The Changing Mind

The Changing Mind : A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Everyone we know needs this remarkable book ... An essential book for the rest of your life' Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive

'The secrets of ageing well ... a serious, evidence-based guide to what really works and why' Sunday Times
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We have long been encouraged to think of old age as synonymous with deterioration. Yet, recent studies show that our decision-making skills improve as we age and our happiness levels peak in our eighties. What really happens to our brains as we get older?

More of us are living into our eighties than ever before. In The Changing Mind, neuroscientist, psychologist and internationally-bestselling author Daniel Levitin invites us to dramatically shift our understanding of growing older, demonstrating its many cognitive benefits. He draws on cutting-edge research to challenge common and flawed beliefs, including assumptions around memory loss and the focus on lifespan instead of 'healthspan'.

Levitin reveals the evolving power of the human brain from infancy to late adulthood. Distilling the findings from over 4000 papers, he explains the importance of personality traits, lifestyle, memory and community on ageing, offering actionable tips that we can all start now, at any age.

Featuring compelling insights from individuals who have thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book offers realistic guidelines and practical cognition-enhancing tricks for everyone to follow during every decade of their life. This is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 29mm | 583g
  • Penguin Life
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241379393
  • 9780241379394
  • 31,384

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The secrets of ageing well ... Daniel Levitin is a distinguished American neuroscientist and this is a serious, evidence-based guide to what really works and why Sunday Times
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An uplifting exploration of the brain, and how it does not age as we often fear * Camilla Cavendish, author of 'Extra Time' * A compelling primer on our amazingly dynamic brains and the steps we can all take to harness that potential * Dr Rahul Jandial, author of 'Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon' * Predictions are perilous, but here's one I can make with certainty: Tomorrow you and I will be older than we are today. That's why you, I, and everyone we know needs this remarkable book. With a scientist's rigour and a storyteller's flair, Daniel Levitin offers a fresh approach to growing older. He debunks the idea that ageing inevitably brings infirmity and unhappiness and instead offers a trove of practical, evidence-based guidance for living longer and better. The Changing Mind is an essential book for the rest of your life. * Daniel H. Pink, author of 'When' and 'Drive' * A wise, insightful, and beautifully-written book on how we can navigate the waters of time. Helpful for readers at any age. * Daniel Gilbert, author of 'Stumbling on Happiness' * If you're planning to age, read this book. Wise, sensitive, and insightful, Levitin shares the tools that allow you to optimize the process * David Eagleman, author of 'The Brain' * This is a book that can make things feel a whole lot brighter * Big Issue * Daniel Levitin's refreshing perspective on ageing will change your opinion on this unique phase of life and challenge the 'slowing down' stereotype. Using a scientific and thoroughly engaging approach, Levitin convinces us that with medical advances alongside positive lifestyle changes described in this book, we can all look forward to older age as a fulfilling and exciting chapter in our lives * Dr Rupy Aujla, author of The Doctor's Kitchen * Delivers welcome news about the ageing brain: it is happier, quicker and often much healthier than you may imagine * New Scientist * Neuroscientist Levitin delves into the multiple-trace theory of memory, the ageing microbiome, fats and the brain, the impacts of neural implants, and the joys of non-retirement. A clear-eyed, insightful overview of the neurophysiological healthspan * Nature * The idea that your mind has to decline with age is false - and there is plenty we can do to keep it sharp * Telegraph * None of us can afford to ignore Daniel Levitin's The Changing Mind ... The good news is that it's not all downhill: according to Levitin our decision-making skills and happiness levels actually increase in later life * New Statesman * Comprehensive and fascinating insight into the evolving human brain. This book could change your life * Professor Stephen Westaby, author of 'Fragile Lives' * Optimistic in tone ... Levitin loves to tell stories ... he's a good companion * Evening Standard * A fact-filled and optimistic guide to ageing well ... Levitin is an invaluable kind of scientist ... The Changing Mind is replete with curious facts ... Optimism is a life-preserver. His book bubbles with it. Levitin makes a strong case for the consolations if not the joys of age -- John Sutherland * The Times * The secrets of ageing well ... Daniel Levitin is a distinguished American neuroscientist and this is a serious, evidence-based guide to what really works and why * Sunday Times *
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About Daniel Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He is founding dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics. He divides his time between Montreal and California.
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