The Changing Mind, by Daniel Levitin
The Changing Mind, by Daniel Levitin, is about the plasticity of the brain - the same topic as in another book we discussed, The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge. In this book, however, the focus is on the changes that happen as the brain ages, as indicated by the subtitle: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well. This sounds a bit like a self-help guide (think positive and all that), but Levitin is a neurologist and the book is not just a guide, but a very good description of the changes in our brain, according to the lates research. Written with narrative verve, the four hundred pages of the main text are supplemented by more than seventy pages of notes and reference to research article, making this not just a riveting read, but a good reference book for those interested in research. Here is a good review:
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