The Brain Health Book: Using the Power of Neuroscience to Improve Your Life (Hardcover)
Easy-to-understand science-based strategies to maximize your brain’s potential.
Concerns about memory and other thinking skills are common, particularly in middle age and beyond. Due to worries about declining brain health, some seek out dubious products or supplements purportedly designed to improve memory and other cognitive abilities. Fortunately, scientific research has uncovered a clear- cut set of evidence- based activities and lifestyle choices that are inexpensive or free and known to promote brain and cognitive functioning.
Dr. John Randolph translates this science in an engaging and accessible way, including the brain- boosting effects of exercise, social activity, mental stimulation, task management strategies, nutrition, and positive self-care. Interwoven with lessons from neuroscience, positive psychology, social and clinical psychology, and habit formation research are powerful self- coaching exercises designed to help the reader incorporate lifestyle changes that promote brain health.
About the Author
John Randolph, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, brain health coach and consultant, and member of the adjunct faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He works with individuals, groups, and organizations interested in developing better strategies to enhance brain health. Learn more at https://engagedbrain.com.
How does exercise potentially prevent Alzheimer's disease? What type of memory problems should concern us as we age? What memory strategies actually work? Dr. Randolph has created an accessible practical guide to improving brain health. Quizzes, case examples, myth-busting, and a user-friendly dive into relevant neuroscience make this an enjoyable, life-altering read.
— Karen Postal, PhD, ABPP, Neuropsychologist, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
This book provides everything you need to know about preserving cognitive capacity as you age. Dr. Randolph has reviewed massive amounts of relevant research, translated it into a language everyone can understand, and extracted the important take-aways that allow the reader to convert words into action. I found particularly helpful the last chapter that summarizes the science of habit formation. This book does not over-promise (a pet peeve of mine when I look at self-help books), but gives the reader a blueprint for how to go about making lifestyle changes that can have significant impact on brain health.
— Peg Dawson, EdD, Staff Psychologist, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmouth, NH
[A] great book for the layperson setting out to address brain issues...I would certainly endorse and recommend this book to all and sundry, of all ages, and to fledgling psychologists who need to motivate and inspire resolve to change in their clients to make a difference, early on in life, to their brain health.
In The Brain Health Book, Dr. Randolph translates the latest scientific research into accessible language and provides a practical guide for maintaining and improving cognitive health. An impressive array of approaches are addressed such as cognitive strategies and a variety of lifestyle factors. Importantly, helpful suggestions are offered for translating this knowledge into action, which can be challenging for any of us. With this book, Dr. Randolph empowers us, whether young or old, to take control of our cognitive health.
— Robert M. Roth, PhD, ABPP, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Director, Adult Neuropsychology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Interested in maintaining brain health? Looking for ways to keep your memory strong? This book provides a summary of how the brain works and how brain functioning changes as we age. Dr. Randolph reviews the latest research on brain health in an easily understandable way and provides clear and practical strategies that anyone can, and should, use to keep their brain working at its best. I highly recommend this book to my friends, patients, and colleagues.
— Tresa Roebuck Spencer, PhD, ABPP, Past President, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychologist, Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group, Houston, TX
For far too long, our understanding of brain function has focused on pathology. In this timely contribution, Dr. Randolph opens new horizons for scientists, practitioners, and the public by reframing our existing knowledge about the mysteries of the brain by focusing on wellness. This new frontier of brain health is presented to us in an engaging and accessible manner. In this time of the pandemic, there is no better book to bring us a fresh perspective to our new and complicated world.
— Antonio E. Puente, PhD, 125th President of the American Psychological Association, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington