Change The Structure of Your Brain! Neuroplasticity | SUPER BRAIN – Deepak Chopra


Most of us grew up being told that we only
use a small part of our brain. And imagine if you used all of your brain what you could
be. Well the fact is that all the parts of our brain are active. All the nerve cells
are being used. But the question is, if you could somehow adapt yourself in terms of how
you use your brain, rather than letting your brain use you, could the potential for your
brain activity and your mental accomplishments be even greater? Chopra: So Rudy, most people think that their
brain is in charge of them. And we totally differ here. We say we are in charge of our
brain. And you make the point in the book very clearly, right up front, that you are
not your brain. What do you mean by that? Tanzi: Well I think if you just carry out
the simple exercise of saying my brain, you have to ask who asked that. Who said, who’s
the ‘my?’ Who asked my brain? And the brain is an organ, a great organ that serves you,
which is different than saying you serve your brain. As soon as we identify with the activities
of our brain—thoughts and feelings—then we are no longer in charge of ourselves; we
are just serving the functions of an organ. It’s similar to saying when you’re hungry,
and your stomach’s telling you to eat, that I’m my stomach. It doesn’t make any sense. Chopra: So just like I am not my stomach and
I am not my skin or I am not my hair follicles or my toenails, I’m not my brain either, and
that gives me influence over the form and structure of the brain. The brain is an activity.
And it’s influenced by every experience. So right now we are having this experience of
conversing with each other. Is this experience of me talking to you and you talking to me,
is this influencing the form and structure of our brains? Tanzi: The brain is wired always in a plastic
way. Plastic meaning it’s adaptable, it’s malleable, it’s flexible. There’s no hard
wiring so to speak. Yet there are certain pathways that need to be hard wired so that
you can breathe and swallow your food. But for the most part when you have a new experience,
you are changing your neural network of your brain at various levels. You’re changing
the neurochemistry. What type of chemicals are being made in the brain that are being
shunted between nerve cells to create electrochemical signals to create memories, learning experiences. Chopra: Okay so now as we are having this
conversation, which is a bit of a reflective, intellectual conversation, our frontal cortex
is getting activated, our cortical brain, right? Tanzi: On one hand I’m excited to speak about
it. So my emotional center, my limbic center is saying this is great, let’s keep talking
about this. My frontal cortex, the more recently evolved part of the brain is saying whoa,
slow down. Don’t get carried away. What you want to say has to be reasonable and… Chopra: Scientific? Tanzi: And scientifically sound. So there’s
this constant battle in the brain between the limbic emotional system and the parts
that are involved with logic, learning. And what’s beautiful is that as you experience
new things, the neural networks in all these parts of the brain are changing even how they
interact with each other. So you’re getting changes in connections, between nerve cells
within certain regions like the limbic region for emotion, at the same time within your
cortex where there’s thinking and reasoning, and how those regions interact with each other.
So this happens at every moment you’re interacting with the world, seeing a beautiful forest
or trees and birds in the forest, or when you’re at a scientific lecture being stimulated
by some new topic. Chopra: This is fascinating to me because
most of us don’t think about it this way. We think oh there’s a brain, and it does its
thing. But right now there are lots of people who are actually watching us on YouTube. Are
we influencing their brains, the structure of their brains right now? Tanzi: All of this input is influencing the
brain of the listener. Chopra: So the listener’s brain is being influenced
by our conversation, and certain parts are being activated, neural networks. And that
activation requires the manufacture of proteins. So that requires certain genes to be activated.
So we’re not only influencing each other’s DNA and genes, but all those people who are
listening to us. Tanzi: Right now as people are listening to
us, if they’re being stimulated by what we say and relating to it, their chemicals
are changing. As a result, the connections between nerve cells are actually changing.
If you picture almost like little worms that are extending and growing and now connecting
in different places, because of the experience for example of the viewer of us speaking right
now. Chopra: And this is called neuroplasticity,
right? Tanzi: Neuroplasticity. Chopra: That the brain is plastic. The form
and structure of the brain can be influenced by every experience including a conversation.

29 thoughts on “Change The Structure of Your Brain! Neuroplasticity | SUPER BRAIN – Deepak Chopra

  1. Wow! Thank you. This series is just amazing.
    We are not our brains, our thoughts, judgements, feelings. We are the observer of this.
    This just totally hit me for the first time in a while, in terms of feeling it not just understanding it.
    Thank you so much !!

  2. I saw the Super Brain special on PBS. It resonates with me and my challenges with anxiety and I think it will help me. I bought the audiobook, but I'd like to be able to get the special itself with all the DVDs that were made available during the donation drive.

    I was not able to donate the amount needed, but I'll be able to save up later for it. Does anyone know where I can purchase the PBS special itself with all that other stuff? I checked shoppbs.org and it was not there.

  3. My instructor at school uses the analogy of a path in a forest. If you walk this path every day a well worn trail appears. If you wish to follow a new path, you must blaze a trail, and over time this wearing in of the path will occur. Your old path that you no longer follow, will begin to be overgrown, and will one day vanish. This is neuroplasticity, everyday you have the choice on which path you will follow. This is not new, look up the Cherokee legend of the two wolves.

  4. It is fascinating that people say you cannot "Be" without a brain. In these same ways you cannot be without lungs of some sort, without a heart of some sort, without a digestive system of some sort, and without some sort of liver system. These things all have their own individual nerves and neurons. The "Self" is the homeostasis within all of these things, and does not derive from one individual part of these organs.

  5. I don't think people walk around consciously thinking "I am my brain" nor does it seem to do any good to walk around thinking "I am not my brain". There is some use in realizing that you're not your _thoughts_ though. Did anyone really not already know that you'll be affected by things on some level? It's common sense "experience".

    Deepak seems a little too excited about how to "influence other people's brains" though, as part of his continued brain washing attempts to sell more books.

  6. I found it difficult to follow the conversation because of the distracting background music. Was this intentional? This distraction aroused feelings of annoyance to the point of anger. Adding distraction seems at odds with the concept of quieting one's mind and focusing intent. The extraneous noise in the world today is staggering and I think, not good, necessary, or healthy.

  7. In neuroscience, cellular memory is discussed. A question with regards to organ donation. In research I read a story of an 8 yr old girl, who received a heart from a recently deceased 10 yr old girl. 2 wks later, she started having nightmares about a man attacking her. She told her parents. They took her to a psychiatrist. 2 wks later the psyche got the name of a man, the clothes he was wearing and what he said to the 10 yr old when he killed her. Apparently the man then was caught & jailed. ??

  8. Thanks for that 🙂 I did a bit and came across 'HeartMath' which I've seen before. I guess my understanding is that cells change according to the enzymes introduced. So a petrie dish of cells with enzyme A introduced creates muscle. Enzyme B on another set of cells creates bone and so on for fat, tissue, organs etc.. I feel that it is cell memory that gets passed on, and perhaps not a particular named cell from another organ as such. I'll keep on researching though. Thanks 🙂

  9. They know how to train the brain into behaving in a more desirable way. But the mainstream scientific viewpoint is still more valid.

  10. The music in the background reformed my brain and flooded my system with chemicals produced by the feeling of annoyance. 

  11. Just fascinating to have so much that I've researched about our brain, our biochemistry and our gene plasticity all out togehter this way. Awesome"

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