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Make your Brain Smarter

Increase your Brain's Creativity, Energy, and Focus
Chapman, Sandra Bond (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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One of the world's most innovative and respected cognitive neuroscientists combines the latest scientific discoveries with unique tests and exercises to improve readers' brainpower for life.
Authors: Chapman, Sandra Bond
Title: Make your brain smarter
increase your brain's creativity, energy, and focus
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, 2013
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: xv, 285 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Contents: Discover the frontal lobe frontier
Maximize your cognitive performance
Make your brain smarter at any age
Mind the gap in injury and disease
Fulfill the promise
Summary: One of the world's most innovative and respected cognitive neuroscientists combines the latest scientific discoveries with unique tests and exercises to improve readers' brainpower for life.
Additional Contributors: Kirkland, Shelly.
ISBN: 1451665474
9781451665475
Statement of Responsibility: Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Neurosciences Brain Cognition Thought and thinking
Topical Term: Neurosciences
Brain
Cognition
Thought and thinking
LCCN: 2012024798
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Feb 25, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette Feb 2013

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Feb 25, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

We all know the phrase “use it or lose it”. Most times, relates to physical conditioning or skills, but rarely does one think of it in terms of mental conditioning. However, working out the little grey cells of the brain is just as important for overall health – perhaps even more so. Atrophying muscles is one thing, but atrophying the brain that moves them is arguably worse. As the popularity of websites like Lumosity shows, people are becoming more and more concerned with keeping their brains active and engaged in order to increase creativity, focus, to assist with attention deficit disorders and to stave off age-related neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, a renowned neurologist, now gives us another tool for brain fitness, in her book Make Your Brain Smarter. Slightly insulting title aside, this is a very readable, non-medical-jargoned self-help book about the brain and its functions. Specifically, it is about the executive functions of the frontal lobe, and how these functions and our neuroplasticity can be improved at any age (and not just with crosswords and Sudoku, either). Indeed, the good doctor provides chapters and exercises geared specifically for different age ranges (although they are all fascinating) and for “rewiring” the brain after injury or neurological incidents like a stroke. Each chapter is dotted with tips and factoids, with sections on strategy, reasoning, creativity and exercises to strengthen each; and while it may be tempting to go straight to the section in which you want to improve, the first part of the book involves giving yourself the “neck-up-check-up” first, just to see where your strengths already are (you may be surprised at the outcome). In case you are worried that the doc is all bunk, check out the full list of research notes in the back, and the websites both for the book and the Centre for BrainHealth, where Dr. Bond Chapman is currently the director. This is a fascinating read, by an enthusiastic and optimistic doctor bent on getting everyone to optimizing their brain power.

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