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

  • 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

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  • AL Can
    AL Can Day ago

    I log into the market when it's low. Buy buy buy

  • DM H
    DM H Day ago

    Medical board could be considered public shaming vs praise.

  • Karlie Karlie
    Karlie Karlie 2 days ago

    Eat healthy, excerise and keep you're brain active.

  • Karlie Karlie
    Karlie Karlie 2 days ago

    It's strange because it can take a dramatic event to turn some people's lives around.

  • Raimonds Ty zmrde
    Raimonds Ty zmrde 3 days ago

    It is very rare that a video concerning harmful behavior/ procrastination offers anything more than just observation of the problem and possible, theoretical solutions. Nothing mind boggling, just down to earth steps with actual science behind it.

  • Jose EditsTheWorld
    Jose EditsTheWorld 3 days ago +1

    All employers should have to watch this

  • Alan Chi Mena
    Alan Chi Mena 4 days ago

    Vine por estilo de vida saludable :(

  • Kathleen Bourne
    Kathleen Bourne 5 days ago

    Timely advice for right now! Stay home and see the progress of a flattening curve!

  • Sherlock K
    Sherlock K 5 days ago

    This video is Changed my life !

  • Matt Graves
    Matt Graves 7 days ago

    I'm the 100,000th Like!
    Do I win something, now?

  • Rainer Burmeister
    Rainer Burmeister 8 days ago

    Social Incentives.
    Immediate Rewards.
    Progress Monitoring.
    Could this also work with quitting smoking?

      DICKFARTZZ 5 days ago

      Rainer Burmeister I don鈥檛 see why not.

  • PinUpEarrings dot com Handmade

    the true go spell of Christ ~
    but first the false one of the world and your enemy that wants to keep you stuck in conditional low vibration love. You may have heard it said to confess with your mouth you are a sinner and you will get the free gift of "salvation" ~ but lets be clear ... Jesus never said the gift he had for you was free and he did not call it salvation ... he called it your soul and he said it would cost you everything you OWN ... let us get clear about what you own ~ your conscious awareness of who you are and what you focus it on.
    the true GO SPELL of the Christ is: confess with your mouth you are a SAINT and you will get the gift of your SOUL ~ at the cost to you of everything you OWN ...this misinderstood idea to "follow him" ... ie: he means you should follow his lead if you want to get anywhere.near real love.~ he is just saying ~ do what I am doing, Use these words to think about who you are and throw that other out. Repenting from your sin never was a "physical" idea ~ you have to change your MIND about who you are ~ you have to reprogram the sinner concept OUT of the system by replacing it with I am A Saint. His lead will take you away from the ideas the enemy has put into your head ~ the programming ~ his instruction is simple ~ use the correct words and ideas to program yourself ~ the cost is nothing more than your old programming ~ walk through the door and close it behind you ~ leaving the door open and saying I am a saint now but i used to be a sinner gives validity to the lie and therefore the liar and you will therefore remain a member of the kingdom of unconditional love. because you give him power with your belief... no part of you ever was this sinner business but you MUST claim your birthright which is sainthood ~ there is no such thing as sin and NEVER was. This offer is a fake it til you make it offer that requires only 2 things from you ~ you have to have a hairs breath of faith that Jesus made the way straight for you to walk into this sainthood by being THE someone who could model it for you ~ and second ~ you have to do it ~ open your mouth and say it and believe

  • Kyt Mackalyster
    Kyt Mackalyster 8 days ago +1

    Let's get store perfect

  • Willie Fixxx
    Willie Fixxx 8 days ago

    So much BS in this video

  • Kasey Ainsworth
    Kasey Ainsworth 9 days ago

    Wish Trump watched this when he was originally briefed on COVID-19

  • samnaz
    samnaz 9 days ago

    Wow, this explains the moronic spring breakers who continue partying at bars and beaches during a global pandemic cause nbd to them, while the rest of the world takes proper precautions to avoid catastrophic disaster and death....

  • MrNathaniel500
    MrNathaniel500 9 days ago +4

    Errrrrr I can鈥檛 even motivate myself to watch this.... idk why why.....

  • q zorn
    q zorn 9 days ago

    nice threads...helps to keep people awake. :) for the message

  • xo Positively Hazel
    xo Positively Hazel 10 days ago

    Oh human condition and its complexities... Positive reinforcement is key. 鉂わ笍馃槂

  • Anoop Karamal
    Anoop Karamal 10 days ago +3

    When 9/10 people are paying taxes and you don't have money you get depressed.
    When you reach a certain point and you know you can't go down that green electricity bill you get depressed.
    Your technique sometimes leads to depression.

  • Nataly
    Nataly 11 days ago

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  • Generic Girl
    Generic Girl 11 days ago +1

    The speaker is full of Anavar (anabolic steroid) , never trust such a person.

  • RR Youtube
    RR Youtube 11 days ago +5

    12:04 - "maybe you'll be altogether dead..."
    2020:Coronavirus- "whomst has awakened the ancient one?!"

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    clarisse porto 11 days ago


  • Fabs Rvs
    Fabs Rvs 11 days ago

    I've just realized that is the Arturo Carmona's face on the photo of the 7:33 馃槀

  • Giovanny Castillo
    Giovanny Castillo 12 days ago

    Thank you.

  • Van Vessem Music
    Van Vessem Music 13 days ago

    Awesome content. Thank you Tali.

  • Nadia Ham
    Nadia Ham 13 days ago

    I've been following her for a few months and I think she's amazing, I love her colorful artwork and I've even buy her book, she has a lot of incredible examples and techniques to try, she's a big inspiration for a lot of artists, including myself!

  • cloudofthought
    cloudofthought 14 days ago +61

    *I'll save you 16 minutes of your life:*
    Emphasize measurable positive steps toward the goal, rather than focusing on the negatives that will result if you fail to do so.

    • Mr G Green
      Mr G Green 2 hours ago

      Thank you ! ! ! Can you please do This for all the TED talks... I know there is no way but thank you

    • Neha Shrimali
      Neha Shrimali 11 days ago +1

      Thank youuu

    • Dagelijkse Dosis Internet
      Dagelijkse Dosis Internet 14 days ago +14

      This comment could have been more positive

  • Don Diego
    Don Diego 14 days ago

    She had me until the end. The example of the utility comparison with neighbors is a particular source of anger for me. I regard it as 'shaming.' In my case, it shows me doing worse than neighbors, supposedly as an inducement to get me to perform better. It has the opposite affect. My family has health problems that require more energy use. I have, in fact, the first solar power system in my city--and a large house. Unsubstantiated comparisons between dissimilar situations (families at work and school all day versus families at home all the time) is hardly an inducement to improve. Perhaps, according to Ms. Sharot, this means they should only share this information if the target is performing better than average.

  • I not dunno
    I not dunno 14 days ago +1

    My *son NEEDS to do TEDx TALKS!* He is a lot more knowledgeable and *INTERESTING*
    Let HIM tell *YOU ALL about the CLOSING OF NYC* -F-E-A-R- mongers & "laughter"?

  • Dana Shamama
    Dana Shamama 14 days ago


  • Sachin Sharma
    Sachin Sharma 15 days ago


  • Lilly Cat
    Lilly Cat 15 days ago +1

    Watching this in 2020 鈾

  • Bkuldeep Hjnk
    Bkuldeep Hjnk 15 days ago


  • Brandon Maxfield
    Brandon Maxfield 16 days ago +1

    Her beauty motivates me lol

  • Josh A U FU
    Josh A U FU 16 days ago

    Love @lily

  • Lia Hatzakis
    Lia Hatzakis 16 days ago

    This was so great. Wish I鈥檇 watched it years ago

    DJ GREG 16 days ago

    Skirt too tight.

  • Otama Mama
    Otama Mama 17 days ago


  • label1877
    label1877 17 days ago

    I could not help but wonder if she was from New Jersey or New York? LOL

  • Andrew last
    Andrew last 17 days ago +1

    I can't stop staring at her but I'm trying really hard...

    DANG JOS 17 days ago +7

    So basically, we're like dogs.

  • Pro Line Paint
    Pro Line Paint 17 days ago

    I scrolled through the comments. No one said it.
    I鈥檒l be the b hole. Every time she starts, she makes a smacking noise. That noise drives me absolutely banana sandwiches so I head nothing she said and checked out at 5 min

  • Charles Hopkins
    Charles Hopkins 17 days ago

    TED talks has been invaded by women spouting nothing but b*******. not only that who was a f****** female to tell anyone about self-discipline or motivation to change? They can't even say no to a goddamned donut. You want them to be president question mark you want them to lead? Good luck. Any man who thinks that's better needs a testosterone shot and a dose of scripture

  • le jo casH
    le jo casH 18 days ago

    NY 1 NEWS

  • le jo casH
    le jo casH 18 days ago

    NY 1 NEWS

  • Mahmood Booley
    Mahmood Booley 18 days ago +3

    I can鈥檛 even motivate myself to watch this even though it might change my life 馃槄

  • Shawn Irene
    Shawn Irene 18 days ago

    First, I have adhd.
    Second, you are painfully boring, and aren't really getting to the point. I WANT to learn, because I love it.
    But, you're about as exciting as standing in a corner for 15 minutes.

  • amin lefi
    amin lefi 18 days ago +66

    The hand washing example is scary in 2020

    • Revox2k
      Revox2k Day ago

      @Jose EditsTheWorld i guess you didn't get the point of the ted talk afterall.

    • Jose EditsTheWorld
      Jose EditsTheWorld 3 days ago

      Hopefully it scared you to wash your hands often and appropriately

    • batteryz
      batteryz 11 days ago


  • rshaddock
    rshaddock 18 days ago

    She obviously motivates herself to keep an attractive figure.

    • player2030
      player2030 17 days ago

      I think she is naturally pretty without trying

  • Self-Rewarding Qbits Under Human Control

    Am I the only one who sees a remarkable resemblance between Tali Sharot and Margot Robbie aka Harley Quinn ? It is a compliment but think of the implication: she wants to raise our dopamine levels by doing things the governments wants scare us. Just Joking !

  • Patricia de Pastors
    Patricia de Pastors 19 days ago

    Great talk! Gonna use incentives more as a teacher. Thanks child of Julie Bowen and Mel Robbins馃槉

  • Er Noa
    Er Noa 19 days ago

    Being always positive doesn't work either. You have to give yourself the reward when you deserve it if you don't get it naturally. When you do something bad, don't judge just observe.

  • Glitter
    Glitter 19 days ago +1


  • Ingegerd Therese Sorrell

    Spot on. Thank you!鉂わ笍

  • EduGr8
    EduGr8 19 days ago

    So that explains why I don't want to do my taxes, since the tax person threatened me with a debt collection... Could someone send this video to Revenue Canada, please?

  • Commercial Drainage Services Essex Ltd

    Smart as well a beautiful

  • Suzanne Demos
    Suzanne Demos 20 days ago


  • Sharlene Cassius
    Sharlene Cassius 20 days ago

    Ms. (Mrs) Sharot, you just inspired an idea that I think has could really really work. Teacher in the house ;-) Thank you.

  • Mohamed Rafrafi
    Mohamed Rafrafi 20 days ago

    Motivation come when suicide is the only solution left.change or die

  • Dhara Hernandez
    Dhara Hernandez 20 days ago


  • Christopher Masterson
    Christopher Masterson 21 day ago +16

    Every time (every time) I've paid someone in advance to do a job for me they do poor quality work, or just fail to do the work.

    • Flyboard India
      Flyboard India 17 days ago

      100 percent every single time

    • Car Lea
      Car Lea 18 days ago

      Christopher Masterson Right. There's an African proverb on this phenomenon. One of the worst pieces of advice I ever received in my life was from this rich lady: pay the doctor or dentist Cash.

  • TotorBoat
    TotorBoat 21 day ago

    Love it. Such a great presentation and presenter.

  • Peter Viteritti
    Peter Viteritti 21 day ago

    Awesome information, great job!

  • D.B.
    D.B. 21 day ago +2

    Whilst she has some valid points, a lot of this isn鈥檛 true...
    It鈥檚 been studied quite a bit that the fear of loss is a far greater motivation to action than the promise of gaining something. E.g. people worry more about losing their money than making it.

  • True red white and blue

    SURE... let's Give MORE trophies for DOING NOTHING!!! Get MORE self entitled brats ... who believe they know everything!

  • David K
    David K 21 day ago

    Can someone please tell the minute mark where she finally starts to talk about the subject in the title?

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  • Reemaz Star
    Reemaz Star 22 days ago

    I do not think that I understand the second principle

  • MelinArtista Buddha
    MelinArtista Buddha 22 days ago

    An amazing talk thanks for the input!

  • John Anthony Ferguson
    John Anthony Ferguson 22 days ago

    thank you 馃榿

  • Andy Hobbs
    Andy Hobbs 22 days ago

    I want to stop caffeine so I use a diary and give myself 3 hot drinks at work each week, Monday wed and Friday, I use numbers to track my progress on diary, at end week count hot drinks compared with planned, reward nice cappuccino on sat for score lower than 5, higher than 5 only tea 馃嵉, seems to work but making excuses is a temptation.

  • Javier Bonilla
    Javier Bonilla 22 days ago

    The stock market graph is quite bad. I鈥檓 N Economist.

  • Question
    Question 22 days ago +8

    3:31 the graph showing logins and market movement shows a pretty low correlation? I'm guessing that the validity would not be significant!

    • Sasha Dear
      Sasha Dear 20 days ago +1

      Question when the stock was high the logins were high when the stock was low the logins were low. It鈥檚 actually a big difference people were above the green line throughout the graph only when it was low did logins ever go below the green line

  • For Love
    For Love 23 days ago

    I want marry 馃げ馃げ馃げ

  • flamenco arts and music

    This talk is so timely and very helpful for me. I wrote a book following a challenge to write and publish a book in 90 days. I paid handsomely for the challenge and regretted it later because post 90 days, the reality is bleak - the book is not completed, it still has to go through edits and revision. Why did I do that? Why did I fall into that trap, even though I knew for sure the odds were against me? I knew nothing about writing a book and its process, yet I went for it! I found the answer in this sentence, "fear induces INACTION (not always), while the thrill of the game induces ACTION (for sure)." Yes, it's the thrill of the game that drove me to enter the challenge; the thrill of the unknown and the possibility of success. I'm not the only one; a group of writers also fell for this challenge. Lessons learned: humans are easily manipulated and seduced by rewards! Thank you Dr. Sharot for revealing this secret of persuasion that is heavily embedded in advertisements and marketing. I am still working on my book at my own pace, and I will publish it at my own sweet time. :-)

  • Sanket Sonawane
    Sanket Sonawane 23 days ago +20

    The talk really expresses the impact of positive things rather than a threat. Thank you for such a nice talk.

    • D.B.
      D.B. 21 day ago

      Sanket Sonawane
      And yet the fear of lose is far greater than the attraction of gain. Go figure.

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    You're great 馃槑

  • ntam chia
    ntam chia 23 days ago

    I wish I started watching this Chanel b4 now