Neuromyths by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
This is my own ‘go to’ book whenever I have a question about what is the newest thinking about applied neuroscience to learning and memory.
I also have another reason for highly recommending this book.
Professor Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD, the author, was my professor when I enrolled in Harvard’s The Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health, and Education ground-breaking graduate course. She really helped me understand my own memory, and the amazing potential of my own brain.
The result? Not only did I improve my memory, but I improved it to the degree that I was able to enter the USA Memory Championship at the age of 70 as the oldest ever competitor – competing against brains that were easily 50 years younger than mine!
Oh, and I got an A in the course!
Back to the book.
Neuromyths an enlightening journey through decades and even centuries of rigid brain myths which in today’s rapidly evolving scientific climate are not just quaint but do real harm to both students and teachers – and in fact, to all of us who can benefit from the truth about our brain. Click here to get the book.
Remember It by Nelson Dellis
First let me say that this is a totally amazing, fun book and one of the fastest, easiest ways to do exactly what the title says, “Remember It!: The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget.
I have to add that Nelson, who is himself a 4 time winner of the USA Memory Championship, was my coach when I challenged myself to enter the USA Memory Championship at the age of 70! He was great. And the way he explained many of the complex memory techniques really helped me to grasp the power of memory optimization.
So, if you really want a fresh, contemporary approach to memory training, whether for a championship, or just for yourself, start with this book.
Folding Exercise Bike
I LOVE this bike. It is one of the best brain fitness tools I own. You will read over and over that exercise is one of the most important things you can do to protect, not only your memory but your brain health as well. And this small, silent bike really gets the job done.
First of all it is very compact. It’s also easy to move around. I’ve had it in my bedroom, so it’s the first thing I see in the morning – no more excuses for not getting an early start on my brain fitness. I’ve had it in my kitchen, so I can workout while dinner is cooking. I’ve had it in the living room so I can watch my favorite TV shows while I peddle away. Yes, it’s that quiet. It’s silent.
If you’re like me with little time to go to a gym this is a ‘must have.’ Click here to check it out for yourself.
White and Pink Noise Sound Machine for Improved Sleep
What they say about this sleep aid is true. Especially if you’re like me and might not be getting the restful sleep you and your brain need.
“White noise is better than a lullaby. Trust us – we’ve been helping people give sleep a chance since 1962.
White noise promotes relaxation prior to sleep by providing a constant, soothing sound for the brain to settle on. This helps quiet the mind and keeps you from focusing on disruptive sounds which interfere with the process of falling asleep.
Once you’re asleep, white noise works all night long to drown out the random noises that would have woken you up – either completely or just as partial ‘micro-awakenings,’ which you may not even have remembered in the morning. This means that you sleep more solidly and deeply, and rise feeling more rested and restored.”
If you need convincing remember, that sleep is one of the most important lifestyle factors protecting your memory. It is during sleep that long term memories are solidified and it is during sleep that our brain provides critical ‘housekeeping functions’ to keep itself healthy and at peak performance.
My advice? If you are not getting the restful sleep you need, give this white noise solution a try.