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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.
©2001 Richard M. Restak, M.D.
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.
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"Think of Mozart's Brain as an exercise video for one's mental faculties." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Glenn E. Graham on 02-18-05

Brain exercises for you

Yes it is a grab bag of many ideas that are how to get the most out of your brain. However, unlike many self help books, Dr Restak's suggestions are all based on scientific study of the brain and his personal practice. I personally tried some. They seem to work for me.

I subtracted one star because he provides MANY ideas on how to get your brain maximized but not how to get most or all his ideas into practice. I was overwhelmed with his MANY ideas and did not know how to get MOST into practice in my life. I had to develop my own plan of attack for getting some if not many of these great ideas incorporated in my life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 10-30-04

Overall, it was excellent...

I thought this was an excellent book. There was a lot of interesting material in it, and it provided a thought provoking look at how the brain works, how we can help the brain work at peak efficiency (i.e. get smarter), and suggestions of other books to read to learn more about the material.

The one major flaw that this book suffers from is that it is unabridged, and the narrator literally reads the exercises from the back of the chapters. This is great if you want to do the exercises to try to increase your brain's capacity to think, but it is annoying if you (like me) listen to the book while driving and just want to hear the author's thoughts on the inner workings of the brain. Audible doesn't provide convinient tract numbers to skip over the exercises either, so it becomes necessary to listen to them.

However, I suppose it is worth mentioning that many audiobooks leave out things like exercises, and that this can be annoying too. So it's a double edged sword: you get everything in the unabridged format. But, overall, the book is definitely worth the read...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 04-19-06

Engaging and practical

I really enjoyed this title. It's written in an entertaining way with very useful and enjoyable excercises. All the info is well grounded in the latest brain science so it will be effective.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Alistair on 08-22-07

Good title - shame about the book

This book is long and boring with few take home messages. I would not recommend it.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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