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Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  386 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
No more punch lines that just slipped away. No more names on the tip of your tongue. No more senior moments! Drawing on cutting-edge neurological research, how to keep your brain alive: 83 neurobic exercises brings help to everyone whose memory is starting to slip. Devised by Dr. Lawrence Katz, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, and Manning Rubi ...more
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Published November 1st 1998 by Workman Publishing
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Sydney
Feb 23, 2017 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, I'd give it about 3.5 stars. Lots of practical things you can do to prevent/improve memory issues. And some nice, simple explanations in the beginning of the book re how your brain works (especially regarding memory and associations) and how the exercises in the book relate. There is also a bibliography so you can check out all the research it's based on. This book came out in 1999, but still plenty of useful info.
Ben
Interesting exercises aimed (primarily) at 40+ people who feel as if their losing their 'edge' mentally. As someone perpetually worried about Alzheimer's and dementia (after witnessing it first hand growing up with my great grandma) and with my 13+ concussions, I am always looking out for things like this - books to help cognitively, (as well as looking out for my own symptoms of failing mental issues); I sadly found this book lacking a fair bit. It's basically aimed at your senses (taste, touch ...more
Yamen Mardini
A book full of ridiculous and meaningless exercises that are supposed to keep our brain alive.
The main concept of the book is that routines kill the novelty factor in the brain and this would lead our mind to stay in the autopilot mode which offers no development for the mind, so here's an 80+ stupid activities you can do to trigger your senses, and waste your time, which can be summarized as: smell everything, taste everything, start doing routine stuff using your left hand and with eyes close
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Tracey
Mar 11, 2014 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! So many good ideas to keep your brain mentally strong! The premise of the book is that brains needs variety. Break the routines! Good ideas are given such as change your routine driving routes, shop at different stores, get dressed with your eyes closed, and rearrange your desk often.

It's kind of funny - I change things all of the time, rearrange my clasroom, change routine, eat different foods, change my evening routine, etc. I guess I am already very neuronic!!!

Laura Westmeyer
I picked this up after viewing the Bodyworlds exhibit in Chicago.

I loved the concrete ideas this book provides to switch up your routine, though some were impractical. (for example, driving with your eyes closed)

It's an interesting book but not the type you need to buy and read because the two sole takeaways could just be summarized as: (1) Shake up your routine; and (2) Use senses you normally wouldn't for a given task.
Judith
Apr 28, 2016 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author proposes a series of exercises that you can perform on a daily basis to improve brain function. I am not sure I believe these can really exercise your brain but I am willing to try to brush my teeth with my left hand and a few other tricks to see if I feel any smarter.
Arjaye Nitro
The bottomline: change. Dont succumb into routines, instead divert, amend, interact, improv. In that way, the brains has more work to do, more practice, more exercises. Neurobics for a healthier brain and a healthier you.
Larissa Fauber
Mar 19, 2012 Larissa Fauber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may now forget the idea that the older you grow the less brain cells you have. “Keep Your Brain Alive” shows how studies regarding our brain are full of misconceptions. It starts by explaining what really occurs in our brains and what we have to do in order to maintain it working well.

Firstly, the authors assert that new brain cells are generated in adults (according to a 1998 study from American and Sweden scientists). In addition, contrary to popular belief, mental decline is not due to th
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Goran Ovčariček
Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin are the authors of this petite book, published in 1998. The two have coined the term “neurobics” with this book.

The book itself has two distinct elements. The first part deals with the science behind “neurobics” while the second one is a practical guide. Let us start with the first ingredient.

As it has been explicated, the first part revolves around the science of “neurobics”, that is it explains how human brains work. Which division of the brain has jurisdicti
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Tracy
Apr 06, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED the first two chapters of this book. They were incredibly well written, taking a highly scientific, technical subject and translating it into terms that were easy to read. The illustrations throughout the book were spectacular, not necessarily for their artistic technique, but for their ability to further explain the author's topic through creative drawing. Every presentation of fact in this book was well documented and was not misleading. These chapters taught me how my brain ...more
Anna
Oct 16, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aging
I listened to this as an audiobook, read by one of the authors. There were some great tips for exercising the brain and keeping it alive; however there was too much of the underlying chemistry and science to suit me. I got bored with the first half of it; if it had been a book, I would have skipped those chapters. But the part with the brain-stimulating exercises I listened to twice.

It's mostly about using all of your senses, especially those you use less frequently, such as the senses of smell
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s-b-t
May 20, 2007 s-b-t rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: astute, curious folks; Alzheimer's paranoiacs
This truly is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. The author (an educated, doctor-type person) purports that one of the most effective ways to enrich your memory is to engage more than just one of your senses while experiencing a particular phenomenon. For example, doing more than just looking at the scenery from your air-conditioned car can help you remember the sights of last summer's vacation to the shore: walk barefoot; touch and/or taste the grass beneath your feet; smell the ...more
Mike Rice
Feb 18, 2014 Mike Rice rated it really liked it
This is a short but interesting book for anyone who has hit that frustrating and crucial age related curve in the road of life that suddenly leaves you guessing about the small things that you used to always remember. The first few chapters of the book discuss the science and the theory behind the concept of Neurobics (exercises for the brain)that help to combat the ever encroaching forgetfulness that comes with rote lives filled with routines and comfortable, familiar processes. In an amazingly ...more
Dione Sage
This book is pretty neat. I am always interested in ways to help prevent memory loss or increase mental fitness. When I was young one of my elementary teachers use to tell us that most humans use a small fraction of their brain and that even the smartest person on earth didn't completely use his entire brain to it's maximum potential. The only reason I recall that story is because I think since hearing that when I was a child, I have always wanted to make sure that my mind didn't go unused. This ...more
penny shima glanz
I really need to write these things down. ;) Anyway, I found it amusing that I do some of these things when I get overwhelmed and begin to get quite forgetful. I have a book on learning Braille, I use my non-dominant hand to shake things up (though I cannot open my door with my left hand. i will just keep re-locking the door ad infinitum. it’s kinda funny actually..) I routinely walk around without my glasses in the dark but I won’t shut my eyes because I pride myself on having better night visi ...more
Sue Smith
I'm always on the lookout for ways to keep me on my toes. So why not find some exercises for your brain? And what did I find?

Routines are bad.

*sigh* So needless to say, being a very firm believer in routines...I really do need my routines, I was a little distressed. Not too much so, mind you. Breaking routines, apparently, can be easily done. Thankfully. Change up your route to work once in a while...or when you're heading home. Try doing things with your eyes closed. Or the lights off. Or sing
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Albert
Jul 28, 2011 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, very interesting, and surprisingly simple: the basic idea is that you need to keep all areas of your brain from atrophying by doing "neurobics", just like you keep your body from atrophying by doing aerobics. This is not done by doing puzzles and games, etc., but by giving yourself unexpected and new experiences within your daily life which engage as many of the senses as possible -- basically mimicking how babies and small children grow their brains by the way they explore their world ( ...more
Am Y
Nov 17, 2016 Am Y rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too generic to be helpful.

I was expecting a book of puzzles or something similar. Instead, this book gives general pieces of advice such as: while you're driving, try to do something else, etc.

And yes, you read that correct. While you're driving.

(The authors obviously are clueless about the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers.)

Examples of some other advice given: observe stuff you normally would not while taking walks, doing chores, etc.

D-U-H.

I was more interested in reading the v
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Isabel
Mar 23, 2013 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This is definitely a very interesting book. The first chapters were about the brain itself and what causes memory loss; those were incredibly insightful, however I was kind of dissapointed about the rest of the book. Most of the brain exercises I alreay knew! And for some reason I expected actual problem-solving kind of exercises. Not what I expected, but I still found out about some exercises that I am currently trying. All in all, I thought it was a good book if you're looking for the kind of ...more
Beckiezra
I was kind of bored with the brain stuff at the beginning though that might have had something to do with the voice of the reader. It wasn't droning or anything, it just sounded like an older man reading to older people which is who the book is directed at so it makes sense but it made it a bit less enjoyable for me. I am going to try some of the different exercises they suggested. A lot of them involve smell and I'm anosmic so they weren't too applicable to me. Maybe that's why my memory is som ...more
Karen & Gerard
Dec 22, 2011 Karen & Gerard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick-read but very interesting and practical. The gist of the book is to improve memory, you need to keep your active and use all of your senses. “Routines can be brain deadening.” Basically, learn to enjoy new experiences, change things around, interact with people and change up routines.

The most startling thing I learned from reading this book is: "Research has shown that watching television literally numbs the mind: The brain is less active during TV-viewing than during sleep!" (p
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Kathy
Nov 24, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book, a quick read. Not a new book, I bought this for my Mom about 10 years ago and just recently found it while sorting through some stuff. The basic premise of this book is to do things differently in order to force the brain to make new connections, "neurobics". We are more apt to tag information for long term memory if it has social significance. So social interactions are key. I also learned that by listening to audio books I am using more of my brain than just looking at words!
Maria
May 16, 2013 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the neurobic exercises are a bit repetitive so I wouldn't say there are 83 of them. And surprisingly, I do a lot of them already. on page 4, the authors write, "The aging brain continues to have a remarkable ability to grow, adapt, and change patterns of connections..Just as cross training helps you maintain all physical fitness, Neurobics can help you take charge of your overall mental fitness."
Francesca
AUDIOBOOK: read to you by the kindly uncle while he's in work mode. Can't go much faster than 1.5 before it deteriorates.

CONTENT: It's a great idea and made me really interested to explore other ways of training but, the content is split into weird sections and they're not titled correctly to return to (AUDIOBOOK). Fascinating though.
Keri
Sep 22, 2008 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does a very good job at explaining what happens to our brains as we age and go through our daily lives. It gives good exercises that we can do to keep more of our brain active and working. I like it because I really enjoy neuroscience :) Some of the recommendations aren't realistic, but a good quick read. I got it at the Brain Works exhibit in L.A. this summer.
Bruce
Nov 25, 2008 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find anything new in this book. I'm already doing many of the tips they list. Plus they don't list boardgames as a way to keep my brain functioning. I enjoyed the brief anatomy guide in the opening pages of the book.
Chester Wallace
Dec 05, 2013 Chester Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book on keeping your noggin operating property. I must say that I actually do a lot of the exercises in this book already without even having to read it but it gave me more ideas. A must read!
Hitessh Panchal
I read nothing , that i did not knew. Book Talks about breaking the pattern. what i liked though , was , that it was concise and to the point , without going through nuances of scientific research. No harm in reading once.
Jon
Dec 17, 2012 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: braaains
Packed with "neurobic exercises" like do something different, brush your teeth with the other hand, get a good night's sleep, and eat right, they probably should've subtitled it "for the brain dead."

It's not only terrible, but it's a waste of time.
Emsmith
Jan 30, 2010 Emsmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Interesting and simple book to read. I read it to see if I could recommend it to my mom because she likes things that are pro-active. As I've told others about this book, my girls and I have tried some of the suggestions. Both girls have been writing with their left hand! :)
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