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Brain Plasticity, Health and Fitness Books

As you may have noticed, we just changed a few things in our site, including preparing a more solid Resources section. Please take a look at the navigation bar at the top.

One of the new pages, that we will update often, is an expanded Books page. Here are the books that we are recommending now.

Fascinating books on neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to rewire itself through experience):

Sharon Begley: Train Your Mind, Change Your BrainTrain Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves – by Sharon Begley.


The Brain That Changes Itself - Norman DoidgeThe Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science – by Norman Doidge.


Great popular science books by our Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor:

The Executive Brain by Elkhonon GoldbergThe Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind – by Elkhonon Goldberg (Interview notes here).



Elkhonon Goldberg-The Wisdom ParadoxThe Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older – by Elkhonon Goldberg.



User-friendly scientific books on the brain:

Best of the Brain form Scientific AmericanBest of the Brain from Scientific American: Mind, Matter, and Tomorrow’s Brain by Floyd E. Bloom (Review here).



John Ratey: A User Guide to the BrainA User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain – by John J. Ratey.



Eric Kandel: In Search of MemoryIn Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind – by Eric Kandel.



Rita Carter: mapping the MindMapping the Mind – by Rita Carter.




V. S. Ramachandran: Phantoms in the BrainPhantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind – by V. S. Ramachandran.



Robert Sapolsky: Why Zebras Don't Have UlcersWhy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide To Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping – by Robert M. Sapolsky.



On how to apply all this to education and learning:

Marian Diamond: Magic Trees of the MindMagic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child’s Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence – by Marian Diamond and Janet Hopson.


Art of Changing the Brain- James Zull

The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning – by James Zull (Interview notes here).



On how to apply cognitive and positive psychology to solve other real-world problems:

Thanks-by Robert EmmonsThanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier – by Robert Emmons (Interview notes here).



Beck Diet SolutionThe Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person – by Judith Beck (Interview notes here).



Enhancing Trader Performance- Brett SteenbargerEnhancing Trader Performance: Proven Strategies From the Cutting Edge of Trading Psychology – by Brett Steenbarger (Interview Notes here).


With a health/medical angle:

Brain Trust Program- Larry McClearyThe Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan – by Larry McCleary (Author essay here).



Gary Small: The Memory PrescriptionThe Memory Prescription: Dr. Gary Small’s 14-Day Plan to Keep Your Brain and Body Young – by Gary Small.



Brain Longevity- Dharma Singh KhalsaBrain Longevity: The Breakthrough Medical Program that Improves Your Mind and Memory – by Dharma Singh Khalsa.


Reference manual:

Dana Guide Brain HealthThe Dana Guide to Brain Health: A Practical Family Reference from Medical Experts by Floyd E. Bloom, M. Flint Beal, and David J. Kupfer (Review here).


Good combination of information and activities:

David Gamon: Building Mental MuscleBuilding Mental Muscle: Conditioning Exercises for the Six Intelligence Zones – by David Gamon and Allen D. Bragdon.



For other brain-related books, The Dana Foundation offers a comprehensive annotated list. And remember you can download our complimentary eBook by clicking on the title and subscribing to our free monthly newsletter:

Brain Fitness 101- Elkhonon Goldberg and Alvaro Fernandez

Brain Fitness 101 eGuide – by Elkhonon Goldberg and Alvaro Fernandez.


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