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  1. 3.2 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Fifty years ago, neuroscientists thought that a mature brain was fixed like a fly in amber, unable to change. Today, we know that our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes. This concept of neuroplasticity has captured the imagination of a public eager for self-improvement — and has inspired countless Internet entrepreneurs who peddle dubious “brain training” games and apps. In this book, Moheb Costandi offers a concise and engaging overview of neuroplasticity for the general listener, describing how our brains change continuously in response to our actions and experiences. Costandi discusses key experimental findings, and describes how our thinking about the brain has evolved over time. He explains how the brain changes during development, and the “synaptic pruning” that takes place before brain maturity. He shows that adult brains can grow new cells (citing, among many other studies, research showing that sexually mature male canaries learn a new song every year). He describes the kind of brain training that can bring about improvement in brain function. It’s not gadgets and games that promise to “rewire your brain” but such sustained cognitive tasks as learning a musical instrument or a new language. (Costandi also notes that London cabbies increase their gray matter after rigorous training in their city’s complicated streets.) He tells how brains compensate after stroke or injury; describes addiction and pain as maladaptive forms of neuroplasticity; and considers brain changes that accompany childhood, adolescence, parenthood, and aging. Each of our brains is custom-built. Neuroplasticity is at the heart of what makes us human.

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    3.2 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
  2. 7.7 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it ADHD, scatter brain, or brain fog. Some simply say they just don’t feel like themselves—and haven’t for a long time. People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. In fact, if you look at the way most of us live, it’s almost as though we’ve chosen a lifestyle deliberately intended to undermine our brain chemistry. Fortunately, there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity. You will also find yourself feeling more optimistic, calm, energized, connected, and inspired. The good news is that this is easier than you think. Instead of trying to ambitiously overhaul one aspect of your life entirely with some difficult-to-maintain resolution, begin by making small and achievable changes in many different areas of your life. “If I’ve learned one thing from the thousands of people I’ve treated, it’s that you have to take the whole person into account if you want to think and feel better.”—Dr. Mike Dow

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    The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow

    The Brain Fog Fix

    7.7 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.8 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    Words. They’re the foundation of nearly everything of value in our world. They have the power to create, and the power to destroy. The power to inspire and to terrify. The power to enlighten, and also to obscure. And, more specifically for you, they have the power to attract wealth and success, and guarantee your brighter future. This is not hyperbole—it is based on rock solid research. Studies show that those people with large vocabularies are smarter, wealthier and happier than the average person—and substantially so. And here’s the best news of all, a large vocabulary is not tied to your social status, your genes or even your education level. It is a skill that can be learned—and it takes only thirty days. In this cutting-edge program, 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, personal development expert and English enthusiast, Dan Strutzel, will instruct, enlighten and inspire you with a concentrated thirty-day program that will teach you over 500 words. But, more than teaching you these words, the uniquely designed morning and evening review sessions will ensure that these words become a habit-knit part of your life—and with minimal effort on your part. Best of all, research shows that learning new words has an exponential effect on the size of your vocabulary—since learning one word, naturally produces an association between two to three more words. In short, after listening to and applying the system in this thirty-day program, you will not only have a bigger vocabulary—you will have a brighter future! Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll learn: The ten myths about building a dynamic vocabulary. The secret behind the exponential effect of vocabulary building. A thirty-day program designed to maximize learning and comprehension of over 500 words. The words you need to know about money and financial issues. The words you need to know about persuading others. The words you need to know about marriage, parenting and other relationships. The words you need to know about science. The words you need to know to be a great conversationalist. Why building a large, dynamic vocabulary is even more valuable in the digital age. And much more!

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    30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary

    Introduction by Brian Tracy
    Read by Dan Strutzel
    7.8 hrs • 8/11/15 • Unabridged
  4. 1.0 hrs • 5/1/2015

    Dr. Lee Pulos is a leader in the field of mind, body, and spirit. Let him show you how visualization, a mental technique that uses the imagination, can lead to success and make your dreams come true. Benefit from his short hypnosis, self-talk, and subliminal programs to achieve results quickly in any area. With the enormous pressures and stresses of today’s society, anxiety is creating what some people refer to as “Swiss cheese memory.” Powerful suggestions for reducing stress and sustaining focus and retention are reinforced throughout this hypnosis program.

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    Improve Your Memory

    Read by Lee Pulos
    1.0 hrs • 5/1/15
  5. 1.0 hrs • 3/1/2015

    Dr. Lee Pulos is a leader in the field of mind, body, and spirit. Let him show you how visualization, a mental technique that uses the imagination, can lead to success and make your dreams and goals come true. Benefit from his short Hypnosis, Self-Talk and Subliminal programs to achieve results quickly in any area. This program has been utilized by thousands of students to enhance focus and sustain concentration for learning new material. As concentration improves, memory is enhanced.

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    Concentration and Studying

    Presented by Lee Pulos
    1.0 hrs • 3/1/15
  6. 7.3 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today—and how we can apply it to our own lives. From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital. But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong? And what if there was a way to achieve more with less effort? In How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. Is a dedicated desk in a quiet room really the best way to study? Can altering your routine improve your recall? Are there times when distraction is good? Is repetition necessary? Carey’s search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday lives—and less of a chore. By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it’s wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it’s smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that’s because the research defies what we’ve been told, throughout our lives, about how best to learn. The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.

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    How We Learn by Benedict Carey

    How We Learn

    7.3 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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    16.3 hrs • 8/19/2014 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details. The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up. But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.

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    The Organized Mind

    16.3 hrs • 8/19/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.0 hrs • 3/18/2014 • Unabridged

    Is it possible that the answer to becoming a more efficient and effective thinker is learning how to forget? Yes! Mike Byster will show you how mastering this extraordinary technique—forgetting unnecessary information, sifting through brain clutter, and focusing on only important nuggets of data—will change the quality of your work and life balance forever. Using the six tools in The Power of Forgetting, you’ll learn how to be a more agile thinker and productive individual. You will overcome the staggering volume of daily distractions that lead to brain fog, an inability to concentrate, lack of creativity, stress, anxiety, nervousness, angst, worry, dread, and even depression. By training your brain with Byster’s exclusive quizzes and games, you’ll develop the critical skills to become more successful in all that you do, each and every day.

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    The Power of Forgetting

    By Mike Byster, with Kristin Loberg
    Read by Mark Deakins
    8.0 hrs • 3/18/14 • Unabridged
  9. 0.9 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Abridged

    In 1762, twenty-two-year-old James Boswell left Edinburgh for London. This portion of his personal journal documents the nine months that followed. Filled with detail, description, and zest for life, Boswell’s London Journal provides a frank and accurate picture of both the young man and London in the early 1760s. While many of Boswell’s journals have been published, this one gained popularity for its racier entries as well as its descriptions of Boswell’s first encounter with Samuel Johnson, who would later be the subject of his most famous written work, the biography The Life of Samuel Johnson. This audiobook contains a wonderful reading by the talented Sir Anthony Quale.

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    Boswell’s London Journal

    0.9 hrs • 2/24/14 • Abridged
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  10. 9.9 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    The human brain can actually grow—and a bigger brain means better memory, creativity, speed of learning, and ability to concentrate. In Boost Your Brain, Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, guides you through the innovative brain fitness program that he has developed for his patients at the Brain Center, an institute dedicated to helping people quickly sharpen their brain performance. You start the program with an assessment of your current brain health and then are given specific brain-fit strategies proven to promote brain acuity and longevity, detailing the latest scientific evidence behind each. Concrete advice is given on how to spur new cell growth, which foods help to build new synapses, what creates brain reserve, and more. Dr. Fotuhi also highlights key behaviors to avoid—explaining, for example, how one common sleep disorder can shrink your brain’s memory and attention centers by as much as 18 percent! Dr. Fotuhi brings together the latest brain science discoveries about neuroplasticity, which show not only that the size of the brain can be increased within a matter of weeks—resulting in better focus, memory, and creativity—but that the increase can be scientifically measured. Boost Your Brain is the only book that uses groundbreaking advances in neuroscience to present a clear explanation and prescriptive plan for how to access the benefits of significantly enhanced brain performance—at any age.

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    Boost Your Brain

    9.9 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
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    10.0 hrs • 1/3/2013 • Unabridged

    No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home? We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the “brain attic”—Holmes’ metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge—Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’ unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers. For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world’s most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.

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    10.0 hrs • 1/3/13 • Unabridged
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    10.2 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    One of the world’s most innovative and respected cognitive neuroscientists combines the latest scientific discoveries with unique tests and exercises to improve your brainpower—for life. The human brain is not a static organ; it’s plastic, which means it can grow and change. But just like a muscle, you have to exercise it. In Make Your Brain Smarter, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman gives you the comprehensive fitness plan you need to “exercise” your way to a healthier brain. By taking advantage of the immense cognitive potential of your brain, you can think smarter, not harder, solving the complexities and problems that occur every day. In this all-inclusive book, you’ll find easy strategies to train deep, insightful, and strategic thinking in order to realize your brain’s maximum cognitive capacity. With her years of experience, Dr. Chapman will introduce you to the very latest research in brain science, with an emphasis on the cutting-edge findings related to the frontal lobe. She’ll show you how to tailor a brain fitness program to fit your own needs. From cover to cover, she shares tips and techniques that can be practiced throughout life to promote vigorous cognitive brain health at every age. Whether you’re a boomer-age “thinker” or a millennial-era “finder,” Make Your Brain Smarter will help you to take charge of your frontal-lobe command center and create the bright and vibrant brain that you crave—and will need in order to have a healthy, happy rest of your life.

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    Make Your Brain Smarter by Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

    Make Your Brain Smarter

    By Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, with Shelly Kirkland
    Read by Karen White
    10.2 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 3.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Are You Becoming Forgetful? The Doctor is In! Do you have trouble finding your keys in the morning or forget what you were looking for altogether? When you meet new people, do you often forget their names—as soon as they leave the room? Don't panic! Just because you can't remember why you picked up this audiobook doesn't mean you're losing your mind—or even your memory. It's more likely that stress and information overload are making it harder for you to get information into your head in the first place. No matter what age we are, the way we remember things is a process: understand and pay more attention to the steps of the process, and your memory will improve. Make an appointment with The Memory Doctor and learn fun, simple ways to sharpen your memory: –Get inside your head and see how your memory really works –Target specific areas of memory that you can improve –Experiment with fun, simple techniques to accomplish your memory-enhancing goals –Find out which supplements can help improve memory—and which do nothing at all –Learn about exciting new developments in memory research

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    The Memory Doctor

    3.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
  14. 11.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a lively journey to explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age. Anyone older than forty knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin sets out to discover what midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for answers to questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the factors that determine how well—or poorly—one's brain will age. She consults experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury, hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in nutrition, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based cognitive enhancement. The landscape of the midlife brain is not what you might think, and to understand its strengths and weaknesses turns out to be the best way to cope. A groundbreaking work that represents the best of narrative nonfiction, this is a timely, highly readable, and much-needed book for anyone whose memory is not what it used to be.

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    Carved in Sand

    11.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
  15. 9.5 hrs • 2/2/2012 • Unabridged

    On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the US Memory Championship. He also discovered a truth we too often forget: In every way, we are the sum of our memories.  In Moonwalking with Einstein Foer draws on cutting-edge research, the cultural history of memory and the techniques of ‘mental atheletes’ to transform our understanding of human remembering. He learns the ancient methods used by Cicero and medieval scholars. He meets amnesiacs, neuroscientists, and savants—including a man who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books. In doing so, he reveals the hidden impact of memory on our lives and shows how we can all dramatically improve our memories. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer’s book is a quest to resurrect the gift we all possess—but that too often slips our minds.

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    Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

    Moonwalking with Einstein

    9.5 hrs • 2/2/12 • Unabridged
  16. 10.9 hrs • 9/16/2011

    Includes a bonus DVD and a PDF workbook Relax yourself to a state of higher mental performance! Could you use an extra boost of brain power? This breakthrough audio program is designed to help you get your mind into an enhanced learning state through an easy-to-use system. This scientifically proven process will help you increase receptiveness to learning new information, recall facts, focus, and understand new concepts. Whether you want to better remember where your car keys are or read faster, this mind performance system will take you on a journey of discovery to tap the latent part of your brain using hypnosis and mind music for relaxed study to help you learn fast. Kept lively and entertaining by certified hypnotherapist Liv Montgomery, this product includes a hypnosis program, instructional audio, and relaxing music embedded with binaural beats to help your mind take in new information. Proven safe through decades of use, binaural beat frequencies help you attain a highly focused state. Get it now!

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    Mega Mind Power

    Music by Kevin McLeod
    Featuring Liv Montgomery
    10.9 hrs • 9/16/11
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