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The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind - Barbara Strauch
The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
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A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle age For many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression. But new research from... show more
A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle age For many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression. But new research from neuroscien­tists and psychologists suggests that, in fact, the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions, and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age. Growth of white matter and brain connectors allow us to recognize patterns faster, make better judgments, and find unique solutions to problems. Scientists call these traits cognitive expertise and they reach their highest levels in middle age. In her impeccably researched book, science writer Barbara Strauch explores the latest findings that demonstrate, through the use of technology such as brain scans, that the middle-aged brain is more flexible and more capable than previously thought. For the first time, long-term studies show that our view of middle age has been misleading and incomplete. By detailing exactly the normal, healthy brain functions over time, Strauch also explains how its optimal processes can be maintained. Part scientific survey, part how-to guide, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain is a fascinating glimpse at our surprisingly talented middle-aged minds.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670020713 (0670020710)
ASIN: 0670020710
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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thomcat
thomcat rated it
A good overview; author tended to repeat some things (and it's not just *my* middle aged brain that noticed). Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. Will have to read her other book about the teenage brain sometime soon.
auntieannie
auntieannie rated it
4.0 The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
Encouraging -- had to fly through it, but got the gist. Education is important (staying physically and mentally active and eating well may help too). Thank God I got that masters!
Nola
Nola rated it
This book is good news overall and concurs with my experience with my brain. Barbara Strauch explores a wide variety of research being done on the mental abilities of older people, and talks about what seems to improve cognition, the physiological aspects, and aging itself. I think she could have do...
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