Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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As readers of Mozart's Brain and The Fighter Pilot know, Richard Restak's books combine the findings of cutting-edge neuroscientific research and very practical advice. Thus, his Think Smart will not only make you a more interesting dinner companion, it will also enhance your learning ability, memory, and brain health. A fitness guide for the body's most powerful organ.
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Neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author Restak (Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot) presents an accessible analysis of how the human brain works and shares suggestions for improving its function—namely, through the restorative powers of sleep. Drawing on his own clinical research as well as on findings from numerous other sources (which he does not directly cite), Restak translates the highly complex scientific data forming the basis of this material into relevant language that will intrigue both erudite and lay listeners. Arthur Morey's (The Evolution of God) clear, steadily paced narration adds value to this substantial work, which nicely updates Daniel G. Amen's Making a Good Brain Great. [The Riverhead: Penguin hc was "highly recommended for public libraries," LJ 4/15/09.—Ed.]—Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101050453
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 573,288
  • File size: 520 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Restak
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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Discovering the Brain 3

Part 2 Care and Feeding of the Brain: The Basics 23

Part 3 Specific Steps for Enhancing Your Brain's Performance 63

Part 4 Using Technology to Achieve a More Powerful Brain 149

Part 5 Fashioning the Creative Brain 169

Part 6 Impediments to Optimal Brain Function, and How to Compensate for Them 197

Epilogue The Twenty-first-Century Brain 237

Acknowledgments 255

Suggested Readings 259

Index 267

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Practical and Fascinating

    After a slow start, this book kicked into high gear, offering tons of practical and detailed advice on boosting your own intelligence. Highly recommended. Beyond the usual "better nutrition, exercise, sleep" mantra found in other writing, Restak solicits from fellow neuroscientists a wide range of mental exercises one can perform to boost attention, memory, and general mental performance.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

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    Informative guide to improving brain health and performance

    Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines the brain as "the portion of the vertebrate central nervous system enclosed in the skull and continuous with the spinal cord through the foramen magnum that is composed of neurons and supporting and nutritive structures (as glia) and that integrates sensory information from inside and outside the body in controlling autonomic function (as heartbeat and respiration), in coordinating and directing correlated motor responses, and in the process of learning." Phew! Luckily, neurology professor Richard Restak is here to synthesize contemporary research about the brain into applicable, accessible information. He doles out pertinent advice about how to look after your brain, including what to eat, how much to eat and what not to eat. He also explains how sleeping can maximize your creativity and brain health. Restak manages to make many of these suggestions for healthy living sound intriguing, even fun. getAbstract recommends this light scientific guide to readers who want to enhance their creativity and improve their brain's performance.

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