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Make Your Brain Smarter : Increase Your Brain's Creativity, Energy, and Focus

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One of the world’s most innovative and respected cognitive neuroscientists combines cutting-edge research with unique exercises to help you improve the most powerful, most staggeringly complex machine ever created: your brain.Your brain is dynamic. Adaptable. Flexible. Trainable. And just as we’ve come to realize that we can better our bodies through diet and exercise, so, ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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I see a lot of comments on here that all list 'to-read.' Honestly, to all those people, I wouldn't bother. I'm only on page 50, but having real trouble getting through it. So far is reads like a quack trying to hawk their product. Lots of scare tactics, like 'you can't waste a day in trying to improve your brain' and 'if you don't do the right things, you are moving backwards.' Lots of logical fallacies, and case studies that are extrapolated to try and convince you that you are thinking in all ...more
This book read somewhat like an infomercial, and in that it was successful, because I did go to the website, which I actually preferred. Obviously, Dr. Chapman is an intelligent woman, but I didn't like her writing style, which I found dry and repetitive. I expected that the book would have more concrete information, but there was nothing new or unexpected. It is a comprehensive, inspiring book title, but there wasn't enough in the book to support it, so it ended up falling flat. I would have gi ...more
E.K. Carmel
I'm fascinated by brain science, always wondering why we think and behave in the ways we do. This book blew me away. In the last 20 years, so many new discoveries have obliterated our common knowledge of how the brain works, but few people know it. Dr. Chapman explains such things as: the brain can recover from injury even long after the event, the brain will continue to learn long into old age if we keep it healthy, that multitasking actually makes us sick, and that Alzheimer's patients can be ...more
Marina Chinchilla
It's okay to write a skinny, little book that gets to the dang point. I had such a difficult time getting through this book and all the superfluous detail. This book could be a really good and informative web page, with bullet points and exercises to harness your brains power, but instead it's bogged down with, well, too many dang words! I skimmed the book after page 94; Chapman wastes paragraph upon paragraph saying the same thing over and over before telling her reader what to do with that inf ...more
This book is revolutionary in presenting to the public that higher order brain function can be improved at any age. Highly encouraging for middle-agers and older and for anyone who has suffered some kind of brain injury. Also discusses way to strengthen brain function for all age groups. It does suffer from an unfortunate style, a bit stilted and condescending- likely the result of the academe environment which made the book possible. Highly recommend book for content. One of the paradigm changi ...more
If you're interested in what research has been done about the various brain process then this book is awesome. Otherwise it has some decent, repetitive advice. She talked about talking about things too much, it was more like an intro to intro course.
Krista Neckles
This book was helpful and informative. It offered new insights to improve the brain. It is very motivational. The idea that anyone can improve their brain, regardless of their intelligence quotient(IQ) is very encouraging.
Todavía estoy esperando encontrar la parte con los ejercicios...
Un libro poco práctico, que se centra solo en algunos rangos de edad y a los demás los nombra de pasada nomás.
Leí la versión en castellano y la verdad es que la portada promete mucho más de lo que el libro ofrece.
It's all about the deep thinking! I love that my urge to be a perpetual student improves my odds of avoiding degenerative brain disease. I don't love that she spends so much time repeating her message with very little practical advice. So many times she told me to think a certain way but didn't give me any concrete examples of how or why or when I would do such a thing! Must read more!
Greg Belanger
Good book, lots of examples and tips. I especially enjoyed the breakdown by demographics. My generation 45-65 are the thinkers, we think better at our age. We think better in comparison to when we were 20 or 30. Some brain tips; use integrated reasoning and synthesis, dont just watch a movie, describe the message, its deeper meaning for you. Dont just attend meetings, synthesize the outcome and context, key decisions. Doing this daily increases cognitive capacity, helps the brain become healthie ...more
Very good information; it can change your life. Starts off quite slow. Really good stuff is in Section 3 and later, so don't give up.
I did like it. I did skim a bit because it got a bit too much into the lives of people. Yes, I understand those are examples I just didn't want to read them. I was more curious on how to do things rather than read about other people's declining mental health. I like the last chapter best, it gave a good summary of the important things.
I took notes from this book. This is one I would like to add to my permanent (real-life) shelves. It is full of information everyone needs to know about building cognitive reserves and to stop worrying so much about memory decline. Or do something about it.
Josh Tatum
Not the best writing, but the ideas are important and get conveyed well. The book sticks to big ideas rather than getting into details of brain health, so additional resources are necessary. It's worth the read for anyone with a brain.
Katrina Sark
"A relaxed brain allows the frontal brain regions to connect seemingly disparate and distant information to create novel solutions."
Pam Holcomb
I could read this book every week and learn something new. This woman is a genius! I plan to purchase this book for my shelves.
Rose G
Sep 11, 2014 Rose G added it
must read if you are interested in becoming more productive
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“Know Brainers Brainpower of none: When you hit a mental wall, quiet your mind to regain brain energy and find fresh solutions. Learn to use silence to solve perplexing problems and think deeply. Brainpower of one: Work on one thing at a time. Sequential-task instead of multitask. Secondly, strategically block a large percentage of incoming information and consciously know what to select. Brainpower of two: Every day identify and dedicate the majority of time to your two most important “elephant” tasks.” 0 likes
“Track your own multitasking. For three days do the following: • Chart the length of time per day you are able to focus on one and only one task without doing another single thing at the same time. • Note how many tasks you work on longer than fifteen minutes without interruption. • Note how many sidesteps arose because you were multitasking or allowing yourself to be pulled off task by distractions. • Be aware that one of the major culprits to multitasking is the abundance of thoughts that fill your mind while you are doing something else.” 0 likes
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