Caroline Leaf on Science of Thought at TEDxOaksChristianSchool (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of author and cognitive neuroscientist Caroline Leaf’s TEDx Talk presentation on Science of Thought at TEDxOaksChristianSchool conference. To learn more about the speaker, read the full bio here.


Caroline Leaf on Science of Thought at TEDxOaksChristianSchool – Slides


Book(s) by the speaker:

Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

Think and Eat Yourself Smart: A Neuroscientific Approach to a Sharper Mind and Healthier Life

Who Switched Off My Brain? Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions


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Caroline Leaf – Author and cognitive neuroscientist

Good morning everyone. How amazing that TED is in a school; I just think that’s just so exciting.

Well, I teach people about the brain, and 30 years ago, I asked a ridiculous question. And it really was a ridiculous question. This is the question: can the mind change the brain?

Now that was a ridiculous question, because the view at that time, and the scientists that trained me and my lecturers, we were told that the brain could not change. So if it was damaged, well that’s it; you just basically had to teach your patients to compensate for these things and to kind of get around the problem. But that seemed such a negative thing.

So I asked that question: Can a brain that’s damaged, can it not change, can it not grow? And a brain that’s not damaged, can’t we make that better? Can’t we increase our intelligence?

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