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Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better Paperback – March 8, 2016
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From the Back Cover
When we tap into all that our brains do for us, we can make our brains work better. The keys to activating our brains are:
Aerobic Exercise • Mindfulness and Meditation • Rich and Fulfilling Relationships and Experiences
Because our brains respond to what we do in our lives and with our bodies, when we make positive changes we can:
Think Sharper • Increase Memory Capacity • Work with Greater Focus • Improve Our Moods
Harness the Power of Your Brain . . . for a Better Life
At forty, world-renowned, prizewinning neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki set out on a journey to change her life. The first step was creating an exercise regime that would make her body more fit. In the process, Wendy found herself focusing better, working smarter, and getting more accomplished in a shorter amount of time. As her body transformed, Wendy set out to build a more vibrant social life, spark her creativity, and engage in mindful activities—using her expertise in neuroscience to pinpoint exactly how these actions made her feel and made her brain work better. In Healthy Brain, Happy Life, Wendy tells her story and offers practical and fascinating ways to improve memory, engage the brain more deeply, and create a way of living that is good for the body and the mind.
About the Author
Wendy Suzuki, PhD, runs an interactive research lab at New York University, where her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and is regularly interviewed in the media. She lectures nationally and internationally on her research and serves as a reviewer for many of the top neuroscience journals. She lives in New York City.
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I will likely finish the book because I paid for it and hope to discover enough value to make it worth the time and price. I've found a couple of useful tidbits so far, but nothing that an easy Google search could not also produce. I recommend this book to no one. It is of limited value at best.
So, why such a low rating? There are three problems with this book.
The first one is Wendy Suzuki confuses a scientific nonfiction book with a wandering set of psychotherapy sessions. The book is a book-long narrative of Wendy Suzuki’s life improvement affirmation. This self-centered disclosure is misplaced. If you have to convince yourself on every other page that you are becoming happier, it is not entirely convincing to the readers.
The second problem is that Wendy Suzuki at times cheats her own science. She contradicts herself. At the top of page 178, she indicates that there is much evidence that exercise helps lessening depression and “the evidence for an improvement of declarative memory function is still quite weak.” In plain English, exercise does help with depression, but it is inconclusive whether exercise improves declarative memory. But, in the very next few sentences she indicates “this means that… with… exercise you get both stress reduction and cognitive improvement.” But, regarding cognitive improvement this later statement is inaccurate. She later repeats her contradictory and unfounded opinion on the subject on pg. 238: “While I am convinced… that … exercise has improved my learning, memory…” Again, this statement is inaccurate.
As a scientist, you can’t misinterpret the facts that badly. Earlier within the book, she already was aware that exercise does not explicitly cause cognitive improvement when she mentioned studies on individuals with traumatic brain injury and when she conducted related experiments within her own undergrad class. Yet, on page 178 and 238 she states that exercise does boost overall cognitive improvement with no supportive evidence. In the reference section she mentions 37 papers supporting this specific chapter, and none of them even study exercise vs. cognitive improvement.
Other aspects of the science appear shaky. Within the chapter on meditation, she attempts to benchmark the brain benefit of meditation vs. exercise. And, she concludes that they are equivalent. Meanwhile, within the same chapter whenever she refers to a comparative study it suggests that meditation does provide greater benefit than exercise.
In view of the two examples above, the author’s opinions are questionable. She often states what she wishes instead of what is.
The third issue with this book is that it is too long for its imparted content. Instead of 270 pages, the book could have been a hundred page shorter conveying the information better by avoiding the mentioned problems.
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