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Think Smart by Richard Restak
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Apr 05, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: japan_jul07-aug11, self-help
Read from March 26 to April 05, 2010

A Mishmash of Information--

The book should be titled, Think Smart: Myriad Ways of Improving Your Brain Power Drawn From Various Sources since the author draws from NOT HIS OWN RESEARCH OR EXPERIENCE but from a wide range of sources like K. Anders Ericsson et al. In other words, the author might as well have been a priest or journalist, and him being a neuroscientist has little to do with the content.

The book is a veritable compendium of techniques and facts to boost brain performance and it may be a good place to start. I even admit that some of the information in this book is very useful.

It really is hard to say what's wrong with this book as it's pretty informative, but my guess is that it covers so much ground that every bit of information seems dilated and lacking in depth and focus. It covers nutrition, sleep, exercise, an exhaustive list of activities to boost memory and other cognitive powers, aging, Alzhimer's, etc.

You're inundated with so much information in so wide a range that it leaves you reeling and gasping for breath. While it is true that this book may give you more bang for the buck, but I recommend reading other books that cover each of the topic in more detail and depth and written by EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, or THOSE WHO RESEARCHED THE TOPIC THOROUGHLY, e.g. John Medina's Brain Rules and Geoff Colvin's Talent is Overrated.

One piece of advice: DO NOT GET THE AUDIOBOOK. You need it to be in book form to come back to for reference later on.

Overall, good information but lacks in authority and depth.
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