Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy, and Focus (No Series)

The most powerful, most staggeringly complex machine ever created is all in your head. Our brain is the most adaptable, modifiable organ in our body, and yet it is the organ we most likely give the least attention. Many individuals who are concerned with having a physically fit body stop their “workout” at the neck. In the past five years brain scientists have discovered much more about how the brain works, including that it can be trained to perform better than ever before. You are never too young or too old to adopt healthy brain habits that strengthen the brain’s capacity to think smarter.

In Make Your Brain Smarter, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman introduces you to the very latest research in brain science and shows you how to tailor a program to fit your own needs. In this all-inclusive book, Dr. Chapman delivers a comprehensive “fitness” plan that you can use to “exercise” your way to a healthier brain.

You will find scientifically proven strategies to train deep, insightful, and strategic thinking. You will discover why memory is not the most important measure of brain function, why IQ is an outdated, misleading index of brain potential, and how to become a higher brain performer.

Make Your Brain Smarter is the ultimate guide for keeping your brain fit at every age. You will learn why age is not the culprit behind brain slippage, why your brain does not have to deteriorate, why your best brain years can be ahead of you, and how to maximize brainpower across the life span. Whether you are a Boomer-age “thinker” or a Millennial-era “finder,” Make Your Brain Smarter will help you take charge of your frontal lobe command center, in order to create and challenge yourself to achieve the bright and vibrant brain that you crave, and to be a more creative, more articulate, and more energetic thinker.

Brain performance is the last, most urgent, and most significant frontier of human performance. Now is the time to put your brain at the center of your health habits. Live young and live long with a brain whose assets can continue to grow more valuable when you take the health challenge to keep your brain fit every day.The most powerful, most staggeringly complex machine ever created is all in your head. Our brain is the most adaptable, modifiable organ in our body, and yet it is the organ we most likely give the least attention. Many individuals who are concerned with having a physically fit body stop their “workout” at the neck. In the past five years brain scientists have discovered much more about how the brain works, including that it can be trained to perform better than ever before. You are never too young or too old to adopt healthy brain habits that strengthen the brain’s capacity to think smarter.

In Make Your Brain Smarter, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman introduces you to the very latest research in brain science and shows you how to tailor a program to fit your own needs. In this all-inclusive book, Dr. Chapman delivers a comprehensive “fitness” plan that you can use to “exercise” your way to a healthier brain.

You will find scientifically proven strategies to train deep, insightful, and strategic thinking. You will discover why memory is not the most important measure of brain function, why IQ is an outdated, misleading index of brain potential, and how to become a higher brain performer.

Make Your Brain Smarter is the ultimate guide for keeping your brain fit at every age. You will learn why age is not the culprit behind brain slippage, why your brain does not have to deteriorate, why your best brain years can be ahead of you, and how to maximize brainpower across the life span. Whether you are a Boomer-age “thinker” or a Millennial-era “finder,” Make Your Brain Smarter will help you take charge of your frontal lobe command center, in order to create and challenge yourself to achieve the bright and vibrant brain that you crave, and to be a more creative, more articulate, and more energetic thinker.

Brain performance is the last, most urgent, and most significant frontier of human performance. Now is the time to put your brain at the center of your health habits. Live young and live long with a brain whose assets can continue to grow more valuable when you take the health challenge to keep your brain fit every day.

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  • D. Mason says:
    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Important Tool for Increasing Business Productivity, January 28, 2013
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    I bought this book out of curiosity and came away with a whole new understanding of what “smart” is. Once I realized that smart isn’t about IQ, but rather how you use and grow your brain’s frontal lobe connections, the exercises and processes detailed in the book became a real inspiration. Luminosity is fun and games, “SMART” is much deeper and more powerful. I honestly feel that I now have a method for continually developing my brain’s effectiveness regardless of age. An unexpected bonus was the section on each generation now in the workforce and how they each uniquely think and communicate. I never thought that the daily grind of managing communication/motivational issues in the workplace were so readily transparent and solvable. And finally, my daily productivity and energy levels have increased remarkedly now that I concentrate on “elephants” and no longer pride my self on multi-tasking. Excellent set of “tools” that every executive should know and share with staff.

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  • Shubha Chakravarthy says:
    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great concept, execution falls short, March 12, 2013
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    I am constantly on the lookout for ways to improve cognitive skills as a way to stay fresh, current and sharp at work and at home. Just to set the baseline, prior books I have read and liked on the topic include Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Doneand The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

    I bought this book after reading the glowing reviews and the sample pages in the preview. The book starts off with great promises and a very exciting premise – that cognitive skills or core executive function is a very distinct capability from mere intelligence or IQ, that there are three distinctive processes that lead to improved cognition, namely developing strategic brain habits, strengthening integrated reasoning skills, and improving creative or innovative thinking, and lastly, that there are specific practices you can follow to see a tangible improvement in your own level of core executive function.

    The first section of the book posits that the frontal lobe is the seat of executive intelligence and that this faculty can be improved. the second section is the core of the content and describes how to improve the three core processes of strengthening strategic brain habits, enhancing integrated reasoning and innovative thinking. The next the sections are special cases of the same principles, and talk about how these principles apply in different age cohorts, and in individuals with brain damage.

    So far so good. My big disappointment with the book was that there was less actionable content in the core section of the book that describes exactly what you are supposed to do to improve these processes. I think the author has a lot more content than she has included in the book, given that she is a respected researcher and provides fascinating nuggets of such actionable steps, as for example, on page 99 where she asks the reader to list ten themes from a historical passage, or provides case studies from her practice. However, too much space is devoted to why a certain process is important or what specific benefits accrue from improving it. My instinct was to say ‘Enough already. I KNOW that , that’s why I bought the book. Now can we get down to business please”, and yet I was left wanting at the end of the second section. She also falls into the trap of corporate-speak on several occasions, as for example, in this gem “Zoom deep and wide – Formulate broader novel applications with bold, deep, more strategic thinking”. Wow!That was inspiring but unfortunately left me few clues on steps 1,2, and 3 to enable me to do so…and this from the core section on enhancing integrated reasoning (Page 105 – the Know Brainer summary). I had the exact same sense of disappointment of great intentions and less-than-outstanding execution across the book. One can’t help getting the creeping suspicion that this book was written as brochure-ware to enhance credibility.

    All told, I give it three stars because at the very least for me it articulated clearly the difference between “smarts”, i.e. IQ and cognitive or core executive function. It also provided a useful framework in terms of the three core elements and some starter suggestions on how to improve them. I deduct two stars because I am still left the work of creating a very actionable plan starting tomorrow morning that I can use to significantly enhance these processes for myself in a meaningful way.

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