• Making a Good Brain Great

  • The Amen Clinic Program
  • By: Daniel G. Amen
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-20-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (165 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: your brain is involved in everything you do; learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days! You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; but chances are you simply ignore your brain and trust it to do its job. People unknowingly endanger or injure their brains, stress them by working at a frenzied pace and not getting enough sleep, pollute them with caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, and deprive them of proper nutrients. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. The brain is the organ of learning, working, and loving, the supercomputer that runs our lives. It's very simple: when our brains work right, we work right; and when our brains have trouble, we have trouble in our lives.
Luckily, it's never too late: the brain is capable of change, and when you care for it, the results are amazing. Making a Good Brain Great gives you the tools you need to optimize your brain power and enrich your health and your life in the process. The principles and exercises in this book, based on years of cutting-edge neuroscience research and the experiences of thousands of people, provide a wealth of practical information to teach you how to achieve the best brain possible.
©2005 Daniel G. Amen (P)2005 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"This book is wonderful. It gives the reader great understanding and hope that changes in oneself can be made. If you put these changes into action, a happy and healthy brain is yours." (Bill Cosby)
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1 out of 5 stars
By KJ in Chicago on 11-17-05

A large advertisement and excessive repetition

I was very disappointed in this book. The author says the same things over and over with slightly different wording (e.g. the brain is the center of all human activity; no human endeavor can be engaged without the brain; social, cognitive, affective and psychomotor activities all depend on the brain....) In addition, many references to the author's research and the activities of the Amen clinic are included. I understand the author has done groundbreaking work, but instead of repeating all the research he has done (e.g. "I've studied hundreds of brains") it would be helpful for him to contextualize his research within a larger empirical universe. But that would mean he was interested in studying ideas about the relationships between brain and behavior, and the multiple paradigms used to do so, and I think actually he is more interested in marketing his point of view. Nothing wrong with that, but an eleven hour book ought to contain more substance.

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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Cribley on 06-18-06

Not what I was expecting really

I've read a two other books about brain injuries, and I've worked for a doctor who uses biofeedback to repair brain damamge. When I saw this book I was expecting a list, something like a to-do, for healthy brains.

After listening to the book I researched Dr. Amen online, and most of the same material can be found on his website for the Amen Clinics. I also found some more reviews of his work, making it seem pretty controversial.

Good or bad, I don't think you're going to get a whole lot out of the book. The to-dos are less than I would imagine. A lot of time is spent talking about medications, and I think I've heard about 15 times now that I shouldn't hit soccer balls with my head.

Whatever you do, get the abridged version. There is value in his education about parts of the brain, and he lists some good references.

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