re. the idea that we only use a small fraction of our brains. This idea was never scientifically proved and has since been definitely disproved. However, it caught the public attention and has is still in play. Why? because it is correct, but not in the scientific way. People only reach a a tiny fraction of their potential and everyone from the dimmest up are aware this is the case, if they think about at all. To the public exact terminology is unimportant, use the '"whole brain""use the ""whole potential"" is the same thing. So, why do the majority of humans so persistently fail to reach anywhere near their potential capability?

  3. In the background, the Pythagorean conceptualization from which the environmental surfaces are nothing but illusory, however, bringing to an idea proposes of its own reality. Over 2000 years in passing, that quantum mechanics is now saying, that, if you look at something, it moves, simply because you looked at it – this comparison is as much the same in their principles that are held between Pythagoreans and Quantum reality.

  4. التعلم والتدريب المستمر على أى من المهارات هو المفتاح الحقيقى للتغيير فى اﻹنسان إلى أفضل لذلك سبحانه وتعالى كانت إولى آياته لرسول اﻹنسانيه كلها محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم (إقرأ بسم ربك

  5. I feel amazing to know what a brain can do that much of work after I watched this video. 'Practise' will help brain to learn more. I agree.

  6. to organize one's brain to the student's primary "learning modality" whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic & to what degree? afterwards it's all down hill with an imagination coupled with a sense of humor…

  7. I use Memory loss as a way to forget my evil ways … And Forgetting is Forgiving ones self First and then others , see clear enough too remove the spick form your Brothers eye … who said we can not Judge , read the rest of it … Do not Judge unless ya be Judged , Remove the Spick from your own eye First … All you Need in Life is The Holy Spirit … Amen , It's is a Personal Relationship you Know … With Him that Died on The Cross Yahushua Son of YAHWAH … Jesus and Father , and Holy Spirit all in One … Almighty GOD … He is who He is … I'AM what I'AM … I'AM in you as your Breath of Life … a word from deep within … Spirit OF , Life the Light one in the same … Only The Light Has Life in It … Not For the Light of the Sun on Earth There Would Be No , Life on Earth in Reality … The Physical Realm , within the Spiritual Realm the first world … and the Last World to be … We are Not all Ford Cars off the assembly line , but of different makes and models … not all fits all … and Amen for that … There is a GOD only One , who would love you too seek Him for He is a Loving Father … Who gave us a freewill to love or to Heat … Him … Seek Wisely my Friends … Thank you for reading this … May He Bless you for it … and I did Not just Sneezed … and you did not …

  8. Makes me wonder how the mass-use of digital helpers, like Smart Phones & such, will degrade the kind of brain formation that one needs to accomplish effective learning.

  9. Something wrong with her brain in terms of clothing. Sleeve and high winter boots. She chose it herself? And she advises others on the right choices? 🙂

  10. Amazing. After who knows how many millions of dollars the "bottom line" is that in order to learn something you have to put in the work. Wow, that's just so … Old School.

  11. This video was so much bullshit!~ talk talk talk and NO real solutions! What real solutions did she offer…all that psyco-babble BS we all knew….she gave NO damn real solutions…..but that's the way with those idiot brain dead professors that think they know something…..i am discusted with these imbiciles.

  12. Every human has a programmed and programable brain, programmed by evolution, genetics and by what is learned from life's experiences, constrained by the humans's evolution and genetic programming.

  13. Bravo, Lara!

    As an advanced level ESL teacher I have been opening my courses with the question of what learning is for many years. I believe that students, over time, (and universities for that matter) have become rather Pavlovian. That is, they pay the money, take the course, et voila, they have 'learned'.

    Your presentation is an inspiration to true learning!

  14. What I have taken from this is to be careful when I speak in public not to use the same pattern of inflection for every sentence. The brain becomes too interested in the pattern and not the content. That is why so many are saying it is boring.

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