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The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain by Barbara Strauch
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Oct 17, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 17 to 20, 2011

Interesting summary of the current scientific thinking on how our brains work with a focus on the brain in middle-age (40s to 60s). Although short term episodic memory definitely seems to get worse, our ability to perform complex tasks seems to get better. And the brain is not static, as we used to think. It can adapt (develop new ways to do things), and grow new cells (stimulated by oxygen it seems, so exercise). And we now think that more things pass through the blood/brain barrier than before, so foods (antioxidant anti-inflammatory) can help too. And some tasks can train the brain to work better. Fascinating stuff.

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