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Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 30, 2009
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This is not a self-help or feel good book. It is real practical science from a careful source. I wish I had this book when I was thirteen, but I am making use of it decades later. Then I could have used his description of the adolescent and adult brains. I like his writing style and the organization he employs.
Dr. Restak starts off Part One with a little scientific context so we can more fully appreciate his developing program in Part Two: how to care for and use our brains. First we take care of the whole body as an organic system. Proper diet is a real foundation; transfats and weight in general do matter. The next realm is physical activity. Seems all so simple, but he makes his case in a direct way you do not see everyday in other health discussions. And he addresses that most un-American of activities -- sleep. We have been dang near the most sleep deprived nation on Earth for decades now. He points out that we worry more after not enough sleep.
Once you give yourself a fighting chance by addressing fundamentals, you can address mental performance. Memory in its many aspects (even sense memory), creativity, games and more all explore the different dimensions of brain capacity or performance.Read more ›
Restak informs the reader that the brain is shaped by individual experiences in life; thus, environmental enrichment leads to enhancement in the human brain. The book is divided into chapters designed to discuss various aspects of brain functioning, including:
1. diet and exercise.
2. specific steps for enhancing performance
3. technology to enhance brain function
4. fashioning the creative brain
5. impediments to optimal brain function and how to compensate for them
Those who keep current on their reading may find that they know some pieces of Restak's book. For example: exercise regularly, avoid trans fats, and get your Omega 3's.
The real merit in this book is that it compiles what appears to be the latest research into a single, well-organized location. Given the spotty nature of the disclosure of scientific advancement in the news cycle, I found this book to be a great way to fill in the gaps of what I already knew. Moreover, the book offers some tangible means by which to improve cognitive function.
At first I thought I would never be motivated to do the exercises mentioned in the book. Some of them are a bit awkward or involved for me (spend 10 minutes "memorizing" a coffee cup?).Read more ›
I must confess that when I ordered this book I was hoping for a more technical and detailed presentation especially since the author was a neuroscientist. However, the book is too general and superficial to be of lasting value. Much of the information here is old hat and experimental works cited are not referenced for further follow-up should you so desire. I can honestly state that I did not find anything in the text that I was not already aware of and I am by no means a professional in psychology or neuroscience. The presentation reminded me of reading a National Geographic article without the pretty pictures.
All in all a good basic overview but with not much meat in the soup.
The current book `Think Smart' is a little different and hence carries a different weight for me. Think Smart in a good introductory work for every fan of human brain functioning, maintenance and upkeep. The complexity of Dr. Restak's vernacular is minimal and so it is expected that any high school grad will comprehend the overall message, which is: You need to put as much effort into maintaining a healthy brain as you put into feeding, clothing, and bathing yourself. I can't put it any simpler than this because I run the risk of loosing 60% of the general population.
For the overachievers I have two words with respect to this book: Skip it. Why? I have had the opportunity to read a few very enticing works on the subject of brain function and physiology and would strongly recommend these instead. I guarantee you will find a lot more in them in terms of brain areas and how specific supplements may influence them, personal victories with brain related illnesses and brain exercises than `Think Smart.'
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A book that can help you think clearly, enhance and improve your relationship to a healthy life. This book is truly a Neuroscientists Prescription to improving the Brains... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eliseo Garrido
Phenomenal read, the types of things we ALL should know about. Really we should be applying this level of knowledge to our daily lives, more important to our youth / during... Read morePublished 8 months ago by SwissCheez
The book not only offers the science and theory of the brain but also gives many very practical ways one can pursue to improve brain health. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Timothy
A must read for those who want to know how your head really works and how we can traverse the superhighways this best gift to mankind. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lorman
This book is well written. Easy to understand. Dr. Restak makes great suggestions to improve the mind. I recommend it.Published 22 months ago by Wayne
Easy to read information regarding a complex subject. The doctor provides a wide variety of suggestions and ideas to keep the brain fit.Published on January 23, 2014 by Debbie L. Austin
As an aging 64 year old I was concerned about my ability to retain mental efficiency into later years. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer