By the time you’ve reached my age, you’ve usually learned quite a few things. Like, for example riding a bike, or brushing your teeth.
But what happens when you take something that has become so automatic with practice, and then you try to do it in a completely different way?
Brushing your teeth with your weak hand, for example. Or riding a bike that reacts completely different to a normal bike.
In this hilarious video, Destin Sandlin, the creator of Smarter Every Day, shows that unlearning something that is deep-seated in your brain as an “algorithm” is really tough, that you cannot change your way of thinking instantly just because you consciously want to:
In his experiment, he is trying to ride the backwards brain bicycle, a modification that if you steer the handle bar to the left turns to the right and vice versa – so opposite to how a usual bike reacts.
Still, changing the patterns in your brain is possible with neuroplasticity. A really entertaining and interesting video to watch!
And raising quite some questions for oneself about how many patterns are fixed in our brains, influencing the way we do, see and classify things.
Image: Carl Nenzen Loven on Unsplash