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The playful brain : the surprising science of how puzzles improve your mind

Author: Richard M Restak; Scott Kim
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A leading neuroscientist and a noted puzzle designer team up to reveal how solving puzzles improves one's brain function, giving readers the chance to work puzzles while learning how to boost their brain.
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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
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Problems, exercises, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard M Restak; Scott Kim
ISBN: 9781594487774 1594487774
OCLC Number: 535490804
Description: 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Memory. Working memory : brain juggling --
Long-term memory : imagining the future by remembering the past --
Perception. Perceptual skill learning : the sommelier and the hockey player --
Visual thinking : seeing, not just looking --
Spatial thinking : the challenge of mental rotation --
Listening : the foley artist and the cocktail party --
Motor skill learning : of mental maps and pickpockets --
Time : clock time vs. brain time --
Cognition. Thinking in words : the hammer, the saw, and the hatchet --
Logic : reasoning in uncertain situations --
Emotions and thinking : the anger superiority effect --
Mathematics : doing the numbers at the checkout line --
Illusions : shadows, balls, and rotating snakes --
Creativity : the magic matches of Carlo Reverberi.
Responsibility: Richard Restak ; with puzzles by Scott Kim.

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A leading neuroscientist and a noted puzzle designer team up to reveal how solving puzzles improves one's brain function, giving readers the chance to work puzzles while learning how to boost their brain.

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