The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well (Hardback)Daniel Levitin (author)
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Challenging widely held assumptions about the diminishing abilities of an ageing brain, leading neuroscientist Daniel Levitin argues that we should view getting older as a beneficial experience rather than a form of cognitive entropy. Persuasively argued and consistently surprising, The Changing Mind will alter your perception of the relationship between age and intellect.
We have long been encouraged to think of old age as synonymous with deterioration. Yet, recent studies show that our decision-making skills improve as we age and our happiness levels peak in our eighties. What really happens to our brains as we get older?
More of us are living into our eighties than ever before. In The Changing Mind, neuroscientist, psychologist and internationally-bestselling author Daniel Levitin invites us to dramatically shift our understanding of growing older, demonstrating its many cognitive benefits. He draws on cutting-edge research to challenge common and flawed beliefs, including assumptions around memory loss and the focus on lifespan instead of 'healthspan'.
Levitin reveals the evolving power of the human brain from infancy to late adulthood. Distilling the findings from over 4000 papers, he explains the importance of personality traits, lifestyle, memory and community on ageing, offering actionable tips that we can all start now, at any age.
Featuring compelling insights from individuals who have thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book offers realistic guidelines and practical cognition-enhancing tricks for everyone to follow during every decade of their life. This is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 36 mm
'Comprehensive and fascinating insight into the evolving human brain. It could change your life' - Professor Stephen Westaby, author of Fragile Lives
'The book is replete with curious facts' - The Times
'An uplifting exploration of the brain, and how it does not age as we often fear' - Camilla Cavendish, author of Extra Time
'Daniel Levitin's refreshing perspective on ageing will change your opinion on this unique phase of life and challenge the 'slowing down' stereotype. Using a scientific and thoroughly engaging approach, Levitin convinces us that with medical advances alongside positive lifestyle changes described in this book, we can all look forward to older age as a fulfilling and exciting chapter in our lives' - Dr Rupy Aujla, author of The Doctor's Kitchen
'If you're planning to age, read this book. Wise, sensitive, and insightful, Levitin shares the tools that allow you to optimize the process' - David Eagleman, author of The Brain
'A wise, insightful, and beautifully-written book on how we can navigate the waters of time. Helpful for readers at any age.' - Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
'Predictions are perilous, but here's one I can make with certainty: Tomorrow you and I will be older than we are today. That's why you, I, and everyone we know needs this remarkable book. With a scientist's rigour and a storyteller's flair, Daniel Levitin offers a fresh approach to growing older. He debunks the idea that ageing inevitably brings infirmity and unhappiness and instead offers a trove of practical, evidence-based guidance for living longer and better. The Changing Mind is an essential book for the rest of your life.' - Daniel H. Pink
'A compelling primer on our amazingly dynamic brains and the steps we can all take to harness that potential' - Dr Rahul Jandial, author of Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon
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