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Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity, a concept only discovered within the past twenty years or so, refers to the ability of the brain’s neural pathways to grow, change, and reorganize. This plasticity can be impacted by external (physical or chemical) changes to the structure of the brain, but it can also be changed by internal, activity-dependent behaviors. This means that we can work to intentionally enhance or alter our brain function by changing our behaviors and thought patterns. Meditation is one particularly well-studied practice for brain change.We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

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Meditation’s Impact on the Brain | Documentary Clip

This is a clip from the feature documentary “A Joyful Mind.”

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The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger | Shauna Shapiro | TEDxWashingtonsquare

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

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How Mindfulness Changes the Emotional Life of Our Brains | Richard J. Davidson | TEDxSanFrancisco

“Why is it that some people are more vulnerable to life’s slings and arrows and others more resilient?” In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight...

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Hardwiring Happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson at TEDxMarin 2013

How to Overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias.

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David Eagleman: This Neuroscientist Shows You How to Unlock Hidden Strengths of Your Brain

Ideas and the power of your brain.

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Take in the Good - Rick Hanson at Chicago Ideas Week

Today we don't gather our own food, fight off wild animals, or live in caves. And yet, explains Dr. Rick Hanson, we're equipped with stone-aged brains. With practice, however, we can change our brains, and our lives, for the better.

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Neuroplasticity: Rick Hanson Explains How to Use Our Minds to Change Our Brains

Rick Hanson explains how we can use our minds to change our brains to change our minds for the better. This video was taken at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series.

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Dr. Joaquin Farias' Lecture on Dystonia at Harvard University

Dr. Farias' lecture on dystonia at Harvard Medical School.

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Rick Hanson - Feeling Loved

Empathy and Compassion in Society gives professionals a new perspective on the human capacity to cultivate empathy and compassion.

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How Can We Change Our Brains for the Better? Rick Hanson

The bottom line, in terms of how we feel - are we happy, are we sad, are we effective, are we lost in stress - how we ARE is fundamentally the result of what's happening in the three pounds of tofu between your ears.

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