Make Your Brain Smarter
Increase Your Brain's Creativity, Energy, and Focus
Publication Date: December 2012
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The most powerful, most staggeringly complex machine ever created is all in your head. Our brain is the most adaptable, modifiable organ in our body, and yet it is the organ we most likely give the least attention. Many individuals who are concerned with having a physically fit body stop their “workout” at the neck. In the past five years brain scientists have discovered much more about how the brain works, including that it can be trained to perform better than ever before. You are never too young or too old to adopt healthy brain habits that strengthen the brain’s capacity to think smarter.
In Make Your Brain Smarter, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman introduces you to the very latest research in brain science and shows you how to tailor a program to fit your own needs. In this all-inclusive book, Dr. Chapman delivers a comprehensive “fitness” plan that you can use to “exercise” your way to a healthier brain.
You will find scientifically proven strategies to train deep, insightful, and strategic thinking. You will discover why memory is not the most important measure of brain function, why IQ is an outdated, misleading index of brain potential, and how to become a higher brain performer.
Make Your Brain Smarter is the ultimate guide for keeping your brain fit at every age. You will learn why age is not the culprit behind brain slippage, why your brain does not have to deteriorate, why your best brain years can be ahead of you, and how to maximize brainpower across the life span. Whether you are a Boomer-age “thinker” or a Millennial-era “finder,” Make Your Brain Smarter will help you take charge of your frontal lobe command center, in order to create and challenge yourself to achieve the bright and vibrant brain that you crave, and to be a more creative, more articulate, and more energetic thinker.
Brain performance is the last, most urgent, and most significant frontier of human performance. Now is the time to put your brain at the center of your health habits. Live young and live long with a brain whose assets can continue to grow more valuable when you take the health challenge to keep your brain fit every day.
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, is a Distinguished University Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. With more than thirty years of innovative discovery, she is recognized as a leading thinker in transforming how people, young and old, can build a smarter brain.
"I don't want to grow old and feel bad, either physically or mentally. That's why I exercise my body and my brain daily. I'm well into my eighties. I know that half my life is over, and that keeping my brain challenged is more important than ever. Thanks to the pioneering brain research being done by Dr. Sandi Chapman, we can have healthy and productive minds for far longer than we might have imagined."
-T. Boone Pickens
‚eoeAs someone who strives to learn more, communicate more effectively, and be more productive,†and to strengthen my strategic thinking and creative innovation every single day, I wholeheartedly live by Sandi Chapman‚e(TM)s guide to making our brain smarter. The topic of brain health is critical to our future as we all want to continue to live strong, vibrant, impactful lives for as long as we possibly can.‚e
-Melissa Reiff, president of The Container Store
‚eoeAs an athlete, I always knew the importance of training my body for optimal performance. It wasn‚e(TM)t until I met Sandi Chapman that I learned that the same is true for my brain. It has eased my concerns about my future health after spending more than†ten years in the impact lifestyle of the NFL.‚e
-Daryl Johnston, former Dallas Cowboy, NFL commentator, and business leader
"The BrainHealth physical and the SMART program let me know how I could reach my full cognitive potential. These strategies revolutionized my life and could change the lives of millions. In the knowledge era, cognitive performance has never been more needed, but the distractions are great and growing. This book comes at the perfect time."
‚eoeSMART training truly changed my life. I can‚e(TM)t think of any other training I‚e(TM)ve had that has delivered benefits so quickly and deeply.‚e
-Laura Sanford, regional vice president, AT&T
‚eoeAfter partnering with Dr. Chapman, it was an eye-opener to see how easily brain health can be measured, and how important it is to maintain it at every age. Maximizing our cognitive functioning is attainable and an important step in making good decisions over the entire lifespan.‚e
-John Migliaccio, AVP and†Director of Research and Gerontology at MetLife Mature Market Institute
‚eoeI‚e(TM)ve had annual physicals for over†thirty years, so it made sense to check the top third of the body also. Taking the BrainHealth Physical gave me a sense of peace knowing that I had a baseline of my brain function and could measure any issues that arise in the future.‚e
-Lyda Hill, a philanthropreneur
‚eoeWhen I learned of the research of Dr. Sandi Chapman, I immediately realized her work could be transformational in accelerating the brain performance of employees at all ages. As the global leader of human resources, I am always looking for ways to expand the diverse talents of the different generational age groups that all too often go underdeveloped. Both companies and the individuals will be the beneficiaries of better brain health.‚e
-Cynthia Brinkley, Vice President of Global Human Resources, General Motors
‚eoeThe profoundly effective program outlined in Make Your Brain Smarter uses relatively simple and straightforward strategies to empower learners. The program allowed my son to believe in himself, created a level playing field for him to pursue his dreams, and utilized his talents without barrier deficits. We have seen a dramatic improvement in his brain performance, and I know the strategies will continue to have a positive impact on his life and continued success for years to come.‚e
-David Waldrep, entrepreneur and father whose son participated in teen high-performance brain training