The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-22
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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A leading science writer examines how our brains improve in middle age. Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Barbara Strauch explores the latest findings that demonstrate how the middle-aged brain is more flexible and capable than previously thought. In fact, new research from neuroscientists and psychologists suggests that the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions, and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age. We recognize patterns faster, make better judgments, and find unique solutions to problems. Part scientific survey, part how-to guide, The Secret Life of the Grown- up Brainis a fascinating glimpse at our surprisingly talented middle-aged minds.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Changing Landscape of Middle Agep. xiii
The Powers That Be
Am I Losing My Mind?: Sometimes, but the Gains Beat the Lossesp. 3
The Best Brains of Our Lives: A Bit Slower, but So Much Betterp. 12
A Brighter Place: I'm So Glad I'm Not Young Anymorep. 28
Experience. Judgment. Wisdom.: Do We Really Know What We're Talking About?p. 41
The Middle in Motion: The Midlife Crisis Conspiracyp. 54
The Inner Workings
What Changes with Time: Glitches the Brain Learns to Deal Withp. 69
Two Brains Are Better Than One: Especially Inside One Headp. 91
Extra Brainpower: A Reservoir to Tap When Neededp. 104
Healthier Brains
Keep Moving and Keep Your Wits: Exercise Builds Brainsp. 125
Food for Thought: And a Few Other Substances, as Wellp. 144
The Brain Gym: Toning Up Your Circuitsp. 170
Epilogue: A New Place for Better, Longer Livesp. 191
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Sourcesp. 201
Indexp. 221
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