After watching this, your brain will not be the same
In a classic research-based TED 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.
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.
While Dr. Boyd’s academic training is as a neuroscientist, the questions studied by her lab are framed by her clinical training as a physical therapist. Dr. Boyd’s research program is focused on understanding neuroplastic change in the brain with the goal of refining rehabilitation interventions for people with stroke. Specifically, her work seeks to understand how motor learning may be enhanced, and what structural and functional changes in the brain support learning.
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 a 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.