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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605299006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605299006
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cynthia R. Green, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she founded the renowned Memory Enhancement Program.


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Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert on memory fitness and brain health. Known for her engaging and personable presentation style, Dr. Green lectures extensively on memory improvement, brain fitness, successful aging and related topics as president of Memory Arts, LLC (www.memoryarts.com). She also provides training and consultation services to numerous corporations, organizations and to the media.

Dr. Green has served on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Medical Center since 1990, where she is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Green has held various positions within the Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, including serving as a co-principal investigator on several Alzheimer's disease clinical treatment trials. She has also published several professional articles on the subject.

In 1996, Dr. Green founded The Memory Enhancement Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a unique and innovative program designed to enhance memory fitness in healthy adults of all ages. The program received wide professional and general acclaim, leading to the publication of her self-help book "Total Memory Workout: 8 Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness." Dr. Green is also co-author of "Through the Seasons: an Activity Book for Memory Challenged Adults and their Caregivers," which offers a program providing cognitive and social engagement for persons with dementia. Her latest book is Brainpower Game Plan: Foods, Moves, and Games to Clear Brain Fog, Boost Memory, and Age-Proof Your Mind in 4 Weeks!, written with the editors of Prevention Magazine.

Dr. Green's work has been featured frequently in the media, including Good Morning America, The Early Show, 20/20, CNBC, National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation", Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Standard, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting. Dr. Green serves as a brain health expert for Prevention, and is the author of the "Stay Sharp!" blog on the Prevention website (www.prevention.com/staysharp).

Dr. Green received her B.A. cum laude from Smith College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Society on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Green also serves on the Scientific Review Board of the Institute for the Study of Aging.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on January 9, 2010
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I've shared this book with three generations, and each felt it spoke directly to them and their stage of "memory fog." In this era of digital overload, who doesn't feel their memory is overtaxed? For me, this book was a godsend. It's helped to redirect my nervousness about forgetting passwords, phone numbers, names, and where my car is parked -- into practical exercises and strategies. Accessible, easy to use and downright fun, I love this book. The recipes alone made me feel better. I guess there's hope for mid-lifers like me!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Howard Fillit on September 30, 2009
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Dr. Green has provided us with a unique and practical book for cognitive vitality. She is a legitimate and recognized expert in the psychology of aging and dementia, and has worked for many years to counsel and train elderly persons with memory and other problems. The book has many useful exercises that the average reader can employ at home. I highly recommend this book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MaureenVM on November 21, 2009
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It's true what they say, the memory is the first to go -- and as much as we hate to admit it, some of us find our memories in rapid-fire fail mode. Dr. Green has created a program that will not only put you on the road to cognitive sharpness, but it's darn entertaining too. I find the exercises engaging and fun to complete. The book further helps by providing you with nutritional information, tasty meal plans (complete with well laid out grocery lists), and physical exercises all geared towards strengthening your mind. As an added bonus, the book was co-written by the editors of Prevention, one of the trusted leaders in health publications. That made the decision to follow the Brainpower Game Plan a no-brainer for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Janus on May 3, 2010
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The Brainpower Game Plan has many, many great menu suggestions, brain games and exercise routines that will keep you from being bored. I've already lost a few pounds and I don't have the unhealthy cravings I used to have.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey B. Mccann on May 9, 2010
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This is a good book to test your memory on brain games, puzzles, cognitive psycholgy and, your memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scientist99 on July 21, 2014
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Brainpower Game Plan
Cynthia Green and Prevention

This book would be a good book if it was just about health and nutrition. This is a subject that the editors of Prevention know something about. The claim on the front cover that using the techniques within the book will increase your memory up to 78% is misleading. It lacks psychological validity. The test that was cooked up was not evaluated or at least tested on a sample and reported within the book. The editors suggest that you repeat the test after performing the exercises within the book. This will lead to a practice effect or increase in the scores. The food recipes that are suggested are just fine.
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I found this book in a bucket shop for 3$AUS. My memory, particularly for people, has been failing me increasingly for the last 20 years, though I have always maintained an excellent memory for ideas. Sometimes forgetting people has been embarrassing and I have had to resort to deception to pretend to remember people.
I expected this book to make some small improvement over a period of several weeks, but within a few days, I was feeling sharper and my memory felt like it had improved greatly, which, it actually has.

There are essentially three elements to this plan: diet, physical exercise and mental exercise.Living in East Africa, I have been able to follow only some of the dietary advice, but, in particular I feel that starting to eat fish again (she specifies the right types of fish for omega 3 fatty acids) after being a vegetarian for 35 years, had a marked effect. Part of the adaptation of her dietary prescription was to introduce green tea in large quantities and I suspect this also is having an effect.
I phoned my wife to ask her to pick up a couple more copies of this book.

It does not affect the quality of the book, but I would suggest that the "improvement of up to 78%" claimed is a meaningless statistic, being as a part of the test is a box-checking exercise revolving around lifestyle choices, many of which are dealt with in the book. Thus, if you take the first test and don't tick the boxes relating to exercise and dietary habits, and then follow the book's recommendations, you have automatically improved your score based on your actions and not on the result of those actions.
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