Full transcript of neuropsychiatrist Daniel Amen’s TEDx Talk: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life @ TEDxOrangeCoast conference. Dr. Amen is the author of the popular book Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Revised and Expanded): The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems.
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Daniel Amen – Psychiatrist and Brain Specialist
Good afternoon. I am so excited to be here. I actually film all my shows here at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
So, innovation is a brain function. It is dependent on the physical health of your brain.
So, did you know obviously, your brain is involved in everything you do: how you think, how you feel, how you act, how you get along with other people.
At the Amen Clinics, we have looked at over 63,000 brain scans over the last 20 years, and it is very clear to me that your brain is the organ of judgment, personality, character, and innovation.
And when you brain works right, you work right. And when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.
So what you see on the screen are two brain SPECT scans. SPECT is the study that we do in our clinic. It’s a very sophisticated brain imaging study that looks at blood flow and activity patterns. It looks at how your brain works.
And it basically shows us three things: areas of the brain that work well, areas of the brain that are low in activity, and areas of the brain that are high in activity. So good activity, too little, or too much. And then our job becomes balancing it.