When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
On Sale: April 3, 2007
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Why can't you
remember where you put your keys? Or the title of the movie
last week? Or the name of your favorite restaurant?
journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a lively
explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age.
way, she turns up fresh scientific findings, explores the
of the human brain, and hears the intimate confessions of
high-functioning midlife adults who—like you—want to
what's going on upstairs.
Anyone older than forty
forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes
With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin sets out to
midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the perspectives of
psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for
questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the
that determine how well—or poorly—one's brain will age. She
experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury,
hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in
cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based
enhancement. The landscape of the midlife brain is not what
think, and to understand its strengths and weaknesses turns
out to be
the best way to cope.
Jakobson Ramin's reporting of the
stories of a wide array of midlife men and women will
readers. Her audience will glean spectacular insight into
how to elicit
the very best performance from a middle-aged brain. A
work that represents the best of narrative nonfiction, this is a
timely, highly readable, and much-needed book for anyone
is not what it used to be.
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