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The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Golden Years are being redefined. The fastest-growing segment of the population, those beyond the age of fifty, are no longer content to simply cope with the losses of age. Mental acuity and vitality are becoming a life-long pursuit. Now, the science of the mind is catching up with the Baby Boom generation. In this landmark book, renowned psychiatrist Gene Cohen challe ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Basic Books (first published 2005)
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Theresa Southam
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for everyone over 50. Here's what's coming and its not what you think. There is lots to be gained for growing older especially with the right attitude. And those myths. Debunk them now!
Barbara Kemp
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
It was easy to read but there wasn’t much new information in it. He told stories of older people who were still living a good life to prove that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. But as a certified geriatric pharmacist I knew most of it and picked up nothing to improve my own life.
Spike Hendrix
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't agree more

I totally agree. I'm a vignette writer and story teller at 81. This is the much needed logical encouragement we all must have to happily live longer and get and give the most.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: career-based
This is a quick and easy read. Refreshingly positive insight on aging. Life doesn’t end at 40! Lol
Annette Balter
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Upbeat summary of neuroscience and aging - you can learn new tricks.
Apr 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Barbara by: web search
An excerpt: page 55..."In the course of conducting studies with PET scans and magnetic resonance imaging, scientists noticed something unexpected going on in the brains of older adults. When, for example, young adults retrieve a specific word from memory, they usually use mostly the left side of their brain. Older adults doing the same task, however, often use both hemispheres. This phenomenon has been found with other tasks too, such as face recognition, working memory, and certain types of per ...more
Kathryn Bashaar
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the premise of this book: that the mind can continue to grow and develop in later life. Working memory, and the ability to easily learn new things, does deteriorate some, but the mature mind is better able to make connections, combine social and emotional intelligence with intellect, and use both halves of the brain. In brief, the wisdom that is supposed to come with age is a real thing. I have found that to be true in my 60 years, so the message of this book was affirming and certainly ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Other than intro and 1st chapter, more about possibilities of 2nd half of life living rather than neuroscience. But this book was written 10 years ago ... neuroscience is moving quickly. Appreciated the author's 2nd half of life model: reevaluation; liberation; review; encore ... and positive examples of each. Sadly, Dr. Cohen died in 2009 at age 65 -- would have liked to see where his work would take him. But am thankful for his groundbreaking attention to healthy aging, opening a positive pers ...more
Aug 27, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A gift from my wonderful son-in-law getting his doctorate in cognitive science. A must read for everyone over 50. Loved the intro quote since it captures all the difficulty traversing the myths of aging. Here's to a much more hopeful, wondrous reality! THANK YOU, JOSH!
Jane H
May 13, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
Picked this book up fairly cheap. I actually heard the author speak once which was a positive experience. I liked his presentation which covered some of the information I believe is in this book. Lent the book to a neighbor who really liked it.
Tea Holmstrom
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some of the cases were infuriating but this book explains why I feel better at problem solving, am more empathic and understand complicated entities better than before. It gives hope to us middle aged people and gives us a reason to keep pushing our intellectual limits.
Adair Maller
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good news for us with aging minds! Cohen dispels many myths and provides support and opportunity for mental development in later life.
Tirza Laluyan
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Bu Mimi recommend this book...
She said I should read & have a copy of it
May 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
There is reason to be optimistic about our aging brain. Contrary to commonly held belief the brain does not inevitably decline.
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