Keep Your Brain Alive: Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness
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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
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Published November 17th 2008 by HighBridge Company (first published November 1st 1998)
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Tracey
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!!!

Tracy
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
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...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
s-b-t
Jun 01, 2007 s-b-t rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
penny
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
Cady Ali
it is simply written and explained.

i loved it, something i believe on it's efficiency . Neurobic Exercises is something worth spreading!
Albert
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 Capdevielle
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
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...more
Kathy
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
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."
Keri
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.
Juan
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.
Emsmith
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! :)
Jon
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.
Bruce
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
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!
Valerie
Very interesting book about the way to keep your brain healthy. Brush your teeth with your other hand, get dressed with your eyes closed, drive to work a different way, and be social.
Tram Nguyen
Useful, but a little bit too general tips. However, some information can be applied easily and quickly. Most important is the awareness side, and that's a plus for this book.
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(Neurobic Exercises ถ้าใครดูทีวี จะเห็นว่าหมอออกมาพูดถึงค่อนข้างบ่อยนะ)
Nancy
Quite interesting. The author suggests some interesting activities to help increase mental fitness at the start and end of the day, while commuting, at work, etc.
NC
Basically "try something new and break the routine". Not very novel suggestions (Cook something from scratch, go to a Farmer's Market, eat with your non-dominant hand)
Rebecca Johnson
This is a great book on keeping your mind alive. There are tons of exercises to challenge the way you think. Some simple, some difficult...but all engaging.
Bahaa
Simple daily exercises to boost your brain power!, it can be applied on daily basis and you will feel the difference in your mental thinking!
Sergey
A bunch of useful advices and helpful facts. I don't think I will be able to use everything that is presented in this book.
Barb
Jul 20, 2011 Barb rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Great book to learn mental exercises to keep the brain growing, healthy and fit.
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