Review of How My Brain Works

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Susan Duininck Kenning
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Review of How My Brain Works

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[Following is a volunteer review of "How My Brain Works" by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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I have recently had to deal with a loved one who was suffering from a loss of memory and cognitive functioning. When I had the opportunity to review How My Brain Works by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin I jumped at the chance. This book is a must-read for anyone who has any questions about the process of cognitive testing or how to live with someone having any problems with brain function. This book gives specific details about the process of cognitive evaluation, causes of loss of brain function, tips for helping someone with brain issues, and different activities that can help someone keep their brain stimulated. It also tells the reader what to look for in a Neuropsychologist in order to be sure to get the right kinds of testing for each specific condition.

The amount of information presented in this book is amazing. The author shares many examples of issues she has dealt with in her practice of Neuropsychology. She shares helpful information about what she suggested to those patients and what their outcome was. There are also sections in the book about the importance of nutrition, exercise and sleep. She even shares some recipes for brain healthy foods. The tips about mindfulness, spirituality and gratitude were inspirational to me.

I didn’t find anything negative about this book. If I had to give any criticism I would have to say that she could have gone into a little more detail about different causes of cognitive problems. I would have liked to read more about traumatic brain injuries and what issues can come from them. However, that is my specific interest and not necessarily what the average reader would like to read about.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It was very well edited. I didn’t find any errors in this book at all. The information was thorough and well presented. The author also provided references for much of the information so that the reader could delve deeper into the parts in which they are the most interested. It also gave very helpful tips on how what helps and hurts cognitive function.

I was drawn to this book because I have a loved one who has had issues with cognition and memory. Anyone in this type of situation will find this book to be very helpful. It will also appeal to someone who wants to know more about their own brain and how to keep it healthy. Someone considering cognitive testing should definitely read this book. It will help them know exactly what to expect.

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