The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 16, 2006 - Science - 352 pages
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The Wisdom Paradox explores the aging of the mind from a unique, positive perspective. In an era of increasing fears about mental deterioration, world-renowned neuropsychologist Elkhonon Goldberg provides startling new evidence that though the brain diminishes in some tasks as it ages, it gains in many ways. Most notably, it increases in what he terms “wisdom”: the ability to draw upon knowledge and experience gained over a lifetime to make quick and effective decisions. Goldberg delves into the machinery of the mind, separating memory into two distinct types: singular (knowledge of a particular incident or fact) and generic (recognition of broader patterns). As the brain ages, the ability to use singular memory declines, but generic memory is unaffected—and its importance grows. As an individual accumulates generic memory, the brain can increasingly rely upon these stored patterns to solve problems effortlessly and instantaneously. Goldberg investigates the neurobiology of wisdom, and draws on historical examples of artists and leaders whose greatest achievements were realized late in life.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

My mother recommended this, and she normally doesn't read science books. I guess she's exercising the right side of her brain, keeping her ability to learn new material and patterns strong. I really ... Read full review

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"How" becomes the title word to parse. If you are looking for a scientific look at brain function, a physiology lesson, and an evaluation if the scientific community, to a degree, this is the book for ... Read full review


Ruminations of a Baby Boomer Neuroscientist
The Mind the Brain and the Body
Book Overview
Its the Brain Stupid
Explaining Wisdom
A Morning in the Life of Your Brain
Just Watching TV
What Happens to the Brain Happens to the Mind
Cinderella and the Brain
The Frontal Lobes and the Aging Mind
The Riddle of Duality
The Roots of Misconception
The Novel and the Familiar
All Patterns to the Left Please
Kinds of Patterns
A Lifelong Shift

Developing Brain
Mature Brain
Aging Brain
Ageless Brain
LateBlooming Achievers
Art and Dementia
Leadership and Dementia
Heroes and Villains
Wisdom and Genius
Talent and Expertise
Wisdom and ProblemSolving
Kinds of Wisdom
The Wisdom of Culture
Russian Mavericks
An OpenMinded Brain
Memory Gauntlet
Not So Fast
Amnesia Insights
Generic Memories and Patterns
Memories Lost Found and Spared
Generic Memories Dont Fade
Brain Attractions
The Virtues of Mental Economy
Bundles of Habits
Knowledge Descriptive and Knowledge Prescriptive
Inside the Frontal Lobes
The Yin and Yang in the Brain
Convergence of the Themes
Driven to Discovery
Cartographers of the Brain
The Steely Left Flank
New Evidence for New Neurons
The Bilingual Brainand the Musicians Mind
The Aging Hemispheres and Dementia
Athletics Art and Einsteins Violin
Aging and Cognitive Fitness
Diverse Like New York City
2 Seasons of the Brain
4 Wisdom Throughout Civilizations
5 Pattern Power
6 Adventures on Memory Lane
7 Memories That Do Not Fade
8 Memories Patterns and the Machinery of Wisdom
10 Novelty Routines and the Two Sides of the Brain
11 Brain Duality in Action
12 Magellan on Prozac
13 The Dog Days of Summer
15 Pattern Boosters
The Price of Wisdom

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About the author (2006)

Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D. divides his time between the clinical practice of neuropsychology, research in cognitive neuroscience, and teaching worldwide. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Institute of Neuropsychology and Cognitive
Performance. He lives in New York City.

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