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Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain

Richard Davidson | 1:05:23



Uh, good afternoon, my friends. My name is Ming and I'm the Jo Legal Fellow of Google. I'm so delighted today to welcome my friend, an amazing human being, Dr. Richie Davidson. There's so much I can say about Richie and I don't, I'm not even sure where to begin, so I'll just give you the big picture.

Um, Richie is the William James and Villas research professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of, uh, Wisconsin Medicine. Rich's work is so important that. It is changing the world and will continue to change the world in very important ways. Early in his career, Richie did pioneering work, which found that certain parts of the brain were specially linked to positive and negative emotions.

And he went on to become a pioneer in the field of effective neuroscience, which is a study of neuromechanisms, of emotion and as if pioneering one field of science is not enough. He also did pioneering work in something called neuroplasticity, which is the idea that the brain is mallable, that we can transform our brains with what we think and what we do.

And with rigorous neuroscience, Richie and his team has shown that we can all extend our range of mentor and emotional capabilities, including including trading our training, our minds to be happy. And over the years, Richie has won many awards. Including the most prestigious award given by the American Psychological Association, which is the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award.

He was also named one of Time Magazines, 100 most influential People in the World in 2006. And he wasn't named 2005 and 2007, I think it was Slacking Off in, yeah, sorry. Just kidding. Uh, and I look forward to Richie winning a Nobel Prize or two and in person, Richie is just a wonderful man and I'm in awe of him and my friends.

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