Over the last 2,000 years, our understanding of how the human body works, why it works, and how to fix it when it stops working has come a long way. Much of this understanding has come on in great leaps in the last hundred or so years. Medical science and the more recent branches of medicine, like psychology, have all contributed to a whole new understanding of how our bodies work and the ways in which our internal organs function.
Until recently, however, one organ and its functions remained elusive: the brain. Whether your brain can be repaired or not really depends on the scientific stance that you take. However, there is more and more evidence that mental and physical stimulation can result in better memory, concentration, and speed at completing tasks. That means that there is every reason to keep your brain active by training it in different ways.
As humans, we've used these amazing "supercomputers" to get us to the moon and beyond, but back here on Earth, just how those organs function is not fully understood. Advances in scanning technology have begun to change all that, although it's still in the very early days as far as understanding the complexities of the human brain. One surprising find in recent years has been the discovery of a new concept known as neuroplasticity - in layman's terms, the plastic nature of the brain!
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"Introduction to sharpening your skills"
TARGET AUDIENCE: Someone looking for a quick and simple introduction to improving their mental skills. Although built on scientific studies, it does not reference as many studies as I would like. A lot of good ideas, but does not always reference where the ideas came from. This is a perfect book for someone looking for basic information.
PROFANITY AND SEX: None, thank you. Appropriate for all ages.
NARRATOR: Very pleasant voice.
OVERALL: Enjoyed the book, and happy to recommend it. Overall I gave it 4/5 stars,
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"Feels kind of crammed"
I thought this provided a good brief summary of some very good advice, mixed with a few terrible ideas. Recommending small amounts of caffeine for everybody is not a good idea. Drinking alcohol for the antioxidants to help your brain is not a good idea. These can both help some and wreck up the brain of others depending on their body. I did like the reminder to sleep adequately and exercise though i would have loved some actual stats on those. I do recommend this book in conjunction with other research to do what is best for you. I received this book free for an honest review through audiobook boom.
Some great tips, tricks and exercises in here. Nice and informative. Well laid out with good explanations as to why and how things work.
The narrator did a good job and was pleasant to listen to.
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Very Interesting & useful information. The speaker wasn't boring to listen to. I listened it while at work and the majority of the information applies.
I thought this was a great little audiobook. Almost like a workbook. Right up my alley as far as brevity and skipping over boring stats and studies. A touch of common sense needed as far as which exercises and suggestions to try out. Just as no one supplement is good for every person the same goes for some of these suggestions. I would like this in print so it would be easier to refer back to, plus for my brain seeing and hearing is better.
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"Great Way to Sharpen the Brain"
In general provided a great introduction to sharpening brain skills, and honing in on our ability to increase memory.
It was fluid and free flowing providing an excellent listen.
Better memory processing and utilization.
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"I enjoyed this book"
This is a short, but effective book about simple ways to keep your brain sharp and challenged. It offers a variety of tools you can use in a variety of setting to keep your brain strong. Your brain is like a muscle, so the more constant and varied your "training" can be, the more likely you are to keep it strong and healthy. This audio does a good job providing simple approaches to keep your brain fit, although at times it can be a little repetitive in its message. The narration was pretty good. Nice voice that fits well with the subject matter. Overall a good quick, simple, and informative listen.
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I enjoyed this book very much. At first I thought it was going to be too basic for me, since I have more knowledge about the brain than the average person as it has been an area of interest to me for a long time and I am up on the latest research. If you are interested in brain science, this is a great starter.
What I wasn't expecting was all the great tips on how to exercise the brain. Some I knew, like puzzles,sodoku, learning new language etc. But this book gives you little things you can do every day, several different times a day to sharpen you brain. A couple of examples-1) changing the font on your computer makes your brain rewire just a bit to adjust.2) reciting the alphabet backwards 3) Get off the key board and start writing things down as this helps the average person's memory.
You always hear physical exercise helps keep the brain fit. He gives a the very simple straightforward reason why this is so.
Rich McVicar is great with the narration. His clear voice is calm and reassuring and it was a pleasure to listen to him.
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"Good foundation of basics for a beginner."
This audio book is great for someone new to the concept of brain training. There where a lot of tips and techniques provided. Some techniques where obvious ones like doing puzzles etc and some not so obvious like chewing gum for example. The last few chapters felt repetitive and without the repetition the book would've been maybe 30 mins shorter. Lastly, the narrator did an excellent job on this book. He read clearly and his voice was pleasant to listen to for the duration of the book.
This book is very informational. The tips and recommendations are valuable. Loved how the science was built into this.
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