How to improve your memory

May 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Do you find yourself losing your keys? Forgetting an errand? What does it mean? With some answers is Sue Halpern, the author of "Can't Remember What I Forgot."

Some of the book's findings:

-- The physiological explanation for why you can't remember the name of a book you read recently and why it's harder to pay attention at 40 than it was at 25.

-- What it takes to grow new neurons in the brain (and why new neurons are crucial).

-- Why a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment is neither a death sentence nor an automatic prelude to Alzheimer's.

-- The neurological basis for wisdom.

-- The anatomical connection between depression and forgetfulness.

-- How the standard way of diagnosing Alzheimer's is outmoded.

-- The discovery of the first new risk factor gene for AD in more than a decade, and why you're unlikely to have it.

-- Faulty memory, and that preliminary results of clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic confirm.

-- How engineers at USC are ten years into creating an artificial hippocampus to be implanted in the brain.

-- Why none of the memory drugs on the market work yet.

-- The answer to the pressing question of our age: Will doing the crossword puzzle every day keep your memory intact?

Test your memory with these online quizzes:

For more information Sue Halpern and her book, visit: www.suehalpern.net

Buy the book on Amazon: Can't Remember What I Forgot

Book signings:

Monday, May 12th at 6PM
Smart Silvers in Palo Alto
network.smartsilvers.com

Tuesday, May 13th
Authors@Google in Mountain View

Tuesday, May 13th at 7PM
Vibrantbrains in San Francisco
www.vibrantbrains.com

About Sue Halpern:

In 1985, clutching a brand-new Oxford doctorate, Sue Halpern went to work at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons teaching case-based ethics and social medicine. Nearly twenty years later, the author of Four Wings and a Prayer (now an award-winning documentary film ) and the New York Times notable book, Migrations to Solitude, returned to Columbia in the company of a brilliant young neurologist, Scott Small, who guided her into the world of cutting-edge neuroscience. Halpern, a former Rhodes Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College and the director of the non-profit Face of Democracy project which teaches documentary journalism to high school students. In addition to her three books of non-fiction, she is the author of two novels, The Book of Hard Things and Introducing Sasha Abramowitz. She lives in Vermont and the Adirondacks with her husband Bill McKibben and their daughter Sophie, the editor of Bookworm Magazine.


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