Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better

Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better

by Wendy Suzuki, Billie Fitzpatrick


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A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory, and cognitive abilities.

Nearing forty, Dr. Wendy Suzuki was at the pinnacle of her career. An award-winning university professor and world-renowned neuroscientist, she had tenure, her own successful research lab, prestigious awards, and international renown.

That’s when to celebrate her birthday, she booked an adventure trip that forced her to wake up to a startling reality: despite her professional success, she was overweight, lonely, and tired and knew that her life had to change.  Wendy started simply—by going to an exercise class. Eventually, she noticed an improvement in her memory, her energy levels, and her ability to work quickly and move from task to task easily. Not only did Wendy begin to get fit, but she also became sharper, had more energy, and her memory improved.  Being a neuroscientist, she wanted to know why.

What she learned transformed her body and her life. Now, it can transform yours.

Wendy discovered that there is a biological connection between exercise, mindfulness, and action. With exercise, your body feels more alive and your brain actually performs better.  Yes—you can make yourself smarter. In this fascinating book, Suzuki makes neuroscience easy to understand, interweaving her personal story with groundbreaking research, and offering practical, short exercises—4 minute Brain Hacks—to engage your mind and improve your memory, your ability to learn new skills, and function more efficiently.

Taking us on an amazing journey inside the brain as never before, Suzuki helps us unlock the keys to neuroplasticity that can change our brains, or bodies, and, ultimately, our lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062366795
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 320,858
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Wendy Suzuki, PhD, runs an interactive research lab at New York University, where her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and is regularly interviewed in the media. She lectures nationally and internationally on her research and serves as a reviewer for many of the top neuroscience journals. She lives in New York City.

Billie Fitzpatrick has coauthored numerous books, including several New York Times bestsellers. She specializes in mind-body health, neuroscience, nutrition, and diet and fitness.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 How a Geeky Girl Fell in Love with the Brain: The Science of Neuroplasticity and Enrichment 9

2 Solving the Mysteries of Memory: How Memories Are Formed and Retained 41

3 The Mystery of Memory Hits Home: Memories Mean More than Neurons 61

4 Chunky No More: Reconnecting My Brain with My Body and Spirit 79

5 The Birth of an Idea: How Does Exercise Really Affect the Brain? 107

6 Spandex in the Classroom: Exercise Can Make You Smarter 135

7 I Stress, You Stress, We All Stress!: Challenging the Neurobiology of Stress Response 163

8 Making Your Brain Smile: Your Brain's Reward System 187

9 The Creative Brain: Sparking Insight and Divergent Thinking 213

10 Meditation and the Brain: Getting Still and Moving It Forward 237

Final Note 269

Acknowledgments 271

References 273

Index 295

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