Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance

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Penguin, Apr 30, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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A leading neuroscientist and New York Times-bestselling author of Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot distills the research on the brain and serves up practical, surprising, and illuminating recommendations for warding off neurological decline, cognitive function, and encouraging smarter thinking day to day.

In Think Smart, the renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Richard Restak details how each of us can improve and tone our body's most powerful organ: the brain.

As a renowned expert on the brain, Restak knows that in the last five years there have been exciting new scientific discoveries about the brain and its performance. So he's asked his colleagues-many of them the world's leading brain scientists and researchers-one important question: What can I do to help my brain work more efficiently? Their surprising-and remarkably feasible-answers are at the heart of Think Smart.

Restak combines advice culled from cutting-edge research with brain-tuning exercises to show how individuals of any age can make their brain work more effectively. In the same accessible prose that made Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot a New York Times bestseller, Restak presents a wide array of practical recommendations about a variety of topics, including the crucial role sleep plays in boosting creativity, the importance of honing sensory memory, and the neuron- firing benefits of certain foods.

In Think Smart, the "wise, witty, and ethical Restak" (says the Smithsonian Institution) offers readers helpful suggestions for fighting neurological decline that will put every reader on the path to building a healthier, more limber brain.

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

Interesting review of brain research and what it tells us about keeping our brains in shape. The epilogue gives a pretty good review of the information detailed in the rest of the book. At times ... Read full review

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

Well written. Restak has the credentials to write on the topic and demonstrates that he is knowledgeable. Admittedly, the bottom line of a healthy diet, exercise, and mental activity is fairly common sense. Read full review


Enriching the Brain
Maturing the Brain
The Adolescent Brain
The Adult Brain
In Search of the Brain Diet
Control Your Weight
Whats Good for the Brain Is Good for the Heart
Drink Moderately and Selectively
Spell More Challenging Words
Get into the Habit of Deliberate Practice
Cognitive Versus Physical Fidelity
Video Games and the Mature Brain
Brain Gyms
Use Sleep to Boost Creativity
The Power of Visual Thinking
Four Steps to Increase Creativity

Use Supplements Judiciously
Exercise More
Pay Attention to Sleep and Naps
Work to Resolve Insomnia
Embrace the Power of Naps
The Intelligence Conundrum
Sharpen Sense Memory
Augment General Memory
Cultivate the Art of Remembering
Is There an Outer Limit to Memory?
Improve Working Memory
Expand Your Vocabulary
Compensating for AgeAssociated Brain Changes
The Strengths and Advantages of the Mature Brain
Maintaining Brain Fitness at Work
A Concept in Need of Redefinition
Developing a Balanced View of Alzheimers Disease
Building Up Cognitive Reserve
Part One Discovering the Brain
Part Three Specific Steps for Enhancing Your Brains Performance
Part Four Using Technology to Achieve a More Powerful Brain
Part Five Fashioning the Creative Brain
The TwentyfirstCentury Brain

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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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