The final installment contains 2 books related to neuroscience that have my wheels turning hard as of late that I think is insanely applicable regardless of your profession or age. Finally, there is 1 book that fits the “miscellaneous” section.
1. The Brain that Changes Itself–Norman Doidge. This book delves into the incredible plasticity of the nervous system and a number of specific applications and case examples. It’s written for the public, and is done so very well. It reads quickly and is incredibly fascinating. It, along with the next book, was the impetus for the next series of posts I’ll do in the new year examining the impact of exercise and manual therapy on the nervous system.
2. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain–John Ratey. Dr. Ratey is a professor or psychiatry at Harvard and has authored a number of books and is featured in this post about exercise and the brain. Spark delienates the neurobiology of exercise and how you can use it to harness the plasticity of the brain. While most reading this may scoff at his last chapter on exercise, it’s a phenomenal read regardless of what it is you do for a living. I’m currently reading his latest book on Attention Deficit Disorder, which is also an entertaining read.
3. The Research Methods Knowledge Base–Trochim and Donnelly. This book was a text for my research methods class last semester and has been helpful in the research I’m currently involved in and for the future. It’s also really helped me improve my literature critiquing abilities. If you’re not doing research, it may not be necessary or there may be better tools, but I reference it quite a bit.
There you have it.
Happy New Year!