How Things You Do Change Your Brain

I just changed the
structure my brain– or broke something up there. We should have an ambulance
standing by, guys. Anthony here for D News. And your brain is adapting
and changing all the time based on everything you do. A new study from
Imperial College London shows that ballet dancers’
brain structures actually change to keep them
from getting dizzy. They just suppress the
signal from the inner ear that tells them to
get disoriented. Just, nope, not needed. Filter that information, please. But it’s not just a
switch or a filters. The bits of the
cerebral cortex that process those signals
actually shrink. They get out of the way to allow
other bits to get stronger. This is neuroplasticity,
and is the jam. It’s a fairly new
idea, even though it was proposed in 1890
by William James. Up until the 1960s,
everyone pretty much thought that once
childhood was over, your brain just froze,
stopped developing. Not only is that
false– the extent to which your brain
can change is crazy. A study of London
cab drivers actually found that they have more
fully developed hippocampuses than most people. That’s the part of
the brain associated with space and memory. Animals that hide food for
the winter and have to find it later have more fully developed
hippocampuses than animals that don’t. And years of having to know
their way around all 25,000 streets of London made the cab
drivers’ brains restructure to become good at it. Studies of the brains
of high-level athletes have showed that having
to focus on precision and constantly integrate
feedback into their routine actually thickens the outermost
layers of their brains. Scientists can
actually tell how long somebody has been intensely
practicing a sport by how thick those layers are. But it doesn’t take years
of practiced routine to make this stuff happen. Your brain is insanely adaptive,
even in the short-term– even if you just think
about changing it. A Harvard study a few years
back gave two groups of people a couple days of piano lessons. Then one group practiced
for another five days and the other group imagined
practicing for five days. They just mentally
went through the steps of playing the
song in their head. And after scanning
everyone’s brains, they found that the motor
cortexes of both groups expanded just as much, at
least for the first few days. Now, on the other hand,
neuroplasticity could be part of why habits
can be so hard to break, and might also have
a hand in addiction. Mice given cocaine just once
grew new brain circuitry within two hours. They adapted quickly
to love the drug and to seek out the environment
where it was given to them. But it also means
that if you need to change a habit that
seems impossible to kick, you might still be
able to strengthen the parts of your brain
you need to get rid of it. A study of musicians’
brains show that they have highly
developed frontal lobes and are more likely to be
calmer and open-minded. So if you have anger or
defensiveness issues, you could potentially
take up an instrument to help train
yourself out of them. Basically, your brain
becomes the brain you make it through
what you do every day. You can train it just like
any other part of your body. Now I just need to know
which part of my brain hits the snooze button too
many times in the morning. What would you like to
train your brain to do? Let me know down in the comments
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100 thoughts on “How Things You Do Change Your Brain

  1. Yeah why don't we get cocaine for experiments that isn't fair it makes it legal for us to have cocaine but i don't really want to change

  2. So is there a list that says what we can do to change our brain cause i want to change my brain to make it better I'm already in a orchestra and now I'm gonna try to play a sport and others

  3. I am a male ballet dancer. I do not get dizzy from dancing, but I was not even like that when I began. Does this also affect males?

  4. I would like to know if you have a high fever, if it can really damage your brain. I know a lady who claims her short-term memory has been damaged due to high fever that went untreated for days. — I would like to train my brain to recall road directions in a more efficient manner.

  5. My point is that it is not magic, just doing something like closing your eyes and taking a deep breath once a day might have the same effects. It also might be a placebo, "I think it will make me mentally healthy" Therefor they become mentally healthy. When all they had to do is just think about it. I would have to see a scientific study on it.

  6. I want to change the part of my brain that makes it hard for me to focus on the same activity for longer. Writing has been getting to be a pain and I've got deadlines upcoming! :p

  7. I want to train my brain to not get too easily attracted to very attractive looking people.


  8. I looked up " Izdatpohsuble" on google thinking it's a disease/part of your brain, then I looked at what I typed and face palmed.

  9. Neuroplasticity is pretty awesome for your average person, but not so much for myself, at least currently. That part about addiction? Yeah, neroplasticity sucks for that. I'm not addicted per se, but unhealthy coping mechanisms sure are terribly difficult to break.

  10. Spotting definitely helps to minimize dizziness. This study shows there's actually more going on in the brains of dancers who have been training longterm. -Anthony

  11. I am a puzzle cube solver. When i was in high school i was very physical uncoordinated and had fairly substantial issues catching balls. After i learned how to solve a Rubik's cube i became more proficient at catching things. As my ability to solve the spatially based puzzles improved so did my ability to handle other space related problems.

  12. I would attend a class that teaches me how to improve my memory if I could or if it existed. I might look into what you said..

  13. Did you change the title of the video?? First time i watched it it was something like "why wont ballet dancers get dizzy?" Or i am just crazy?

  14. I'm one of two people of all my friends who play musical instruments (piano and guitar) and I find that us two are definitely the nicest/kindest of everyone I know.

  15. Based on what you've said I suggest you do some research on scientific studies on meditation. There have been many studies on T.M. and numerous studies on mindfulness meditation. The scientists who have done these studies on meditation have taken into account the issues you have brought up here (such as placebo) and found that meditation has all of the benefits I mentioned and several more, beyond any placebo effect. Of course if you meditated regularly you'd experience it for yourself.

  16. A waste of time, but since you claim that it is beyond a placebo, that suggests that you could give me a reference or you are just pulling this out of your ass to seem convincingly correct. Either way you are stating speculation as fact, that is ethically wrong.

  17. No you don't. You're constantly haunted by any type of memory and get pissed off when no one else can remember what you do.

  18. This was very interesting to watch but I have an issue with the London cabby example. I feel like you might be mixing correlation with causality in this case – did the study research cab drivers as their careers progressed? Otherwise there is no way of knowing if people with larger hippocampuses (therefore better orientation) just gravitate towards jobs were their natural skills would be an asset OR if it's the act of 3D memorization that cause the change in the brain

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  20. You can find tons of studies on TM and probably many on mindfulness meditation on the internet if you are willing to search for them. You'll get your evidence there. But you appear to be close minded and maybe you're lazy too so I don't expect you to search.

  21. Can I train my brain not to like sweets anymore? I know it sounds silly, but I am being serious. That would solve sooo many problems.

  22. I remember learning that in high school psych! That mental practice can be almost efficient as actually practicing…that was a long-ass time ago, and that stuck with me, haha. That's why I mentally practice vibrato on my violin….I still stuck though :-/

  23. I really want to know what's different in an archer/ and or/ a hunter's brain now. I've always felt like what we do changes us- mentally- from before we started doing them.

  24. i wanna train my brain to conduct multipliclation, factorization of 4 digit and larger  numbers as well as to be able to predict a prime number in a given range.

  25. I'd like to train my brain to be less anxious. Does anybody know pleasant activities that might help with that?

  26. I would like to meditate, learn Spanish and French and learn to play the piano! Too much? I think not

  27. i want to train my brain to let go of anger and anxiety, to see the anger coming before it almost ruins my life

  28. Its called FOCUS….plain and simple. I would suggest however that one becomes CONSCIOUSLY AWARE of WHAT ones PRIMARY FOCUS IS so one can CHOOSE to either REFRAIN from focusing on UNWANTED HABITS or REINFORCE BEHAVIORS that are FAVORABLE and MOST WANTED. See how simple it was for EINSTEIN to GROW HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT TO LEVELS OF GENIUS ?! He CREATED and EXPANDED FAVORABLE HABITS and INTERESTS! YOU can DO THAT TOO!!!

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