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The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
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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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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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