Did you know that listening to music tunes up your brain? Or that certain foods can help maintain mental fitness? Or that exercise can keep both body and mind in good shape? Delving into the science behind these strategies, Brain: The Complete Mind goes even deeper to reveal the brain's inner workings.
Overseen by distinguished neuropsychiatrist Dr. Richard Restak, Brain is both a practical owner's manual and a complete guide to the brain's development and function. Its pages explore not only the brain's physical formits 100 billion nerve cells and near-infinite network of synapsesbut also its interactions that regulate every thought and action. Brain features the latest discoveries about improving and optimizing mental acuity right alongside sidebars on breakthrough moments in neuroscience. Explained here also are the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the brain, addressed in accessible, engaging language.
Combining the latest advances in our understanding of the mind-body connection and ongoing research into such diseases as dementia, depression, and PTSD, Brain: The Complete Mind is an indispensable guide to mens sana in corpore sanoa sound mind in a sound bodyat every stage of life.
352 pages, 240 color photographs and illustrations
Michael S. Sweeney is chair of the Journalism Department at Logan State University in Utah. He is the author of several books including National Geographic Complete Survival Manual.
Richard Restak, M.D. is a neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor at George Washington University. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Brain and the host for the acclaimed PBS series The Brain.
This looks like an awesome book and I'd love to read it, but it weights over 5 pounds. Since I have both arthritis and multiple sclerosis I'm going to have to jury-rig a platform high enough and sturdy enough to support it where I can see it. I most sincerely hope National Geographic will consider making an electronic version of this book, perhaps even with a subscription for updates when new information becomes available in the fast-evolving field of brain research. Aside: I believe 21st Century science books, especially textbooks, can easily be outdated before or shortly after they're published so I'm hoping electronic textbooks and science books will take advantage of the technology that can keep excellent resources up to date.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend