ILA3 ENGL102

brainfoodBrain Rules

Brain Rules is a book that lays out the foundation for maximizing the cognitive potential of both youth and elder alike. Its author, John Medina, is the founding director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research and the Talaris Research Institute. Though Dr. Medina’s book does not directly address nutritional intake or which colored donut will negatively impact your health the least, one of the twelve rules his work addresses is exercise. Considering that the section in question calls upon the impact of a lifetime’s practice of regular exercise and how that affects cognitive activity and flow in later life, I thought it would be pertinent to tackling diseases and mental health issues that stem from old age and a sedentary lifestyle.

 

Think Smart: A Neuroscientist’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance

In a similar vein, this book lists its ideas on improving and caring for the most powerful organ of the body. Unlike the aforementioned novel, this one specifically states what foods should and should not be consumed to maximize cognitive function. Moreover, it speaks on the topics of nutritional supplements and obesity, subjects implied but not touched upon in the previous work. The author, Richard Renstak, M.D., is a renowned neuroscientist and neuropsychologist, a clinical professor of neurology at the George Washington University’s Medical Center, and has written over 18 acclaimed books, including Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot and Poe’s Heart and the Mountain Climber.

 

The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Mental Performance at All Ages

The cream of the crop, the Owner’s Manual for the Brain is by far the most in-depth of the novels and most informative of the blogger’s current library. Expanding on the ideas of the second selection, the work takes case studies and anecdotes that brilliantly demonstrate just how much what foods you eat can affect how you live and act. At the end of each chapter, the author kindly provides examples of studies where the ideas written pages before have been put under the figurative litmus test of the scientific method. Professor Howard utilized evidence to support his methods for crafting the best mind for anybody and everybody.

 

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