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Along with bulging waistlines and graying hair, declining mental faculties have long been seen as an inevitable drawback of middle age. When New York Times science editor Strauch first began research for this follow-up to The Primal Teen (2004), her book on adolescent intelligence, faltering midlife brain fitness was considered a given. To her pleasant surprise, her forays into contemporary neuroscience revealed a reassuring discovery. Aside from usual short-term memory lapses of forgetting names and mislaying keys, the middle-aged brain is more vigorous, organized, and flexible than has been previously believed. In 11 easily digested chapters, Strauch overviews the latest findings of high-tech brain scans and psychological testing that demonstrate cognitive expertise reaching its peak in middle age. Although distractions and oversights may more easily prey on the mind, the continued growth of myelin (or white matter) increases problem-solving skills, pattern recognition, and even wisdom. Supplemented by a section on keeping one’s brain in top shape, Strauch’s work proffers a welcome dose of optimism to every aging baby boomer. --Carl Hays
So exciting. It's refreshing to discover, losing my keys doesn't mean I'm "losing it".Published 9 months ago by Sandi Bills
This book dealer is fantastic with delivery time and it was in great shape...like new. Would recommend them to my best friend. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Smith
This book should be required reading for anyone over 40, and for everyone under 40 - to understand their parents. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Claire
I appreciated the highly readable, research-based and optimistic account of the (then) state of the cognitive, social and emotional development of the brain over a lifespan. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carla O'Dell
I cannot believe I never reviewed this! Secret Life is a wonderful book, especially if you are over 40 and wondering if it's all downhill from here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lynne Spreen