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Optimizing Brain Fitness

Narrated by: Richard Restak
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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With its up to 500 trillion synaptic connections, your brain is easily the most powerful machine in the world. Even more incredibly: This amazing machine is constantly changing through a process known as brain plasticity. And you can take advantage of this process to improve and enhance your brain’s jaw-dropping powers - at any age. 

Now, discover the secrets to increasing and expanding your brain’s power to meet everyday challenges and enhance the quality of your life with Optimizing Brain Fitness, an engaging 12-lecture course that shows you how to take advantage of the basic principles of brain operation and build the brain you want to live with for the rest of your life. Delivered by Dr. Richard Restak, an award-winning teacher, practicing neurologist, and professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, these lectures are packed with vital information and research-based exercises you can perform every day to tap into your hidden mental potential. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Not up to my standards for the Great Courses

I have some fairly high standards for the Great Courses and this simply does not meet them.

1. I expect the material to be in-depth, even if it is introductory. There is nothing to be gained from this course that could not be gained by reading a few articles on the topic from your average online science magazine or blog.

2. I am a huge fan of K. Anders Ericsson and I feel the treatment that his work received was particularly facile. The student could very easily be left drawing conclusions that Dr. Ericsson has repeatedly tried to dispel. It's not that Dr. Restak presented the material that was wrong, it's just that the holes left are likely to be filled with poorly drawn conclusions by many people. I know because I once drew those incorrect conclusions.

3. If you are going to produce an audio only course form a course that was originally filmed, you had better include pictures of the things the presenter talks about in the supplementary material. Obviously this cannot reflect poorly upon Dr. Restak. This is 100% on the Great Courses. After decades of producing courses like this and at least 10 years of doing it in the Audible format, they should have this sort of thing down to a science. There is simply no excuse.

Overall, if this is a topic that you are not very familiar with and you just want something to wet your proverbial appetite, then this course may be perfect for you. If, however, you have read extensively on the topic, skip it. You will learn nothing new and will find no new practical advice. This will be one of only two Great Courses that I have ever returned.

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Profoundly informative.

I found This book to be extraordinarily informative and easy to digest ( absorb into my mind) I will be looking forward to listening to other books from this author/course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful