- Shape and space
- Creative and lateral thinking puzzles
Whether you are looking to develop your abilities in one particular area or looking for an all-round brain workout, a brain training book should cover these skills. Tasks tend to be designed to be solvable very quickly, and emphasis often placed on performing a series of tasks each day and measuring improvement over time. Split into a series of daily workouts, the brain training book tends to have a daily workout with a puzzle in each category per day.
If you are interested in how the brain/mind works, how people perceive and interact with the world and how the norms of neuroscience has been over-turned in the last two decades should read this book.
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain is an excellent popular overview of brain science, and also a joy to read. Begley never uses more technical jargon then necessary and regularly reminds the reader of seminal findings discussed earlier in the book. Her use of metaphors and similes is both helpful and entertaining.
More importantly, it has implications for the way that we use our brains in everyday life and for the current trend towards a 'science' of happiness.