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

  • Published on Dec 15, 2015
  • 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.
    RU-clip Tags: brain science, brain, stroke, neuroplasticity, science, motor learning, identity, TED, TEDxVancouver, TEDxVancouver 2015, Vancouver, TEDx, Rogers Arena, Vancouver speakers, Vancouver conference, ideas worth spreading, great idea,
    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

Comments • 7 478

  • Justice begins To shine

    Why does she keep saying I have a plastic brain 😡

  • Alan Archer
    Alan Archer 2 days ago

    After years of research, millions of dollars and hundreds of graduate students slaving away for tens of thousands of hours, the answer is in:
    We're all different and our brains are different to!

  • castawa
    castawa 2 days ago

    30 min gym a day wouldn't hurt!!

  • Tarık Göl
    Tarık Göl 2 days ago

    The video is great, but the Turkish translation needs to be more clear. (Maalesef Türkçe çeviride bariz hatalar mevcut, bazı İngilizce kelimeler anlam çıkarılmadan direkt olarak Türkçe'ye çevrilmiş durumda.)

  • Banshee579
    Banshee579 3 days ago

    Boy that was boring.
    You better back that talk up with some interesting photos and pictures.

  • Tarcisio Alves
    Tarcisio Alves 3 days ago +1

    In my point of view, this is the best of Ted. I would like to know this professor... She is just fantastic.

  • Glorious Content
    Glorious Content 3 days ago

    Yeah, because everyone's now dumber having heard that.

  • Gelly Farts
    Gelly Farts 3 days ago


  • Brookerz
    Brookerz 4 days ago

    So you use your brain to learn about brains. Does your brain know its learning about its self? Does it know we're tryna figure out what it does on a daily basis while using it to try and figure it out?

  • I
    I 5 days ago

    This talk talks about nothing

  • Joe Billielo
    Joe Billielo 6 days ago

    Too bad she hasn't learned to dress her age.

  • Andrija Rajcevic
    Andrija Rajcevic 6 days ago

    What a clickbait....

  • IP
    IP 7 days ago

    Ни о чём

  • Kari Rodriguez
    Kari Rodriguez 7 days ago +5

    Wow, I had a stroke on Oct 2017, I learned dancing after that, I am taking Argentinian Tango, and learning French...I do a lot of meditation , and I believe I can do what I want.

  • Tarunpreet Kaur
    Tarunpreet Kaur 8 days ago

    Treat for research students

    INDERVIR HUNDAL 11 days ago

    How do you stimulate your brain - for autism - art and music and something else?

  • Kirsten F
    Kirsten F 13 days ago

    Every time I watch a TED talk, I'm struck by how much better it would be if the speaker was sitting on a beanbag wearing a jawa cloak.

  • Khan Azaz
    Khan Azaz 13 days ago

    my mom is paralysed since it happened i regularly help her to exercise for her left hand and leg recovery i never been tooked her to therapist everthing i did by my own what i know was there is no treatment invented what i learned spending every second with her and finding a way to make her able to regain movement is "practice" repeting the movement again and again thats called "neuroplasticity" our brain repair itself in specific time the only thing is you have to practice more because its a restart of your brain connection. its needs a lots of effort but it is possible.

  • Jonas Sami
    Jonas Sami 15 days ago

    Who came up with the video title 'after watching this' ? whoever it is, tell him or her this is ridiculous

  • Joseph Muita
    Joseph Muita 15 days ago

    Thank you for this great video

  • Reeve Sysko
    Reeve Sysko 16 days ago +1

    Lara Boyd is a G

  • Winnie B.Mandela
    Winnie B.Mandela 17 days ago +4

    our brain is shaped by everything we do and everything we don't.

  • Julie Reyna
    Julie Reyna 21 day ago

    How about putting those chemicals bac in our bodies natural herbs. Like aloe Vera that has all those things that we lose with aging that God put on here. For his people

  • doggone
    doggone 21 day ago

    Mine is after listening to lies

  • Luis Pena
    Luis Pena 22 days ago


  • Sean Turner
    Sean Turner 24 days ago +1

    Misconception. Fake science. P.s. intellectual property is a "thing" in Canada .

  • shelley isom
    shelley isom 24 days ago +4

    I wish scientists would spend some time reading Carlos Castaneda's books. He's way ahead of them.

  • Mikaillu Malla
    Mikaillu Malla 24 days ago +1

    wow i love this lecture it's so educative. please want more of the video

  • Tyler G
    Tyler G 26 days ago

    Nope your wrong lady my Dr said said brain stays the same its all genetic There is no point learning anything. smart people are born smart dum dums are two.

  • Peacebenson Peacebenson

    Really great

  • Manoel Silva Junior
    Manoel Silva Junior 26 days ago

    Very good explanation, thank you!

  • newlife nowife
    newlife nowife 26 days ago

    nice boots...

  • Sedefnur Taşın
    Sedefnur Taşın 26 days ago

    This was so efected

  • محمد صالح
    محمد صالح 27 days ago

    welcome very much

  • bioman
    bioman 28 days ago

    If I should name something uninteresting and boring, I would name this video.

  • Mark Webster
    Mark Webster 28 days ago +7

    every time she says, "my research shows", drink.

  • Abdullah Alofi
    Abdullah Alofi 29 days ago

    my brain is exactly the same :)

  • しおり Shiori
    しおり Shiori 29 days ago +3


    • James 1010
      James 1010 27 days ago


  • Sri Andayani
    Sri Andayani Month ago


  • Awestinum Maximumicus


  • Philmore
    Philmore Month ago

    I just love her voice

  • Pan- Shot
    Pan- Shot Month ago +9

    Could have been good but my brain got bored af

  • Kludgeon
    Kludgeon Month ago

    Where my Vancouverites at?

  • Meltem Teke
    Meltem Teke Month ago

    Ah bir MS hastası olarak sinirlendiğimde beynimin içinde ki plak hızlarını hesaplıyorum 😒

  • abigail Omolo
    abigail Omolo Month ago

    I was trying but this lady is so boring like ...

  • anandtiwarind
    anandtiwarind Month ago

    Total chutiyapa.....Kya bakwas hai

  • Miss Mccoy
    Miss Mccoy Month ago

    I’m definitely going deeper in this study. I’m interested. She sold me on this

  • Jack's Son
    Jack's Son Month ago

    The brain will never comprehend itself.

  • Suhail Nabi
    Suhail Nabi Month ago

    Doppelganger of Nikki haley

  • Bianca Sy
    Bianca Sy Month ago

    "Repeat those behaviors that are healthy for your brain, and break those behaviors and habits that are not."

  • Raja Shafiq
    Raja Shafiq Month ago

    I am thankful to you for your research on brain development and delivering it to the public in a very easy manner, thank you again.

  • Zar'in Salleh
    Zar'in Salleh Month ago

    The video title is a scam

  • Michael Starkey
    Michael Starkey Month ago +1

    blah blah blah blah... go to last 3 minutes.

  • Lakshmi S
    Lakshmi S Month ago

    Free heart

  • anonawrifhjdsklfkwa

    So practicing is changing your brain. But what if your daily practice consists of watching youtube/instagram/facebook and advertising. How is that affecting your brain?

  • Sagar vari
    Sagar vari Month ago

    Name of book for basic of nuro science??

  • Herman Herman
    Herman Herman Month ago


  • Santiago Maass
    Santiago Maass Month ago

    it´s incredible how neuroscience is giving answers to the questions about our behavior! imagine in 50 years, we will probably know how to "build" amazing brains

    • conexos2007
      conexos2007 Month ago +1

      There is already artificial intelligence

  • Mustafa Baris
    Mustafa Baris Month ago

    I don’t think this is a bad TED talk , even though I didn’t pick up anything new other than confirming what I have known all along , which is everyone learns differently and practice makes it perfect ... But , can anyone tell me why this is the most watched TED talk ever ? Anyone please ? ?

  • graceoverall
    graceoverall Month ago

    9:19 reminds me of Hebrews 12:4 "You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;" (NASB)

  • Harles Balanta
    Harles Balanta Month ago +1

    Nothing new here, lady ,everything that is physical changes, all the tine.

  • Kuba Kozinski
    Kuba Kozinski Month ago

    Psilocybin stimulates neurogenesis. This compound even goes way beyond that, able to cure depression. Look into psilocybin.

  • Karar Gaber
    Karar Gaber Month ago

    شكرا للمترجم انور

  • ramrod 60th
    ramrod 60th Month ago

    Want to bet people's not going to change just cuz you speak

  • Mike F.
    Mike F. Month ago

    Feel the title is fake, misleading. Nothing new here that most people in education haven't heard for the past 15 years. Hence, after watching this, my brain has not changed.

  • PomPomi
    PomPomi Month ago

    I don't have brain.

  • Patrick k
    Patrick k Month ago

    I am left wonder why as a person who studies recover from stroke she didn't mention diet. Certainly the best weapon against potential stroke is diet.

    • TheSpicyPotato
      TheSpicyPotato Month ago

      she did say BEHAVIOR. She isnt going to mention the small details

    TIPS AND TRICKS Month ago


  • Yash Tiwari
    Yash Tiwari Month ago

    23million people interested to change their brain in 14minutes. cool

  • Eddmond
    Eddmond Month ago

    Who else expected automatic rest in their brain?

    GABRIEL JESUS Month ago


  • R MoneyReal
    R MoneyReal Month ago +2

    *Harvard here I come*

  • Maria Holloway
    Maria Holloway Month ago

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  • Nguyen Tanthien
    Nguyen Tanthien Month ago

    If I get Childrends Uniform mayby I will get moore Langustik.........Write Song in the School

  • Nguyen Tanthien
    Nguyen Tanthien Month ago

    Pressur or Not Pressur .......Wahrscheinlich neues Fiseur brauchen ..........

  • Pegasus
    Pegasus Month ago

    Humans do not think with there brain , that is a misconception , we intact think with our minds which are in the soul .
    Our thoughts and emotions are intertwined , and this happens when our minds in the soul interact with the emotions in our chakra energy centers .
    We are two parts
    1. The brain and the body
    2. The mind and the soul
    The brain does any actually do much , we think with the soul
    This is probable through paranormal research where people like medium clairvoyants can speak to the deceased .
    The deceased are spirit beings of consciousness and light ,often referred to as ghosts .
    Spirits are still able to communicate with the living , and spirits can think , feel emotions and communicate .
    A spirit or ghosts thinks with the soul mind , and so does the living ,ghosts can also see , yet they have no brain body or eyes .
    Spirits see with the third eye chakra of the soul which is how we see dream Images and clairvoyant images also .
    We can't see our soul but it exists , science cannot reject the soul just becuase there was no way to register the soul .
    Soul exists but we can't see the soul because it vibrates at 4th dimension spirit world which our 3 dimensional eyes cannot see .
    Some people see spirits and assume they are them with there eyes , which they associate with sight buy in fact we see spirits with our third eye chakra .

  • Espie Tutaan
    Espie Tutaan Month ago

    Exciting to learn how brain works. More talks about brain functionality is so interesting to hear learned a lot. TY.

  • mrkakashi12341
    mrkakashi12341 Month ago +1

    Yes, we spent 15 minutes to get one idea - but don't you get it? Her point is there is no short-cut in learning : -)

    • Eddsworld krove
      Eddsworld krove Month ago

      There is short-cuts, well by using your brain in the most effective way just like any other body part.

    MAJESTIC Month ago

    13 thousand idiots disliked ahaha

  • bassistwd
    bassistwd Month ago

    Old news

  • Lynda Ford
    Lynda Ford Month ago

    Thank you very much, Dr Byod for all your research and SHARING! I attended the Memory Matters seminar here on HHI a few weeks ago and your lecture/talk was outstanding and so uplifting to know that there is HOPE for stroke victims as well as our aging population. Now we just have to get to work and LEARN something new. I've pulled out my old French books and purchased new tapes. Hope some of that long term memory shows up :)

  • thiru mohan
    thiru mohan Month ago


  • Just A Greek Internet User

    Kinda clickbait-y but interesting.

  • sara saeedikhoo
    sara saeedikhoo 2 months ago +2

    Neural plasticity is an astonishing issues🧠🧠

  • adam creek
    adam creek 2 months ago +1

    I could of told you what she's been saying, it's all common sense, but she adds words that people don't understand which makes us think that she's right

  • محمود محمد
    محمود محمد 2 months ago

    Great video , thanks for that .

  • I Love English
    I Love English 2 months ago +1


  • Serena Chang
    Serena Chang 2 months ago +4

    Behaviours everyday change your brain structurally and functionally, I guess the indicated word here is also "habit". You also said about learning varies within an individual, but how about longitudinally? Is a person likely to be better at some things at one point of time but worse at others, become better at those other things in the future?

  • sophia jager
    sophia jager 2 months ago

    Thank you for the facts

  • Jesper Rasmussen
    Jesper Rasmussen 2 months ago


  • Bhushita Mahanta
    Bhushita Mahanta 2 months ago +1

    How Does Sensory Memory Work?

  • Lolita Candy
    Lolita Candy 2 months ago +2

    "Practice makes you learn"
    "Many people can work hard with the same effort but all are unique and learn things at different pace"
    "Your behaviour can affect how you learn and develop"
    "Chemical + structural + funtional changes = neuroplasticity. Change behaviour = change neuroplasticity"
    Thats wat i understood

  • ImRyuGa
    ImRyuGa 2 months ago +1

    2:10 what type of amounts Ms. Boyd🤔?

  • Aras ağaoglu
    Aras ağaoglu 2 months ago

    I just wanna ask a question here ... When are you gonna be more than 30yrs old .. are you losing your brain skills ? ( I mean for learning new things or forgeting something fast ?

  • Dan Yul
    Dan Yul 2 months ago

    Seems like a clickbait title- doesn’t help explore how to personalize our learning (e.g. techniques to explore diff learning styles). Only says that learning is different.

  • Barbara Tibbets
    Barbara Tibbets 2 months ago

    I find that in these Ted Talks, if I don’t look at the person, I listen better and “get” what they are telling or explaining. Maybe I should switch to podcasts.

  • Hope Woods
    Hope Woods 2 months ago


  • wvufanew1
    wvufanew1 2 months ago +39

    At my age of 70 my brain is telling me she looks awfully good.

  • Nelea Mihaila
    Nelea Mihaila 2 months ago

    Why does practice taking a nap doesn’t do nothing?

  • Baraa Fath
    Baraa Fath 2 months ago

    All these views expected something Innovative.... There is nothing here guys, don't waste your time!