Carved in Sand LP: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife

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Harper Collins, Apr 3, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 496 pages
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Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a lively journey to explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age.

Anyone older than forty knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin sets out to discover what midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for answers to questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the factors that determine how well—or poorly—one's brain will age. She consults experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury, hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in nutrition, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based cognitive enhancement. The landscape of the midlife brain is not what you might think, and to understand its strengths and weaknesses turns out to be the best way to cope.

A groundbreaking work that represents the best of narrative nonfiction, this is a timely, highly readable, and much-needed book for anyone whose memory is not what it used to be.

 

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User Review  - JenniN - LibraryThing

A 'fun' read with lots of examples of forgetting that I could relate to. Written in a non-scholarly manner. Highlights some of the recent memory work without documentation. Read full review

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User Review  - Mooose - LibraryThing

The author, dealing with memory loss in mid-life, dives into this issue as she's not willing to just sign it off as something that happens to all of us at this time. She details the "Interventions ... Read full review

Contents

YOUR UNRELIABLE BRAIN
1
GLITCHES GAPS AND GAFFES
17
FRONTALLOBE OVERLOAD
35
BLOCKING BLANKING
55
INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE
69
SWALLOW THIS
89
MENTAL AEROBICS
111
BATHING IN BATTERY ACID
131
Sacrifice Your Slumber and Youll Perform
235
RECREATIONAL DRUGS ALCOHOL
257
WHAT YOUR DOCTOR FORGOT
275
THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK
293
STARING INTO THE EYE OF THE TIGER
317
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?
338
EMERGING TRIUMPHANT
355
CONCLUSION
395

YEARNING FOR ESTROGEN
152
THE VULNERABLE BRAIN
169
COSMETIC NEUROLOGY
191
MEDITATION AND NEUROFEEDBACK
217
RESOURCES
414
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
464
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Investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is the author of Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife, published by HarperCollins in 2007. Her new book about the back pain industry, Crooked, will be published in April 2017.  She’s written for many national magazines on topics that include healthcare, neuroscience, business, public policy,  travel, art, design and culture.  A popular speaker, these days, she’s booking lectures that enlighten patients,  health care practitioners, corporations and medical facilities about how to manage back pain. Cathryn is married to Ron Ramin, a music composer. They have two adult sons, Avery and Oliver, and a Jack Russell-Daschundt mix dog named Dasch, after the punctuation mark, which he resembles. She divides her time between Northern California and New York City. Facebook: http://bit.ly/fbcrooked . Twitter: @cjramin

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