256 pages, 7.73 × 5.09 × 0.69 in
February 22, 2011
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143118870
ISBN - 13: 9780143118879
About the Book
Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Stauch explores the latest findings that demonstrate how the middle-aged brain is more flexible and capable than previously thought.
From the Publisher
A leading science writer examines how our brains improve in middle age.
Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Barbara Strauch explores the latest findings that demonstrate how the middle-aged brain is more flexible and capable than previously thought. In fact, new research from neuroscientists and psychologists suggests that the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions, and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age. We recognize patterns faster, make better judgments, and find unique solutions to problems. Part scientific survey, part how-to guide, The Secret Life of the Grown- up Brain is a fascinating glimpse at our surprisingly talented middle-aged minds.
About the Author
Barbara Strauch is the medical science editor at The New York Times and the author of The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids. She previously directed Pulitzer Prize-winning news at Newsday.
Praise for The Primal Teen by Barbara Strauch "Provocative...A contender for every parent's reading list." -Newsday "Upends the longstanding belief that the teenage brain is largely complete, concluding instead that it is undergoing dramatic changes that can help explain what appears to be a gap between intelligence and judgement." -The Hartford Courant "This is such a smart book...Barbara Strauch acts as a world-class guide to a mysterious place, taking us on a journey through the teenage brain and making sense of the scenery. In turns funny, curious, explanatory, vivid, she does an absolutely compelling job of helping us to understand our children-and ourselves." -Deborah Blum, author of Love at GoonPark: Hanny Harlow and the Science of Affection "Through interviews with parents, physicians, neuroscientists, and teens, Strauch has compiled impressive insights about the nature of being a teen or the parent of one." -Science News "Entertaining as well as informative." -Teacher magazine "An intriguing look at cutting-edge studies that now tell us the brain is not finished growing in a child's early years but continues into the teens." -The Plain Dealer "Can knowing more about the teenager's brain help us to understand the teenager's behavior? Can an account of the neuroscience of adolescence be lively and readable? Barbara Strauch provides convincing evidence that the answer to both questions is yes." -Judith Rich Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption: Why Chi