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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young at TEDxToronto

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the Creator and Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program, and the author of the international best-selling book The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (www.barbaraarrowsmithyoung.com/book). She holds a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph, and a Master's degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Arrowsmith-Young is recognized as the creator of one of the first practical applications of the principles of neuroplasticity to the treatment of learning disorders. Her program is implemented in 54 schools internationally. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Yogesh Nimbekar (1 день назад)
Thank you so much!!!
Mayur Gupta (2 дня назад)
So inspirational . Nice ma'am.
Mandy Vigna (4 дня назад)
My brain is full scelorosis. More and more every year, yet I walk and talk and hold an intellectually challenging job. I know I have been making new connections didn't realize the name. Now I just need to find those spatial- geographical exercises....
Mohammad Ifrahim Butt (9 дней назад)
Joshi Dhruv (17 дней назад)
This is great help miss Arrowsmith ... Would like to talk to you
waheeda karim (18 дней назад)
Marvelous! So proud of her . May this talk help billion brains A’meen
Gita sn (2 месяца назад)
many many thanks fo such a inspiring amazing shring to help and motivate people who are hopeless and suffering
Paulie K (2 месяца назад)
Well I guess I can someday understand Hegel
Dr. Safou Sal (2 месяца назад)
I love you woman !! At the 50' there was the will but no solution , now there is the solution but not the will
santosh Rani (3 месяца назад)
Plz translate in hindi. I,m hungry of this type vidio
Seed2Stem (3 месяца назад)
Great Ted Talk
Diana Arellano (3 месяца назад)
Had to watch this video as part of a school assignment and I love it. Very inspiring!
Conor Norris (5 месяцев назад)
cooler than anyone in the history of time, that must of been such hard work
que honda (6 месяцев назад)
Does anyone know if this will help with ocd ??? And what exercises I could do
Ed Gepixel (6 месяцев назад)
I don't understand how did she precisely changed her brain. What exercises? That would be useful to know. Otherwise it's just generalities.
waheeda karim (7 месяцев назад)
Very inspirational talk . We need more talks like these to get rid of stress n pills !
Lynn Proctor (8 месяцев назад)
Excellent! Brain exercises should definitely be a major part of every class taught, to strengthen all areas we are learning at that time. This is so exciting. I wonder how long it will take our education system to catch on. For slower learners, or those with learning challenges, this might just be the answer.
Humerah Yousef (8 месяцев назад)
Thank you for sharing and inspiring others. Through videos like these, I can attempt putting the puzzle together. Perhaps, someone can shed some light on the heart, which actually guides and balances the brain. I have witnessed people who are genius, but have destroyed their own lives due to allowing darkness in their hearts​. And, these people themselves are at the top in the medical field. So, my personal gathering is that the desire reminessing in the heart signals the brain to nueroplasticity ​undetectably. Therefore, the origin of the venture takes place in the heart. Even people who don't have a mental block can enhance the brain, by focusing on the heart.
Will Tabacchi (8 месяцев назад)
Such great news - Barbara spread the word at the grass roots level -tell us what are the exercises? You have our attention -now tell us the exercises
EmmieTuesday (8 месяцев назад)
she doesnt say “how” because she owns a school, only in canada, to teach her process. If she shared “how” she would not be so reknown or be able to achieve what she must earn. same old song and dance...proprietary info, and a tease.
Katie Kat (9 месяцев назад)
She seems like a nice person BUT her story is so inconsistent that what she is saying couldn’t have happened like she says. Either she is a liar but she doesn’t seem like it. Although there are those weird people out there that make up stuff for attention. Or she’s exaggerating. Or she’s confused and things didn’t happen like she said. You can’t say that you can’t comprehend concepts and then say you followed you dad’s advice which couldn’t be any more concept full than it is. You can’t say you don’t understand 2 hands on the clock but when you made a plan suddenly you self taught yourself how to know a clock after all the years of being taught and not getting it. And as a topper to that you self taught yourself 4 or 5 hands on a clock and could comprehend that? She was in school and people were trying to teach her so there was stimulation. Why at 25 yrs old and self teaching yourself is better than when your a child with more brain connections? She can’t comprehend spatial stuff or math and yet she got as far as taking Geometry? That’s taught after Algebra 1 & 2. Even if it isn’t how she get that far and yet couldn’t comprehend anything? She’s exaggerating. There’s no way that you think you have a literal block in your head and the next thing you know you make your own lessons to be able to divide time on a clock by 4 or 5 hands. She may seem nice but she is obviously a nut.
Teresa Horner chase (9 месяцев назад)
Good talk but u need to come back on and explain more about neuroplastity
Yair Even Or (9 месяцев назад)
I Don't understand how from forcing herself to understand how clock works she could suddenly read philosophy... It's not even on the same complexity scale.
Areeba1 Shamim (9 месяцев назад)
I am facing lots lots of problem memorry in and solving maths problem i ts hard for me to understand the pain of barbara. Right know i am in highschool and facing lots of problem in my studies due tomy brain. Please someone tell some mental exercise so that i can improve my mental health.
PazzaTV (9 месяцев назад)
Please consider cause and effect, it's often mercury poisoning that causes long term brain dysfunction. Try the Andy Cutler Protocol to heal.
Deepti Sing (11 месяцев назад)
Mam I'm so glad to meet n hear u how could I help a 10yrs v Girl facing the problem as urs
Ana Larson (11 месяцев назад)
She is the reason I always strive to let everyone I worked with know they can and they matter, they just needed to embrace the inability to find their greatest ability, Barbara here is a prime example of that. Why limit learning and moving forward because of one part of us that is different or complicated. Kudos and blessings to all who don't give up and may we all move forward.
Mutilator24 (11 месяцев назад)
She speaks so eloquently now, and yet she had no idea how grammar works when she was a child. This is truly a wonder!
Redblade (11 месяцев назад)
The speaker is so wrong, the brain is not who we are, the brain is an organ and which is part of the body. We exist as conscious beings outside of the body... Furthermore, having letters after her name means nothing; she has not proved anything to us by just talking and writing a book on what she claims to have done with her pseudo science (she comes across as a fraud).
W Callihan (1 год назад)
Thanks for being so brave. You are truly an inspiration
tuto y (1 год назад)
A well spoken woman. And narrated her store better than many of us.
paisleyyama (1 год назад)
I don’t believe her. How can someone who can’t understand basic concepts like an aunt or telling time, and the written word is mumble jumble to her, how can she not only get through a geometry class, but also graduate from college? If she accomplished these things AFTER fixing her brain, I would say that was magnificent, but to say she did that when her brain was in complete disarray makes me doubt her story. I believe she is just exaggerating to get clients to “teach” them “ her exercises “. It is a scam for profit.
ALEX MG (1 год назад)
How did she study psychology if her brain couldn't understands languages? It makes no sense.
Abubaker Siddiq (1 год назад)
It's really amazing ted talk for my experience watching ted talks. It's really help me a lot. Thank you so much.
Елена Хамнаева (1 год назад)
Amazing TED!!!! I am so impressed!!!!
Net World (1 год назад)
thank you mam for sharing your precious experience with us.
Curtis Weber (1 год назад)
This is exceptional game “nonu amazing only” (Google it) and really interesting. Whether this really enhances my brain is secondary. You`ll enjoy playing this game! This is an excellent application for you to develop your human brain even more I`m so addicted to this right now I suggest.
PhiloEE (1 год назад)
wish she could recieve the highest likes on youtube.
Noshaba Nasir (1 год назад)
i wonder what kind of people would hit dislike on this video
José Adélson de Sena (1 год назад)
Thrilling! I'm ecstatic. Hugs from Brazil.
tiredoffindingnick (1 год назад)
So much story telling involved in this speech. She could've told it all in 6 minutes.
David Jasse (1 год назад)
This is real and it works. I just interviewed a number of parents and students. If you or someone you know has learning disabilities, you must look into this.
Cassim Cassius Caytaab (1 год назад)
i just cannot believe how all this came about as a result of evolution.
Theja Nanayakkara (1 год назад)
👏🏾you are an inspiration
Chris Brown (1 год назад)
So what are the ways we can change our brains for the better?
Migotka XXX (1 год назад)
I love this person ..have read her book 😀
McRider Brown (1 год назад)
wondeful speech thank you so much! very well articulated !! thank you tdX!
Unknown Entity (1 год назад)
7:21 oh yeah i know where this is going she tries to shoot herself doesn't she
Rita Vogel Post (1 год назад)
Cognitive exercises should be a mandatory part of the curriculum particularly for individuals with a "learning disability."
Raul Rico (1 год назад)
Great experience !
Janie Holland (1 год назад)
Thank you for sharing this! I just wish you had shared more about the specific exercises that helped you overcome your obstacle/gift! I have a student who could be you and I have thought and thought about ways to help her learn without success. I know there is an answer - especially now! Thank you again!
Veganboobie Boobie (1 год назад)
do you think people with conplex ptsd can also change their brain with neuroplasticity?
Muneeba Ali (1 год назад)
Amazing and powerful. Loved it. Can u suggest some exercises for ADHD ??
Patrick (1 год назад)
so she was able to all of a sudden start reading and understanding all these books after she studied some clock exercise she invented? ok
andrew corroll (1 год назад)
Absolutely amazing and inspiring. !!
Pam Martin (1 год назад)
I am one of those people who was told as a child that I would be happier ones I excepted the limits of my brain and lack of ability to learn
Florence Lockyer (1 год назад)
totally terrific! thank you!!
Prince Anon (1 год назад)
Thanks for the talk. This is very encouraging.
Brenda Bee (1 год назад)
Such a brave lady! Lots of LOVE for her!! ❤
Nick Barbov (1 год назад)
Thank you Barbara for very inspiring speech!
Steph Campbell (1 год назад)
Shout out to occupational therapy - working with people like Barbara to help them reach their full potential in ways like this! :)
Hannah French (1 год назад)
I think my brain is the most awesome, fascinating, amazing organ in my body. Of course, it's my brain that's making me think that.
Andrew G (1 год назад)
Ha ha
Andrew G (1 год назад)
How to change your mind if you have c-ptsd though or sonething like that?
Brenda Bee (1 год назад)
Andrew G And also... look for EMDR therapy! Also very effective!
Brenda Bee (1 год назад)
Andrew G Goodluck Andrew and stay strong!!!
Andrew G (1 год назад)
+Brenda Bee ok i will look it up
Brenda Bee (1 год назад)
Andrew G Key word is heart coherence. Do some research for yourself. Educate yourself on the subject. Really helps with depression/anxiety/stress etc. Its a proven method. Only not advised by regular doctors ofcourse ;).
Fred Z (1 год назад)
Fantastic story! Inspiring!
Tevin Ashley (1 год назад)
offer smoking week at the age of 16 I'm not the same again bec I now have a problem I can't heal . now and then I feel like I just smoke the week and I of to sleep and stay in bed when the feeling come back on me I'm now 22 wish my life could change
Charles Wust (1 год назад)
Very moving!
graham hepworth (1 год назад)
very nice and inspiring but all knowledge about neuroscience --any science is merely a representation of reality that is grounded without any exception in existential subjectivity -- correct me if I am wrong, but why don't we just cut out the scientific middle men?
WestSidePoncho JJ (1 год назад)
KUDOS TO Barbara Arrowsmith-Young !! I have sworn a vow to be a Student of life - To NEVER accept "well you got this problem and have to learn to live with it." I bought a book years and years ago written for Neurologists titled "How the Brain Works" what captured me was environmental aspects; alcohol abuse; violence... I HAD SUFFERED ENOUGH! People!, Neuro-Plasticity is for Real! YOU are now your own limiting factor so get out of your way and get on to Healing and creating the brain (life, and circumstances) that you want! Thanks Barbara!
Abrin78 (1 год назад)
FANTASTIC!!!!! I suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in my teens. I couldn't do anything, tell a buss schedule, operate a laundry machine and so on. And my doctors just like she said tried to prepare me for a life going around and avoiding my difficulties. And after 7 or 8 years I got fed up with my situation and started progress towards my problems. It took a while and since then 20 years later I have drastically change my life in a way regular treatment would have me living in a special home. Important and well spoken talk. thank you Barbara.
Linda Cap (1 год назад)
Our education system can't even stop violence in school that leads to anxiety and depression and learning difficulties. I worked in the Behavior Modification field for 26 years so I know that the school has to set goals and bullying will stop.
Linda Cap (1 год назад)
Have you tried Clonazapam and serquil ? OR 4 Magnessium Citrate will relax to sleep.
Andrew G (1 год назад)
+BRUCE LEE sleep is difficult, meds made it worse, barely drink alcohol never done meth or drugs like that.  
Linda Cap (1 год назад)
+Andrew G   It's the same brain .....you only have one brain right ? You can rewire the brain I was able to do that and medications may be needed at times to clam you so talk to your doctor. DO YOU GET 8-9 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT ? Do you drink alcohol or do Meth all these things can throw off the brain.
Andrew G (1 год назад)
I have c-ptsd from other long term trauma too though!
Linda Cap (1 год назад)
+Andrew G  In 1968 I went to a new school in a __TOUGH__ mining town and I was a shy kid that lacked confidence.The bullies would fight each other over who got to beat me up that day.I could not sleep and I had fearful anxious thoughts all night with no one wanting to safe me.It did not interest the school or my parents to protect me so I felt worthless. After 2 years of terror something happened ....I changed my thoughts.....my thoughts were all I could control and I decided that I was tired of being afraid.I soon became one of the meanest,vicious fighters in the town.I would knock them out fast so they called me one punch. One of the most powerful things I can give you to fight back fearful thoughts is called " SELF TALK " it changes the brain and it changes the confidence slowly to move away from the past.I tell myself that my torture made me tougher and I'm grateful to my mining school were 5 of those classmates went to prison. So what you do for self talk is talk to yourself gently when you hear yourself being mean to yourself you say I'm good to myself and I talk to myself with respect.WE NEVER CALL OURSELVES NAMES.........EVER....OK ??? You are not stuid you just made a mistake so I ask myself what can I learn from this ? We never beat ourself up and be a BULLY. If I'm anxious and nervious or having negative self talk I defend myself with the truth. I'm going fishing with the guys and I have never been fly fishing .....I'm going to look foolish+.........NO !! I defend myself like talking gently to a child ...(((THAT LITTLE CHILD IS YOUR BRAIN ))  At first it will be strange fly fishing but they have you tube videos and books and if I practice I will get used to it. Your inner thoughts and voice program the brain and then your emotions come next when you get upset. THIS CHANGED MY SELF ESTEEM OVER THE YEARS ......Remember our past is not our future.
Acarson Dave (1 год назад)
I love this show, it so awesome
Bob Owen (1 год назад)
Come on! Brains are overrated. Mine quit on me in 2003. I tried unplugging it then back in, and nothing. They're as bad as hearts.
Becky Messer (1 год назад)
Tom Loves you (1 год назад)
Why the X?
hasty king (1 год назад)
suni choudhury independently organised event.
Clay Mccormick (1 год назад)
thankyou i have done much the same if less well. the absolute commitment to prove to others that i could do the things others do, was the only thing that kept me going, to many of my friends classed as disabled did not make it. just telling your story will means much to a lot of kids who will no longer be alone and without hope, that things can get better. so once again thankyou wish i had met you 30 years ago. please continue with this good work and let me know of any way i can help.
Imelda Pear (1 год назад)
This is so exciting, the idea we can change our brains so we can understand things we could not understand before!.  i wonder if this would work with aging brains, too.
RoZa ZaRa (1 год назад)
should made a movie from your experinces. so motivating n inspiring.
BigMaxGamer (1 год назад)
The problems she had were more worse than my current problems yet she lives happier than me. I wanna change my brain too and now I just need to take the right bath. Thanks for this wonderful presentation.
Smile6956 (1 год назад)
Heavy metal toxicity especially Mercury has cause my brain degeneration.
10000 Hours (1 год назад)
I'm on my journey to fix my brain and this is truly inspiring. Can't wait to apply this knowledge!
Hassan Saraierh (1 год назад)
very interesting talk though, learning should be practical and fun otherwise it is a waist of time and efforts
itisitsits (1 год назад)
This is a great talk. Thank you!
Karina Alatyreva (1 год назад)
An amazing story. I am just impressed with that woman. Such stories make me think that I have no troubles at all and I should never complain about my own life. But I didn't catch the one thing. Could anybody explain me what does it mean: two-handed clocks? And what hands did she added? Please, I would really appreciated it...
John Gray (1 год назад)
+ Karina Alatyreva - IMHO I take it at face value. She couldn't understand analog clocks and how the hour hand and minute had related to each other. The 3rd hand would be the second hand. As for the fourth, I dunno, but she could've just created / added one of an unconventional nature as to take the exercise to another level of complexity? That's my guess anyway... :-)
Caramelle Montserrat (1 год назад)
I hear click click click
Ujjal Purkayastha (2 года назад)
absolutely awesome
Wild Swan (2 года назад)
Brilliant discussion of brain work from a personal perspective! I am looking forward to reading her book to see if it can help some of our students
Carrina Murphy (2 года назад)
you're not getting replies because she is indeed sharing solutions. do you think she's thing to tailor exercises to each person commenting here lol cmon
oliver harmon (2 года назад)
bravo, you have helped me and i know others, im inspired, thank you
Mrhotcoco (2 года назад)
How can this not have millions of views? This inspires so bad
teamcougars (1 год назад)
Mrhotcoco I agree I came here looking for suggestions to help me recover from a stroke.
Huang Aisha (2 года назад)
i had very hard time understanding philosophy too
Huang Aisha (2 года назад)
I had been thru what she had been. i simply couldn't understand abstract ideas and concepts.....that was a hard situation....so hard and it lasted for many many years
Noxic (1 год назад)
Booost yоur brain роwеееr in 14 daуs? https://twitter.com/4be97c51f0aa4fd33/status/822776974745550848 Тhе Wоmааааn Whо Chаnged Her Brаin Bаrbаrа АААrrоwsmith Yоung аt TЕDхТТоrоntо
Huang Aisha (1 год назад)
I am talking about a mandarin native speaker who knows nothing about the west, western history and western philosophy.
Huang Aisha (1 год назад)
And being a mandarin speaker, i had difficulties reading everything in English. All of the ideas are from the west. For me, it was out of the blue.
Huang Aisha (1 год назад)
I have got my PhD. It had been hard to understand what is going on at the time for a long time having no clues about philosophers' ideas.
playaa playa (1 год назад)
not sure that makes any sense but ok
oliver j higgins (2 года назад)
I do not find it anyway strange. Your brain at any age you can change. In the beginning it will make you very tired and a lot you will sleep. New ways of living and learning slowly into you will creep. Listening to you I did really enjoy.
franshon ewing (2 года назад)
I love this !
Nazir Khamis (2 года назад)
wonderful Barbara.
Juron Lobo (2 года назад)
I have so much respect for this woman.
jody schuller (2 года назад)
It would be nice for her to show the tools she designed to overcome it.
Wild Hope Homeschool (1 год назад)
"She isolated herself and began toiling to the point of exhaustion, week after week -- with only brief breaks for sleep -- at mental exercises she had designed, with no guarantee they would lead anywhere. Instead of working around the problem, she exercised her most weakened function -- relating symbols -- progressively. One exercise involved reading hundreds of cards with clock faces showing different times on the front. She had Joshua Cohen write the correct time on the back. The cards were shuffled so she couldn't memorize the answers. She turned up a card, attempted to determine the time, checked the answer, then moved on to the next card, as fast as she could. She started with two-handed clocks, making numerous mistakes. When she couldn't get the time right, she'd spend hours with a mechanical clock, turning it slowly, to try and understand why, at 2:45, the hour hand was three-quarters of the way towards the three. At some point, she started to get the answers right, so she began adding hands for seconds and sixtieths of a second. At the end of many exhausting weeks, not only could she read clocks faster than normal people, but she noticed improvements with her other difficulties relating symbols. She began for the first time to grasp grammar, math, and logic, and most importantly, what people were saying as they said it. She left lag time behind. "
Martian Alien (1 год назад)
The answer of what she used is in the book "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge (Neuroplasticity)
ZENISKEN (2 года назад)
I agree.. It was a bit disappointing that she didn't provide a single example of a cognitive exercise that she used to overcome her mental blockages. That's the information I most wanted to hear.
Living Able (2 года назад)
Having a channel about overcoming "disability" I can completely relate to dealing with people that "just deal with it" and give up. It's so sad. I hope to be able to have a positive influence in their life. This video was very encouraging to me.
mindvolution (2 года назад)
A True Visionary! Absolutely amazing talk! RESPECT!
Michael Breslin (2 года назад)
The description of the exercises would help more than hearing that they worked.
lynn clark (2 года назад)
Thank you  Barbara you  rock
Neelansh Guptaa (2 года назад)
I'm just midway into this talk and it's already become my favourite TED talk.
Mrhotcoco (2 года назад)

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