Exercises for the Whole Brain

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The most fascinating mental exercises from the New York Times internationally syndicated column "Playspace." They build brain skills in the same way physical exercise builds muscles and stamina. 60 brain-awakening exercises that strengthen connections among the mental centers that control creative-visual, executive-planning, spatial-manipulative, and logical thinking. Each exercise was developed to stimulate a different combination of brain circuits to sharpen mental skills needed to compete professionally and to...

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Overview

The most fascinating mental exercises from the New York Times internationally syndicated column "Playspace." They build brain skills in the same way physical exercise builds muscles and stamina. 60 brain-awakening exercises that strengthen connections among the mental centers that control creative-visual, executive-planning, spatial-manipulative, and logical thinking. Each exercise was developed to stimulate a different combination of brain circuits to sharpen mental skills needed to compete professionally and to retard loss of memory and other skills as the brain ages. Yet they are almost addictively fascinating. Optional hints for each exercise make every format accessible to all levels of skill.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802777010
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Brain Waves Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen D. Bragdon is the founder of The Brainwaves Center (www.brainwaves.com). The Brainwaves Center provides the general public with practical applications of current research in the neurosciences to improve and maintain mental skills. He is the Founding Editor of "Games" Magazine, and edited a daily puzzle column, "Playspace," syndicated internationally by The New York Times.

Allen has eight books about brains in print and he writes a newsletter, "The Curious Mind. His first title under the Brainwaves Books' trade paperback imprint was Building Mental Muscle, co-authored with David Gamon, Ph.D.,It has sold over 97,000 copies since publication in May 1998, was a selection of Book-of-the-Month's Quality Paperback Book Club and Rodale's Prevention Book Club. In a special hardcover edition licensed to Barnes & Noble, Building Mental Muscle became their #1 bestseller within two weeks after they put it on sale in their chain nationwide.

Allen has appeared on television, national and local radio, the web and newspapers across the country. A recognized expert in the dissemination of current neuroscience research findings, Allen speaks on these issues at meetings throughout the world. His most recent book, released in October 2001, is Learn Faster & Remember More, co-authored with David Gamon, Ph.D.

David Gamon was raised in a peripatetic Foreign Service family, and grew up in Martinique, Liberia, Swaziland, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. He studied German literature at Reed College and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1997. In addition to collaborating with Allen Bragdon on the Brainwaves book series, he serves as contributing writer to ScienceIQ, a science news and information e-mail subscription service, and to the ScienceMaster science education site, winner of the National Academy Press's "Coolest Science Site" award. He also works as a professional translator. His current projects include books about the brain's construction of sensory reality, humor and the brain, psychopathy, and the evolution of language. David lives in Oakland, California.

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