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Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performanceby Richard M. Restak
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In Think Smart, the renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Richard Restak details how each of us can improve and tone our body's most powerful organ: the brain.
As an expert on the brain, Restak knows that in the last five years there have been exciting new scientific discoveries about the brain and its performance. So he has asked his colleagues—among them the world's leading brain scientists and researchers—one important question: What can I do to help my brain work more efficiently? Their surprising and remarkably feasible answers are at the heart of Think Smart.
Dr. Restak combines advice culled from cutting-edge research with brain-tuning exercises to show how individuals of any age can make their brains work more effectively. In the same accessible prose that made Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot a New York Times bestseller, Restak presents a wide array of practical recommendations about a variety of topics, including the crucial role sleep plays in boosting creativity, the importance of honing sensory memory, and the neuron-firing benefits of certain foods.
In Think Smart, the man the Smithsonian Institution has called "wise, witty, and ethical" offers audiences helpful suggestions for fighting neurological decline that will put every listener on the path to building a healthier, more limber brain.
A leading neuroscientist and the bestselling author of Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot distills the latest research on the brain and serves up practical, surprising, and illuminating advice for warding off neurological decline, improving cognitive function, and encouraging smarter thinking day to day.
About the Author
Richard Restak, M.D., is an award-winning neuroscientist, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical professor of neurology at the George Washington University Medical Center. He is the bestselling author of eighteen acclaimed books about the brain, including The Brain, a companion to the PBS series of the same name; Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot; The Secret Life of the Brain; and The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own. Restak has also written articles for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other publications. A member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Neuropsychiatric Association, he lives in Washington, D.C. Arthur Morey has performed in theaters and cabarets in New York, Chicago, and Milan. He freelanced scripts for Paramount and ABC-TV and won awards for both plays and fiction. A former literary manager of Chicago's Body Politic Theatre, he taught acting at Fordham and writing at SUNY Rockland, Northwestern University, and the School of the Art Institute. He edited Viola Spolin for Northwestern University Press and later was managing editor at Renaissance Books in Los Angeles. Winner of a number AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated novels by John Irving, Nathan Englander, Richard Russo, and John Burnam Schwartz, as well as nonfiction by Kurt Eichenwald, John McCain, George Tenet, Deepak Chopra, Gay Talese, and others.
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