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Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation

What is the nature of human creativity? What are the brain processes behind its mystique? What are the evolutionary roots of creativity? How does culture help shape individual creativity? Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation by Elkhonon Goldberg is arguably the first ever book to address these and other questions in a way that is both rigorous and engaging, demystifying human creativity for the general public. The synthesis of neuroscience and the humanities is a unique feature of the book, making it of interest to an unusually broad range of readership. Drawing on a number of cutting-edge discoveries from brain research as well as on his own insights as a neuroscientist and neuropsychologist, Goldberg integrates them with a wide-ranging discussion of history, culture, and evolution to arrive at an original, compelling, and at times provocative understanding of the nature of human creativity. To make his argument, Goldberg discusses the origins of language, the nature of several neurological disorders, animal cognition, virtual reality, and even artificial intelligence. In the process, he takes the reader to different times and places, from antiquity to the future, and from Western Europe to South-East Asia. He makes bold predictions about the future directions of creativity and innovation in society, their multiple biological and cultural roots and expressions, about how they will shape society for generations to come, and even how they will change the ways the human brain develops and ages.

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Executive Functions in Health and Disease

Executive Functions in Health and Disease provides a comprehensive review of both healthy and disordered executive function. It discusses what executive functions are, what parts of the brain are involved, what happens when they go awry in cases of dementia, ADHD, psychiatric disorders, traumatic injury, developmental disorders, cutting edge methods for studying executive functions and therapies for treating executive function disorders. It will appeal to neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, neuroscientists and researchers in cognitive psychology.

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THE WISDOM PARADOX:
How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older

This is the first popular book on cognitive gains of aging, rather than cogntive losses. It brings together state-of-the art neuroscience, and the lives, anxieties and hopes of real people, both ordinary and famous, as they age. While certain mental functions decline, the ability to grasp "the big picture" grows with age. The book discusses what can be done to keep one's mind sharp, introduces the concept of cognitive fitness, and describes a program designed to attain it. Contrary to the traditional beliefs, our brain remains plastic and new nerve cells continue to grow well into advanced age. The book discusses what can be done to take advantage of this plasticity in extending and enhancing the life of your mind as you age.


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THE EXECUTIVE BRAIN: Frontal Lobes And The Civilized Mind

This is the first popular but rigorous book to explore the most "human" region of the brain, the frontal lobes. It shows how the frontal lobes enable us to engage in complex mental processes, how they control our judgment and our social and ethical behavior, how their injury often leads to chaotic, disorganized, asocial and even criminal behavior. Replete with fascinating case histories and anecdotes, the book offers a panorama of of state-of-the-art ideas and advances in cognitive neuroscience. It is also an intellectual memoir, filled with vignettes about the author's early training with Alexandr Luria, his escape from the Soviet Union, and later interactions with patients and professionals around the world.

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CONTEMPORARY NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND THE LEGACY OF LURIA

This is a collection of scientific papers on a wide range of topics in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience written by the world's leading scientists and clinicians. The underlying theme is the influence of the great Russian neuropsychologist Alexandr Luria on the contemporary science and clinical practice of neuropsychology.

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EXECUTIVE CONTROL BATTERY

This is a neuropsychological test designed to diagnose the dysfunction of the frontal lobes and inspired by the classic work of Alexandr Luria. It consists of four brief subtests, which can be given together or in a standalone fashion.

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THE NEW EXECUTIVE BRAIN: Frontal Lobes in a Complex Brain

In The New Executive Brain , Goldberg paints a sweeping panorama of cutting-edge thinking in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, ranging far beyond the frontal lobes. Drawing on the latest discoveries, developing complex scientific ideas and relating them to real life through fascinating case studies and anecdotes, Goldberg explores how the brain engages in decision-making; deals with novelty and ambiguity; and addresses moral choices. He offers a totally new understanding of how the two hemispheres interact. Goldberg's insights are refreshing challenges to both cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychological entrenched assumptions. With lucid prose and bold ideas, The New Executive Brain a provocative and creative exploration of the brain.

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LURIA'S LEGACY IN THE 21 ST CENTURY

Luria's Legacy in the 21st Century is a collection of essays by leading neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists to honor Alexandr Romanovich Luria and highlight the enduring impact of his legacy on cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. A wide range of topics are covered, from functional neuroimaging to bedside evaluation techniques. Several generations of neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists are among contributors, including those who closely worked with Luria, their own students, and others influenced in their work by Luria's pioneering insights. Broad in scope and rich in detail, e ach essay in the book suggests that Luria's impact will be felt far into the future.

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THE SHARPBRAINS GUIDE TO BRAIN FITNESS

While most of us have heard the phrase "use it or lose it," very few understand what "it" means, or how to properly "use it" in order to maintain brain function and fitness. The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness is an invaluable guide that helps readers navigate growing brain research and identify the lifestyle factors and products that contribute to brain fitness. By gathering eighteen of the top scientists and offering insight, tools, and detailed descriptions of over twenty products, this text is an essential guide to the field of brain fitness, neuroplasticity and cognitive health. An accessible and thought-provoking read, this book also educates lifelong learners on emerging trends and forecasts of what the future will hold.

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