Keep Your Brain Alive by Lawrence Katz & Manning Rubin

Reviewed by Joanne K. Singleton, PhD, RN, CS, FNP
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"Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises" by Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin

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Neurobics? Yes, it is just what you are thinking, exercises for the brain to improve mental fitness. Many of the negative beliefs about how the brain ages, through advanced imaging technology and scientific study, are now considered to be myths. The foundation of this book is the work of the first author, Katz's, and internationally know neurobiology researcher.

Neurobics is a new intervention and therefore has yet to be proven through large clinical trials. It is, however scientifically grounded through the synthesis of new information on memory. This book offers an explanation of what neurobics is followed by a highly readable description of how the brain works, and the relationship between memory and the senses. This leads up to the basis of how Neurobics works. All in all it is logically presented, makes sense, and does not appear to have any risks.

The remainder of the book offers 83 Neurobic exercises that have the potential to "prevent memory loss and increase mental fitness." Neurobic exercises involve using the senses to stimulate the brain. Each of the 83 exercises are clearly written, easy to do, and actually fun. They certainly do require new and novel ways of engaging the senses.

About the Authors

Dr. Lawrence Katz is a professor of neurobiology and researcher at Duke University Medical Center. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. Manning Rubin, a former advertising executive at J. Walter Thompson, is now flexing his brain as Senior Creative Supervisor at K2 Design Inc. He lives in New York City.

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