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Fascinating explanation of how the brain can change itself
on 12 October 2010
I have almost finished reading this book. The author's writing style is very good, clear and readable. She has carried out a lot of research in the relevant literature and via interviews with neuroscientists and buddhist meditators, and she organises and explains the subject matter very well. The book describes how the brain can be plastic and change even in adults, and how areas of the brain have been found to be able to acquire new functions.
I am interested in improving the performance of my mind and in staving off problems such as dementia. The book does emphasise that research appears to show the beneficial effects of meditation on the brain, and on one's level of happiness.
I found the book useful in that it showed me the value of constantly seeking new experiences and acquiring new skills, and in considering the benefits of meditation.
Overall, this is a very good and interesting book, which I rate very highly.
I also recommend John Ratey's book 'Spark', which describes how vigorous exercise causes the birth of new brain cells, can defeat depression and dementia, and help people control their lives better.