Neurohacking: rewiring your brain | Don Vaughn | TEDxUCLA

Published 2015-07-09
We've all heard of the phrase "life hack". But have you heard of something called a "brain hack"? Don Vaughn gives us the inside scoop on the amazing powers of the human brain.

Don Vaughn is a UCLA PhD Student and DJ.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

All Comments (21)
  • @leeles
    Thanks for this informative and passionate TED Talk. It is amazing to learn how neuroplastic and able to change our brain is. Great that you are pursuing the exploration of alternative treatments for depression. We all still have a lot to learn about our brain and how to develop it and keep it healthy. Thank you for contributing to this with your knowledge, ideas and scientific projects.
  • @maclover1524
    This is so exciting!! I've been doing a lot of research and reading about neuroplasticity and find it fascinating! The possibilities are enormous for helping people with alzheimers, depression, addiction, mood disorders. I love and agree with him that taking drugs may help some people in the short term but may also do long term damage.
  • @xanderson444
    5 years of weed abuse now sober and I’m so incredibly self conscious and feel symptoms of depersonalization. I’m now trying to heal my mind, body and soul. Wish me luck!
  • @ppereza1861
    Bravo! I find fascinating all the potential that we have inside ourselves that we are yet to discover, and these findings are really incredible. The energy of the speaker in his delivery how much he's connected with his research. I first knew about this topic from the book The brainy that changes itself, it's just amazing. Brilliant talk, thanks !
  • Awesome talk.
    What's funny is that... I've been watching tons of Ted Talks about neuroplasticity to see how I can fix my treatment-resistant depression because I'm literally out of options... and this guy talks about the exact topic I was researching. :)
  • @LoisSharbel
    What an interesting and helpful presentation! Thank you for inspiring us to continue expanding our abilities to learn and enjoy this magnificent gift of life. The discoveries being made daily about the possibilities available to us are thrilling. You are enriching lives with this talk.
  • Excellent lecture by Don Vaughan on rewiring your brain. Fantastic study. The brains nature being, Neuro plasticity in nature , by carefully rewiring it can help solving many brain related sickness. Thank you.
  • @raerae6422
    Faith in humanity restored. For deaf parents, siblings and grandparents to get a visual on their lil’ bubs chatter is huge. The bond would be so much stronger and the positive mental health benefits could be life-changing for both parties. Kudos 👏👏👏
  • @jane_7193
    Don, thank you. You really have talent for lecturing. It is amazingly easy to listen to you talking on a demanding subject.
  • This is so fascinating! My brain changed because I listened to him. My neural pathways changed.
  • @AmberCampion
    You explained the brain very well. Thanks for the great points about depression.
  • @bill9168
    You are doing amazingly helpful and practical work. You have found a niche problem, and presented a possible solution for it. Each time that happens, life gets a little better for everyone. God bless you sir, and continue your work with vigor.
  • @kirked007
    I am fascinated by all the exciting prospects ahead as more is learned about Neuroplasticity. But, I think we need to guard against over 'egging' what seems to be achievable if brains can rewire or otherwise relearn. There are lots of TED talks about 'neuroplasticity' and each one is exclusively positive and optimistic. Nothing wrong with being positive and optimistic provided the science is right. The strong message is that anyone, anywhere can rewire their brain. But perhaps that isn't true. Following cerebrovascular accident (whether Haemmorhagic, thrombotic or embolism), diseases like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's or other neurological insult severe damage can be done which may have reversible aspects and irreversible aspects. Are people who have had a severe stroke being told they can overcome this if only they try hard enough? I reiterate my message is not to be pessimistic but realistic with today's knowledge. This gentleman is very excited (and that's good to see) but it might be we are looking too crudely at 'damage done' and 'damage undone' by reviewing brain scans. We know which parts of the brain do what job. But there is much overlap and it is too simplistic to say we can discretely dissect away specific problems (although that can be done to some extent).
  • @lugandnut
    The potential for this is awesome - even in neurodegereative disease. Great times!
  • @amandagioia1
    You can fix a lot of issues using your own thoughts, I know you can for a fact. It does take a little time to show huge effects and you have to keep away from any extreme situations that you know upset you as much as possible but it works. Workout relax take walks breath a little. I talked to people but I pretty much stayed to myself for a year with kids at home you can do this too and people told me they saw some changes in me and by the end they stuck. Eight years later and I still feel the difference.
  • @azzatamano2826
    Awesome speech! Very informative, thanks much for sharing! 👏
  • @mindvolution
    True scientist! That's the passion! Wonderful talk.
  • Developing technology to help deaf parents understand and connect with their babies?? It's this guy and people like him that make America great.