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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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