Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

  • by Richard M. Restak
  • Narrated by Richard M. Restak
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot, eminent neuropsychiatrist and best-selling author Richard Restak, M.D., combines the latest research in neurology and psychology to show us how to get our brain up to speed for managing every aspect of our busy lives. Everything we think and everything we choose to do alters our brain and fundamentally changes who we are, a process that continues until the end of our lives. Few people think of the brain as being susceptible to change in its actual structure, but in fact we can preselect the kind of brain we will have by continually exposing ourselves to rich and varied life experiences. Unlike other organs that eventually wear out with repeated and sustained use, the brain actually improves the more we challenge it.Think of Restak as a personal trainer for your brain - he will help you assess your mental strengths and weaknesses, and set you to thinking about the world and the people around you in a new light, providing you with improved and varied skills and capabilities. From interacting with colleagues to recognizing your own psychological makeup, from understanding the way you see something to why you're looking at it in the first place, from explaining the cause of panic attacks to warding off performance anxiety, this book will tell you the whys and hows of the brain's workings.Packed with practical advice and fascinating examples drawn from history, literature, and science, Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot provides 28 informative and realistic steps that we can all take to improve our brainpower.Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot is also available in print from Harmony Books.

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What the Critics Say

"Think of Mozart's Brain as an exercise video for one's mental faculties." (Booklist)

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Interesting stuff but limited

I enjoyed this book, though it would have been better in unabridged format. The many exercises simply don't suit themselves to audio book format. It's just too hard to concentrate on them when you're in traffic or doing your workout or whatever activity you're engaged in. You really need to view them on paper and work with them in more traditional ways. Without the exercises, this is still valuable material, if perhaps a little dry.
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- George

Standard Self-help stuff

Interesting material about the brain. The approach is a bit bland and unoriginal: "By following these excersizes, you too, can become a mental giant!". A lot of time is spent going over techniques on memorization, writing in a journal, and mental excersizes; pretty much stuff that's in any other "increase your IQ in 21 days!" book. The idea of the brain as a machine, to be optimized to the nth degree, is a bit outdated. Great if you're into that kind of thing, but personally I found nothing truly insightful.
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- Yicheng

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio