Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out

Provides a collection of essays written by a retired psychologist on his transformation and deterioration after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Richard Taylor, Ph.D., Health Professions Press, 2008

The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain – The Surprising Talents of the Middle- Aged Mind

Explores some of the trials, but focuses on the triumphs of the middle-aged brain.

Barbara Strauch, Viking Penguin, 2010

Brain Rules

Sheds light on how knowledge of brain sciences can influence learning, teaching and working.

John Medina, Pear Press, 2008

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

A 37-year old neuroanatomist experiences a massive stroke and shares the story of her brain’s sudden deterioration and gradual recovery.

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., Viking Books, 2008

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Explores ‘neuroplasticity’; how our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains.

Norman Doidge, M.D., James H. Silberman Books, 2007

The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain

Examines current scientific research and case studies to uncover the opportunities for mental growth, positive change and enhanced creativity as we age.

Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Basic Books, 2006

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

Illustrates seven types of everyday memory failures including absentmindedness and suggestibility as well as the adaptive qualities of these limitations.

Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D., Mariner Books, 2002

The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger as Your Brain Grows Older

Explores the aging brain and how older people can have increased capacity for wisdom-based decisions.

Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., Penguin Group USA, 2006

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

Reviews pioneering research in brain plasticity that challenges the traditional scientific view that the brain’s ‘hardware’ cannot be changed.

Sharon Begley, Ballantine Books, 2007