Says Science: We have the power to shape the brain we want!

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 life science at the moment, has new empowering information for us all.

This work is delivering hope for people who suffer from mental disorders including autism, depression, and ADHD. It’s work that is leading us to alternative therapies that can reset and resync patterns in our brain. For many mind- and brain-related illnesses and issues that for years seemed hopeless, neuroplasticity is offering 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 neuroplasticity means for behavior modification:

My big takeaway from this Talk is this:

Everything that we do changes our brain. Everything that we do impacts our brain function.

When we read, do physical exercise and practice other positive behaviors, we are changing our brain for the better. And when we do bad habits repeatedly, we’re also changing our brain… just not for the better.

This knowledge has huge implications for personal development work.

It means, we can take heart that there’s a point to whatever healthy practices we’re trying to implement. It means, we not only can change, but that we should embrace the process because it matters.

These unhealthy habits that  so negatively affects our moods, lowers our self-control, focus, and the very quality of our lives, can be changed.

With science-backed knowledge 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’re learning that we have more control over our brain and our capabilities than we ever realized. Isn’t that something?

I’m calling it… science is officially cool.

Christine Angelica

Christine is a Mindfulness trainer and Emotional Health Coach living in Los Angeles. She's big on meditation, routines, systems and personalization.

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