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The Complete Mind: How It Develops, How It Works, and How to Keep It Sharp

By Michael S. Sweeney; Richard M. Restak (Foreword by)

National Geographic Society, Hardcover, 9781426205477, 342pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2009

Did you know that listening to music tunes up your brain? Or that certain foods can help maintain mental fitness? Or that exercise can keep both body and mind in good shape? Delving into the science behind these strategies, "Brain" goes even deeper to reveal the brain's inner workings.
Overseen by distinguished neuropsychiatrist Dr. Richard Restak, "Brain"is both a practical owner's manual and a complete guide to the brain's development and function. Its pages explore not only the brain's physical formits 100 billion nerve cells and near-infinite network of synapsesbut also its interactions that regulate every thought and action. "Brain"features the latest discoveries about improving and optimizing mental acuity right alongside sidebars on breakthrough moments in neuroscience. Explained here also are the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the brain, addressed in accessible, engaging language.
Combining the latest advances in our understanding of the mind-body connection and ongoing research into such diseases as dementia, depression, and PTSD, "Brain"is an indispensable guide to "mens sana in corpore sano"at every stage of life.

About the Author
Michael S. Sweeney is chair of the Journalism Department at Logan State University in Utah. He is the author of several books including "National Geographic Complete Survival Manual."

Richard Restak, M.D. is a neuropsychiatrist and clinical professor at George Washington University. He is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Brain" and the host for the acclaimed PBS series "The Brain."