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Spark : the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain (edition 2008)

by John J. Ratey, Eric Hagerman

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Title:Spark : the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain
Authors:John J. Ratey
Other authors:Eric Hagerman
Info:New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey



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This has been sitting in my Audible library for a while. I think I started it instead of Abercrombie's Heroes because I wanted to listen to more non-fic in an "eat more broccoli" sort of way.


Ratey makes the case for exercise as a therapy for many psychiatric disorders based on neuroscience, good studies, and persuasive argumentation. He's not selling a panacea. He's not against treating disorders w/ pharmaceuticals, but he does show the evidence that exercise (both aerobic and more complex movements like martial-arts or dancing) create positive changes in brain chemistry and architecture.

It is persuasive, smart, and fun to read. Highly recommended. ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
Excellent book! Not only does exercise help prevent anxiety and depression, but it also helps reverse the effects of aging and grows your brain. You don't have to run, walking works too. ( )
  kelli413 | Mar 25, 2014 |
this is a great book! it really inspired me to become more active. ( )
  julierh | Apr 7, 2013 |
Fascinating topic. May be a bit heavy on the chemical compound and anatomical name-dropping for the average reader. ( )
  stringsn88keys | Aug 7, 2012 |
We all know exercise makes us more physically fit. Is it possible that exercise also makes us more mentally and emotionally fit?

In Spark, psychiatrist John Ratey makes a bold claim right on the book's cover: that exercise — specifically, aerobic exercise — can "supercharge your mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen your thinking, lift your mood, boost your memory, and much more."

It seems Elle Woods was right, though it's a little more complicated, and a lot more far-reaching than she thought.

(read the rest of the review here: http://mosaicsynapse.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-spark.html ( )
  pam.elmore | Jan 30, 2011 |
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A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

In SPARK, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run---or, for that matter, simply the way you think

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Explores the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's.

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