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. Spark by John J Ratey, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Best selling author, John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of of ” Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey.

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Now, it is a universal fact that exercise is good for you. An extremely important book. Physical activity is a necessary part of our evolution to develop ourselves both physically and mentally.

I strictly limit the amount of time they spend on screens; they’re all in sports on a weekly or more basis except for my youngest ; I take them swimming, to the park, on bike rides etc.

For me, science junkie that I am, his effort to demonstrate the necessity of exercise for my brain was extremely motivational and made sense.

I pre-read it as I tend to pre-read sprk her assigned books but The first chapter is the most engaging, where he shows how a few rogue school systems boosted test scores and lowered behavioral issues by introducing morning exercise programs. Susan Love’s Breast Book “This is my self-help book for the season. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together.

The other, less important takeaway was that humans do terrible, awful things to rats in the name of research. This lets one go and read for one self if one finds something interesting or dubious. And so the descriptions of the evidence behind his repeated and bold claims are skimpy, and there is nowhere else to go.

An excellent exercise motivator! Jphn have two kids diagnosed with ADHD. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As well as keeping their energy levels higher, improving their mood, and helping with their mental acuity. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I Exercise is good for the brain.


I would have had to read it several times to remember what chemical does what. Throughout the book the author repeatedly demonstrates that exercise is the best way to improve your life experience. There are a number of mechanisms at work here. People who thinks that exercise is an additional work spatk burden should read Must-Read book. They use a trick well known to many historians, of providing detailed references for their assertions in a Notes section by keying to page and then distinctive phrase, rather than to a footnote.

The author covers, not only the brain physiology of exercise in relation to aging, depression, anxiety Oh my god. What I did like was the case studies, especially of the school in the first chapter.

At this school, P. May 18, Anna Carr rated it really liked it Shelves: Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, martial arts, and dance all involve these skills, which are important to staying agile. Aside from their role in helping neurons bind and promoting neurogenesis, they trigger a molecular chain reaction that produces endothelial cells, which make up the inner lining of blood vessels and thus are important for building new ones. Modern science has been able to learn much about how the brain works, and has even tracked neurogenesis i.

Ratey also co-authored Shadow Syndromes with Catherine Johnson, PhD, in which he describes the phenomenon of milder forms of clinical disorders.

One of my favorite science-as-self-help books is Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence, and I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s watered-down research in Blink. Ratey takes a fascinating look at the relationship between exercise and brain function. He only sleeps 5 hours a night. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder F90 The last couple of years has had an rateey of Neuroscience books. I suspect some bias on the part of the author when choosing which studies to cite informally in the book, but as a student of medicine I …more Legitimate.


Definitely recommend this book! To ask other readers questions about Sparkplease sign rztey.

It’s like a vegan reading a treatise that insists that dairy products are really the only decent source of calcium. You know by now that exercise prepares your neurons to connect, while mental stimulation allows your brain to capitalize on that readiness. Find me on Twitter kgao.

Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

It was interesting to know how the role of different neurotransmitters and how exercise helps to balance them out. Every single one of these conditions can be massively improved through exercise. He then details how exercise has benefitted particular subgroups, such as those with ADHD or depression, pregnant women, and the elderly.

The author covers, not only the brain physiology of exercise in relation to aging, depression, anxiety, ADHD and addictions, he also takes on the PE establishment–you know, those dodgeball-playing, drill-sargeant, sadistic bastards we used to have as gym teachers? It elevates your stress threshold.

I’ve decided to include in this review more than the usual amount of excerpts from the book for my future reference. Author of book John J. Because, I am told, footnotes are scary.

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Everybody knows that exercise creates a fit body, but what many forget is that the brain is part of the body too. There are far more good reasons to get off my butt and exercise than excuses not to do so. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The evidence is i A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Lists with This Book. Please help by adding reliable sources.