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Book club discussion guide: 10 questions to work on our collective brain fitness

amBook: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness by Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg.

The goal of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness is to inform readers and to stimulate valuable conversations. You can use these book club discussion questions to help your book club, friends or colleagues delve deeper into the topics discussed in The SharpBrains Guide and, along the way, contribute to our collective brain fitness and cognitive health.

Suggested Questions to Kickstart the Discussion

  1. What have you been doing over the last couple of years to help maintain your brain in top shape?
  2. Please describe what you have learned about your brain that has surprised you the most.
  3. Before reading this book, what did you think about what “Use It or Lose It” mean? And what do you think now?
  4. Why do we, as a society, often pay more attention to car maintenance (cleaning, check-ups, gas, oil changes) than to how to maintain our brains in good shape? Will this change, and why or why not?
  5. What are some of the main mental abilities to nurture beyond memory? And why may doing so result in a better memory?
  6. What interviews did you enjoy the most? Why do some scientists say things that seem to contradict what other scientists say?
  7. Is the brain value of doing 25 crossword puzzles different depending on whether those are our first ever 25 puzzles or whether we already have done 10,000 puzzles before? Why?
  8. What are some types of mental exercise or brain training, and what may they be best for?
  9. Do you feel better equipped now to understand, compare and evaluate the claims of different products? How could this guide be improved?
  10. How can this emerging field of brain fitness affect the way you perform your job in the future?

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–> Learn More and Order The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (May 2009, $14.95), by Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg.

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