|Photo of 19 C. brain maps photographed by Jhayne.|
Before reading scholarly articles about cutting-edge research, I want to read some of the major books on brain health, especially those that focus on neuroplasticity. I need a foundation of what's already been established and what is common knowledge among lay readers (non-experts).
Diane Ackerman (2011). A Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage and the Language of Healing. My Review
Ackerman creates a customized occupational therapy regime for her author husband that helps him recover from his stroke-induced aphasia.
Barbara Strauch (2010). The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind. My Review
Strauch takes material I read in textbook chapters about cognitive change over the lifespan and makes it more accessible for a lay reader.
Norman Doidge (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. My Review
Doidge shares stories about people with serious brain trouble who are healed because of the emerging research conducted by extraordinary neurologists.
Jill Bolte Taylor (2006). My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. My Review
Taylor is a brain biologist who suffered a stroke and recovered to write about the trauma and the triumph.
I had the good fortune of getting recommendations for some of the above books from these fellow midlife bloggers (in alphabetical order):
- Laura Lee Carter (Midlife Crisis Queen @MidlifeQueen)
- Ruth Curran (Cranium Crunches @CaptCruncher), author of Being Brain Healthy
- Donna Highfill (Dame Nation @DonnaHighfill)
- Pia Savage (Odd Girl In / Courting Destiny @piaSavage)
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Books about Dementia
Being Brain Healthy: Book Review
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