ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST ATHEIST
GALAXY OF SCIENCE STARS

January 23, 2019

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NOTE: John Ratey wrote one of the earliest and most comprehensive books about brain functions 15 years ago, which should be read and discussed throughout the Humanist Galaxy.

The book is called [1] THE USER'S GUIDE TO THE BRAIN: perception, attention, and the four theaters of the brain and it was published by Pantheon Books, 2001 (404 pages).

Ratey's two other brain-related books are [2] DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION and [3] SPARK: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. SPARK was co-authored by Eric Hagerman and published by Little, Brown and Company, 2008 (282 pages).

Spark was the first book to empirically prove the importance of exercise for brain health by experimental methods. The study showed that the neuronal pathways in the brain's hippocampus (long-term memory) can change due to repetitive physical training such as learning how to yo-yo over a period of several months. When the school students in the experiment stopped yo-yoing for three months, the measurement of the size of their collective hippocampuses was smaller.

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