The Playful Brain: The Surprising Science of how Puzzles Improve Your Mind

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Riverhead Books, 2010 - Science - 294 pages
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You're building up your memory.
You're thinking shaper.
You're creating a healthier brain
This is your brain on puzzles.

It's no secret that puzzles-crossword puzzles, logic puzzles, word puzzles-challenge and entertain us. But exciting new research suggests that they've become more than just a fun pastime. Solving different kinds of puzzles can actually help your brain improve itself and-perhaps just as important-ward off mental deterioration.

In The Playful Brain, science happily combines with recreation as leading neuroscientist and bestselling author Richard Restak, M.D., and noted puzzle master Scott Kim team up to create a fascinating exploration of how puzzles can change, reshape, and strengthen our brains.

Packed with illuminating insights and dozens of puzzles, The Painful Braininvestigates the science behind three key areas of brain development- memory, perception, and cognition. And it gives readers the chance to work the puzzles while learning how they're improving their brain.

The result is both a lively book of popular science and an engaging set of exercises for developing a wide array of thinking and memory skills.


' Restak is one of the world's most important scientific thinkers.'
- Scientific American

'Dr. Restak is an accomplished science writer with a gift for making complex scientific subjects accessible.'
- The New York Times

'Scott Kim is the Escher of the alphabet.'
- Isaac Asimov

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Richard M. Restak, M.D., is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and Clinical Professor of Neurology affiliated with the George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of the bestselling The Brain--a companion to the PBS series of the same name--as well as The Mind, The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, and The Brain: The Last Frontier. He lives in Washington, D.C..

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