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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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