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To write this diary about the aging brain I stand on the shoulders of many amazing people. I have scavenged material from things that have fascinated me for a long time and continue to do so.

As I attempt to weave their knowledge into my current experiences, resources in this field that I have found interesting and useful are shown above and the references at the back of these books include most of my reading from journals. Michael Merzenich is referenced in the posts often, and I have also quoted from the work of  Daniel Gopher and Arthur Kramer of whom I am a particular fan…

I own every book written by Oliver Sacks.

Richard Gregory was my teacher.  His enthusiasm for “perception and mind” (including art) was the initial stimulus to reading  and thinking in this area.

Richard Gregory died on 17 May 2010 having suffered a stroke a few days earlier.

there is much more to after-images than meets the eye, as shown by the late Richard L. Gregory of the University of Bristol in England, who was the world’s preeminent perceptual psychologist. His 1966 book Eye and Brain launched many a student (including both of us) on a career in visual psychology and neurophysiology. The word “genius” is rarely used these days, but if anyone deserves the title, it would be Gregory.” Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Scientific American  March 2011

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben Brown permalink
    June 15, 2011 10:52 am

    Thank you for sharing this diary. I am impressed and interested in what you have written. I’ve been fascinated by the brain’s capacity since taking psychology classes in college. I’ve just started Brain Fitness in hopes of improving my brain access and memory. 1985 I experienced brain impairment from neurotoxins both agricultural and industrial. After 10 years of using what I could find on recovery from such [Accelerated Learning by Colin Rose, Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, etc] damage I was able to largely pass for normal, though not fully participate in society as might have. With BF and perhaps the other programs, I hope to recover and improve my functioning. Definitely, an adventure to open new vistas!

    • June 15, 2011 3:22 pm

      Glad to share, Ben. Yes it is certainly an adventure as one becomes more aware of the plasticity of the brain, especially with aging!

  2. George Collins permalink
    September 28, 2011 6:23 am

    Congratulations. I’m a 68 year old estate planning attorney in New Hampshire, USA. Just stumbled across your site and find it worth my time.

    Thank you.


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