Our Interview with Dr. Lara Boyd

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Dr. Lara Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Investigator, a Peter Wall Scholar, and a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia. She is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist and directs the Brain Behavior Lab at the University of British Columbia. Her work is centered on answering the question of what limits, and what facilitates, neuroplasticity. Dr. Boyd is also the Health Research Advisor to the Vice President for Research at UBC and the University’s delegate to the Canadians Institutes for Health Research. She is an expert in neuroimaging and neurophysiology and uses a variety of cutting-edge technology in her research.

In this interview, Dr. Lara Boyd discusses the process of mapping behaviors, environments, and experiences that can affect brain health. She also speaks about using techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation. In addition, Dr. Boyd talks about her newest focus of understanding of the importance of the arts for brain health.

Lara Boyd’s TEDx talk “After this your brain will not be the same” has over 25 million views. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHBMFCzznE

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