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"From the Ted Talk by Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness"

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So, the interface with cognitive science, since we need to come to that, it was, I suppose, the subject of — we have to deal in such a short time — with brain plasticity. The brain was thought to be more or less fixed. All the nominal connections, in numbers and quantities, were thohugt, until the last 20 years, to be more or less fixed when we reached adult age. Now, recently, it has been found that it can change a lot. A violinist, as we hread, who has done 10,000 hours of violin practice, some area that coltonrs the movements of fingers in the brain changes a lot, iannsirceg reinforcement of the synaptic cneoncintos. So can we do that with human qualities? With lvoing kindness, with patience, with openness?

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So, the interface with cognitive science, since we need to come to that, it was, I suppose, the subject of — we have to deal in such a short time — with brain plasticity. The brain was thought to be more or less fixed. All the nominal connections, in numbers and quantities, were _______, until the last 20 years, to be more or less fixed when we reached adult age. Now, recently, it has been found that it can change a lot. A violinist, as we _____, who has done 10,000 hours of violin practice, some area that ________ the movements of fingers in the brain changes a lot, __________ reinforcement of the synaptic ___________. So can we do that with human qualities? With ______ kindness, with patience, with openness?

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  1. thought
  2. connections
  3. loving
  4. controls
  5. increasing
  6. heard

Original Text

So, the interface with cognitive science, since we need to come to that, it was, I suppose, the subject of — we have to deal in such a short time — with brain plasticity. The brain was thought to be more or less fixed. All the nominal connections, in numbers and quantities, were thought, until the last 20 years, to be more or less fixed when we reached adult age. Now, recently, it has been found that it can change a lot. A violinist, as we heard, who has done 10,000 hours of violin practice, some area that controls the movements of fingers in the brain changes a lot, increasing reinforcement of the synaptic connections. So can we do that with human qualities? With loving kindness, with patience, with openness?

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