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

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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
Audio CD, Abridged, 2 pages
Published November 17th 2008 by HighBridge Company (first published November 1st 1998)
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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!!!

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.
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
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.
Oct 31, 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
Apr 09, 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
Larissa Fauber
Apr 21, 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
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
Jun 01, 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
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
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
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.
Apr 03, 2015 Selkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provides quirky suggestions such as brushing your teeth with the opposite hand you usually use (it is not as easy as it sounds!), walking around blind-folded, or taking a different route to work to "keep your brain alive".
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.
Cady Ali
Feb 16, 2014 Cady Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is simply written and explained.

i loved it, something i believe on it's efficiency . Neurobic Exercises is something worth spreading!
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
Ralph Zoontjens
Some good techniques if you want to open up your creativity and get out of cyclical patterns of the mind.
Isabel Galbán
Jun 05, 2014 Isabel Galbán 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
Jun 09, 2016 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many good suggestions, great explanations. Worthwhile adventures to explore
Sep 29, 2012 Beckiezra rated it it was ok
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
Jan 18, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand.
Oct 25, 2015 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great information on how to keep those neutrons kicking!
interesting concept.
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
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!
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."
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.
Mar 30, 2013 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mantener nuestra mente activa, suministrandole nuevos retos, y nuevas experiencia es lo mejor que podemos hacer para mantenernos mentalmente sanos. este libro trata de invitarnos a mantener un estilo mentalmente activo, para que nuestra mente se mantenga siempre alérta y estado óptimo.
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! :)
Jan 27, 2013 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.
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