What we know about the brain is changing at a breathtaking pace and in this Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd tells us about some of them.
Neuroplasticity, probably the most fascinating area in all of the life science at the moment, is doing incredible work. They’re delivering hope for people who suffer from mental disorders including autism, depression, and ADHD. Work that is leading us to alternative therapies to reset and re-sync patterns of energy in our brain. For many neuro-related illnesses and issues that for years seemed hopeless, there’s new hope.
In this talk, Dr. Boyd, a brain researcher at the University of British Columbia, is basically saying, Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Based on her research, she believes that we can learn a new language at any age (and anything else we want to learn) because as it turns out, our brain never stops developing. Not even when we’re in our 90s.
What the research means for behavior modification:
My big takeaway from this Talk is this:
All of our behaviors change our brain. Everything that we’re doing is impacting our brain function.
When we read, do daily exercise and practice other positive behaviors, we are changing our brain for the better. And when we practice bad habits, we’re also changing our brain… just not for the better.
This has huge implications for personal development work. It means, we can take heart that there’s a point to whatever healthy behaviors you and I are practicing. It means, we not only can change, but that we should embrace the process because it matters. The alternative — our unhealthy behaviors— are having an effect on our moods, self-control, focus, and the very quality of our lives.
With scientific evidence like these, we’re learning that it’s not only what we do, but also what we think, the environments we live in and all the things that we expose our brains to, that are having a positive or negative effect on it. We have more control over our brain and our capabilities than we ever realized.
I’m calling it… science is officially cool.
Christine is a Life Strategist and Emotional Health Coach living in Los Angeles. She's big on meditation and believes in systems and routines, and in personalizing everything you do to help you get where you want to be.