Maximum Brainpower

Please allow me to introduce myself …

Sorry, wrong self-introduction.  I’m referring to another one that may have as profound a cultural influence.  That is, if Dr. Shlomo Breznitz has his way.

Dr. Breznitz has teamed up with a Hemingway to write a book of depth and clarity about challenging the brain for health and wisdom.  I loved this book on many levels, not the least of which is that it is a counterbalance to over-exuberance about automaticity, plasticity, and other components of nouveau cognitive toolkits used in anti-Alzheimer campaigns.  No doubt one is well-served by routinizing certain mental operations to conserve cognitive energy.  Nor is there much dispute about the ability to teach old dogs new tricks if the dogs are willing and the tricks are good.  When I first picked up the book I anticipated that it would be little more than a clever advertisement for Breznitz’s own later-in-life upstart company, CogniFit.  Yet the company and its product is barely mentioned in the book.  There is so much about this book that is invaluable, that for me to distill its wisdom would be a disservice.  Pick it up and enjoy its discoveries.  It needs no introduction.




About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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1 Response to Maximum Brainpower

  1. Daniel Wohlgelernter says:

    Wonderful recommendation, Len. I look forward to reading the book. Noteworthy that Dr Breznitz was a child survivor of the Holocaust, hidden with other Jewish children in a Catholic convent.

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