How to motivate yourself to change your behavior | Tali Sharot | TEDxCambridge

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  • Published on Oct 28, 2014
  • What does make us change our actions? Tali Sharot reveals three ingredients to doing what's good for yourself.
    Dr. Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a faculty member of the department of Experimental Psychology, a Wellcome Trust Fellow, and currently a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation, and social factors influence our expectations, decisions, and memories.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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  • Anna-louise Faller

    My mom sent me this...

  • Naomi Shearson
    Naomi Shearson Day ago

    One of the best TedTalks. Excellent content and great advice. Thank you for this video.

  • Dream Time
    Dream Time Day ago

    She is young and she is a scientist, she has two strikes against wisdom. No experiments in controlled condition changes anyone... its a fact that everything science has created is bad for us 20 years later. Personal Collapse is the surest way for change for everyone. We cannot change anyone, not our kids, no our spouse, nor friends, we can only change the self and set an example of how its done for those we love. She is missing 70% of how change happens, which is dancing with chaos and letting go of control (which is not based on mental body logic, nor science reality) therefor she is just making a motion of knowledging. I give her credit for trying.

  • Sebastian White
    Sebastian White 2 days ago

    Not sure who does the camera work for these talks
    TEDTalks but they too often miss some of the important diagrams which are part of the talk.

    & it's not just the talk, but a number of others where I have noted camera person misses the support diagrams?

  • doozerace
    doozerace 2 days ago

    Very good information. Awesome neckline and midriff.

  • Let Go
    Let Go 2 days ago

    @4:10 👌

  • Keith Christopher Harcus

    Yes people must absolutely be recognised and rewarded for the progress they make so they feel valued and motivated to contribute to a cause they can believe is good. What I find really interesting is that many people seem to value more time off work more than a pay rise. People are looking for time to recover, relax and enjoy life more, and when people are given this opportunity they often perform better at work, this is why no work Wednesday can be a good idea. Thank you for this insightful video :)

  • Joel Ingram
    Joel Ingram 3 days ago

    Well done, some insightful information there

  • jesus mora
    jesus mora 4 days ago

    There are a few factors in focusing. One resource I discovered which successfully combines these is the Magic Focus Plan (google it if you're interested) without a doubt the no.1 plan that I have ever seen. look at the great information .

  • Daiane Da Silva IntraQuality

    Excellent

  • Russell Bradmore
    Russell Bradmore 6 days ago +1

    Wow. This really took me nowhere and gave me nothing. I’d really like my 16 minutes 49 seconds back, thanks.

  • Cianna Guillen
    Cianna Guillen 6 days ago

    Positive encouragement and support is most helpful.... I agree 💯😊💓

  • soslothful
    soslothful 7 days ago

    Why is it, in seemingly every TED Talk, there are cuts to the audience?
    I'd question how often posting progress charts motivates employees. At my workplace there is a message board with perhaps 12 to 15 charts, some are graphs others comparative numbers. I never bother with them. I'm far more motivated by seeing a coworker, and even more, a supervisor doing some part of a shared task.

  • 賴志偉
    賴志偉 7 days ago +1

    How to motivate yourself to change your behavior: start with your ostrich instinct. Instead of trying to talk around it like the lady here, cut right through it. It works for me. Now I cycle 50 kilometers a day, 5 days a week.

  • Lia Gabriela
    Lia Gabriela 7 days ago +1

    So,use positive "warnings" and rewards

  • Underwater Adventures

    So.. how would one motivate one's self if one had only one leg one arm one eye and one ear due to a horrific accident?
    Just what, does a stump have to look forward to?

    • Juno wise
      Juno wise 6 days ago

      Underwater Adventures ALOT actually! You can motivate yourself to tell your story to others to relate! Look up a bunch of disabled people who didn’t let their flaws get the way of living life besides it’s 2020 you can replace those lims with robotic ones or just prosthetic don’t limit yourself my guy!

  • Anita Schneiders
    Anita Schneiders 8 days ago

    The warnings on cigarettes totally worked for me :)

  • Jack Daniels
    Jack Daniels 8 days ago

    Rebirth

  • Minnu K
    Minnu K 9 days ago

    Thank you 😍

  • Emmitt Thompson
    Emmitt Thompson 9 days ago +2

    I feel like this misses a huge factor, which is shaming the medical staff by posting there cleanliness for all to see.

  • Rebekah Codlin Fine Art

    yeah but that is a really cool top, look at that neckline, I mean is it two tops or one or?

  • Linda Yost
    Linda Yost 10 days ago +1

    Positive reinforcement, not so new. Living in the present ancient.

  • SoldiersofSelfMastery
    SoldiersofSelfMastery 10 days ago

    How Do I get myself to do Certain tasks that may reward me? How can I get myself in front of more of the right people?

  • John Donaldson
    John Donaldson 10 days ago

    Her statement about graphic images not lowering smoking behavior is totally false!

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    Adi Yacobi 10 days ago

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  • Summer A
    Summer A 10 days ago +3

    Ok so in a nutshell, those 15 mins of bla bla comes down to positive reinforcements and instant gratification.

  • Will Mooney
    Will Mooney 11 days ago

    if u threaten people it will get them to act, warning very limited impact

    • Will Mooney
      Will Mooney 11 days ago

      lelth thla luu

    • Will Mooney
      Will Mooney 11 days ago

      my friend climbed up a mluntain to support quitting smoking

  • Will Mooney
    Will Mooney 11 days ago

    scare ourselves into changing ur behavior

  • Uyen Nguyen
    Uyen Nguyen 11 days ago

    New words: induce fear, resistant to sth, resilient, highlight the progress not the decline,

  • bruno premoli
    bruno premoli 13 days ago

    Behavior is personal , not what society wants ! As long as positive for each one! Not what u like to see... behavior is different in every person .. people need to change their behavior before they are allowed to impact someone .. we don’t like warning, we like what our spirit tells us , simple and rationalize your genes is bs ... genes 🧬 are changing daily

  • Paul Travis
    Paul Travis 13 days ago +3

    Outstanding presentation. We need all teachers in all schools to see this and adapt to use with their students.

  • Det3ctive Conan
    Det3ctive Conan 14 days ago

    Take a deep breath and smile. Listen to some music so you can dance and wash the dishes. It's like being at the gym and doing house chores all in one 😁

  • Det3ctive Conan
    Det3ctive Conan 15 days ago +17

    When something scares us, we tend to shutdown.
    When we are faced with fear we tend to shutdown in order to eliminate the negative feelings.
    Highlight the progress not the decline.
    Rewards positive behavior. Don't focus on negative behaviour.
    Fear induces inaction.

  • Gabriella Byron
    Gabriella Byron 15 days ago +2

    Right at the beginning of this talk: I suggest she changing how she pronounces her words. It is "ourselves" NOT "ourselfs"

    • stefica sladecek
      stefica sladecek 14 days ago

      My life is nothing but the stories and l live buy them. I did not have the toys but searching for them and call it observing. That was my tread all my life.

  • sandEffect
    sandEffect 16 days ago

    I'm trying to stop from liking your video

  • Raghad HAV
    Raghad HAV 16 days ago +7

    "Fear induces inactoin while the thril of a gain induces action" well said!

  • MOMS Mushrooms Jody Foster

    I bet she looks good in a swim suit

  • MOMS Mushrooms Jody Foster

    Motivation =prayer,coffee &music

  • Ayyappan Chandran
    Ayyappan Chandran 16 days ago +1

    Good one. Thank you !

  • The Only Pepperoni
    The Only Pepperoni 16 days ago

    Dear Tedx Talks, please edit these videos to remove the lip smacking sounds. So many possibly good talks get clicked away because it is irritating.

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  • Cataract James
    Cataract James 17 days ago

    Great speech. i love this.

  • Cataract James
    Cataract James 17 days ago

    Great speech. i love this.

  • Cataract James
    Cataract James 17 days ago

    Great speech. i love this.

  • Cataract James
    Cataract James 17 days ago

    Great speech. i love this.

  • The Buriers Faction
    The Buriers Faction 17 days ago +1

    A lot of comments here summarizing the content. That's useful, but for many of those who posted, they were trying to do that as if they're doing you a favor by saving your time. Would I really rather stick to the smug summarizing comment of yours than watch the actual well-researched and well-prepared presentation by a well-studied expert? Get outta here!

  • Byron Haskins
    Byron Haskins 17 days ago +3

    Key issue - self, not others. Change comes from within.

    • Wonder Gound
      Wonder Gound 17 days ago

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  • Andrew Bethel
    Andrew Bethel 17 days ago +2

    @9:29: OK, I'm taking hand sanitizer to the doctors office with me... For the doctor.

    • Wonder Gound
      Wonder Gound 17 days ago

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  • urmzogna
    urmzogna 18 days ago +1

    I use to say if you create a reward system for driving well people might tailgate less...

    • Wonder Gound
      Wonder Gound 17 days ago

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  • Aditya Agarwal
    Aditya Agarwal 18 days ago +3

    She is exact copy of Kathleen Robertson from "Boss" show.

    • Wonder Gound
      Wonder Gound 17 days ago

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  • Carin
    Carin 18 days ago

    Something that you said is not a fact first and foremost I have been working with animals my whole life animals do not freeze and run they do what is called fight or flight if you put the animal in a position your damn sure they will fight and they will bite you if you give them the opportunity to flight they may run not all dogs cats and other species of animals will run they will stay there and fight

  • Savior Sottile
    Savior Sottile 18 days ago

    You might motivate yourself, if you love your partner with all your heart.

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      BENARD DOSIER 17 days ago

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  • Connie Hoffman
    Connie Hoffman 19 days ago +1

    Professional, educated, humorous, and beautiful. Excellent job 💚

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  • Anabel Camacho
    Anabel Camacho 19 days ago

    Sensitive people suffer when they do something, that is not in harmony with their conscience.
    When you use substances that are not food , alcohol, tobacco, coffee... it separate us from spiritual awareness, dull, numb ones soul, that allows to engage in usury activities. Some people born dull enough to do harm with out remorse and do not seek substances to medicate conscience and those are most desirable citizens for big owners. You give money and job done , no need to deal with morality or awareness about harm or usury.

  • Anabel Camacho
    Anabel Camacho 19 days ago

    What does make us change our actions? Realization what life is: feelings and needs and what would make life more wonderful?

  • Sharlot E.
    Sharlot E. 19 days ago

    The speech is interesting but difficult to hold my attention. Thank you Tali Sharot for sharing your scientific discoveries.

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  • Max Hill
    Max Hill 20 days ago

    great talk, thanks :-)

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  • Dixie For-Mindfulness
    Dixie For-Mindfulness 20 days ago

    Very true. Thank you for creating awareness.

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  • Core Puncher
    Core Puncher 20 days ago

    Hello, Alice from The Magicians.

  • Gunça Illiyeva
    Gunça Illiyeva 20 days ago

    I like it 😍

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