Improving our neuroplasticity | Dr. Kelly Lambert | TEDxBermuda

Published 2020-02-03
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Dr. Lambert’s award-winning work and research at the University of Richmond focuses on experience-based neuroplasticity using rodent, raccoon and non-human primate models. She has written two neuroscience textbooks and three mainstream books including the most recent, Well-Grounded: The neurobiology of rational decisions.
Dr. Lambert’s award-winning work and research at the University of Richmond focuses on experience-based neuroplasticity using rodent, raccoon and non-human primate models. She has written two neuroscience textbooks and three mainstream books including the most recent, Well-Grounded: The neurobiology of rational decisions. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Really good talk. I think our education systems should know this. It"s unnatural that our children have to sit on a chair at school. They should be exploring and moving and doing lots of things
  • @dr.vincewong
    It makes me so happy to see more people talking about brain health and how important it is for our mental health! BDNF released during exercise is like miracle-gro for our brain known to have 3 main benefits: stimulation of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity, strengthening existing neurons and repairing damaged neurons.
  • @mattk6182
    she gave such an informative and at times hilarious talk, really makes you think about the habits we form and carry out, and how we really are capable of remolding ourselves like a sculptor everyday we wake up into this world.
  • Dr. Lambert, thanks for your great advice on the benefits of both exercise and hobbies in reducing our stress.
    I’ve faced a lot of depression in my life and I’ve been lucky to find successful ways to fight it off including a regular practice of daily hiking and weekly horseback riding. These activities have literally saved my life more than once!
    I also work to increase my beneficial serotonin and dopamine levels to reduce my stress hormones like cortisol through a regular practice of drawing and painting in a sketchbook during my hikes in nature.
    Great presentation, Dr. Lambert. Thanks again.
  • @Lis-oh1sq
    I try to go for a walk every day and I find it a really good habit. The action itself doesn't have a very distinctive reward, but for me the benefit is just the fact that I get to see the nature, possibly other humans and experience something else besides the things that keep me in a loop. I also listen to my favourite songs while walking and just let my mind wander and observe life. Afterwards I usually feel more relaxed and it seems like I've found yet another way of looking at my existence. Sometimes while having a walk I might also feel like I can breathe for the first time that day.
  • @RachelLovelace
    LOVE! As a Psychology major studying Behaviorism, the implications of the science from the more objective end of behavior proves your point hand over fist. It is in the doing that we make our greatest learning leaps. But it's not just about memory. It's SO much more. Just observationally, one can see just how powerful the act of doing something generally is on building skill, speed, accuracy, general applicability, memory, and reflex. It's FASCINATING! I'd love to pursue a PhD in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience to gain the resources to dig further, but I think that's a little far out of my reach right now. Until then, I'm happy to nerd out on rats in cars. So fun! Thank you, Dr. Lambert for your contributions to the science of behavior and neuroscience in general.
  • @AgnisStibe
    Great and very insightful TEDx talk, thanks for sharing your wisdom, Kelly !!
  • Excellent talk - and the greatest audience to target is in our childhood - our schools - it should be on the education curriculum so we grow understanding that we can change things ourselves using our brain and repetition - we already use the repetition so much at school learning rhymes, abc, counting - today with so much mental health issues and people not understanding they can help themselves but seem to be told to live with it and the label of the mental illness instead of promoting more healthy change. love this thank you.
  • My favorite TED talk ever. Went immediately and bought her book. Such great information!
  • @heleecopter
    This was an amazing talk! I understand now why I was so stressful at school and couldn't function properly. Mainly because the activities were mostly on our desk and especially for kids with ADHD, they easily lose their focus on such environment. I'm pretty sure the gov't knew about this but decided to keep the school environment just like how we were in the 90's so that it'll be easier to control the citizen.
  • Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to learn and adapt. Until relatively recently, experts believed that our brains were fixed by the end of adolescence and that, in terms of neurons, it was all downhill from there. But the latest research has proved the opposite: that our brains can actually grow and change throughout adulthood. That is, if we treat our neural pathways right.

    “The main point of neuroplasticity is that you can actually form and reorganize connections in your brain,” says
  • OUTSTANDING TED talk!! Thank you so much for uploading such an interesting and inspiring talk by an obviously intelligent and out of the (Fruit loop) box thinker.
  • @fionablack1227
    What I should have added is reference to the high levels of depression amongst people with MS and whether this is directly connected to their decreasing physical function. I don’t wish this to sound controversial, but is depression a direct result of sedentary lifestyles that resemble the physical limitations of living with something like MS?
    I hope that your ongoing research will facilitate our understanding of how better to live in the 21st century.
    Thank you for an interesting and insightful presentation.
  • @anyariv
    EVERYONE should pass this video around. It's 100000% true!! I suffer from anxiety, I have a desk job like most people these days, but in the summer I make sure I have an hour long walk. It calms me down so much. In the winter I stay in because I hate the cold, and of course I have depression and worsening anxiety. Exercise helps, but walking is key.
  • @andyl.7976
    🎯 Key Takeaways for quick navigation:

    00:00 📚 Introduction to the Mystery of Depression and Neurochemistry
    04:02 📺 Changes in Lifestyle and the Importance of Movement
    07:26 🧶 The Concept of "Behaviorceuticals" and Repetitive Behaviors
    10:51 🧠 Brain Regions and Effort-Based Rewards
    14:11 🐀 Studies on Rats and Effort-Based Rewards
    16:27 🌳 Enriched Environments, Oxytocin, and Depression
    18:23 🚗 Rats Learning to Drive and Technology

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  • @teddy4820
    Thanks Dr Kelly Lambert, excellently delivered
  • @fionablack1227
    You mention Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease in your talk and I wonder what studies would show about neuroplasticity and depression applying what you’ve learned so far. I have MS and as someone with mild disability I am still able to engage with social interaction, exercise and gardening. However, my capacity is often curtailed by fatigue and ‘cog fog’ What I suspect is that I’m maintaining a good level of physical and mental functioning because I am able to live according to the criteria you have identified. However, I am not aware of making any improvements. What would be valuable to know is whether those of us with brain damage are able to remain stable or actually see improvements by following your protocol. This also applies to ageing of course.
  • @asthadubey95
    Thank you so much!! Very informative..💯👏...Need more talk like this
  • @garimaa0301
    such a fun ted- talk! I definitely learned something new, thanks!