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How Does the Brain Affect Our Lives? - (Part 8)

A Book Review: Younger Brains, Sharper Brains by Eric R. Braverman, M.D.

by Maggie Dail, M.A., Learning Specialist

Chapter 4 – Identifying Memory Problems

Memory is:

  • Central to the entire function of the brain

  • Memory problems occur (typically) when there is a loss in processing speed

  • Related to the loss of Acetylcholine

  • Acetylcholine regulates the processing of sensory input

  • Acetylcholine regulates the ability to access stored information p. 48

People with high Acetylcholine are:

  • Creative

  • Keenly aware of surroundings

  • Able to keep lifelong friends

  • Intelligent

  • Understand other people and their motivations

  • Excellent students

  • Witty

  • Enjoyable to be with p.48

Having too much acetylcholine the brain speed is so fast that you are burning it up. Having too little a person slows physically, mentally and emotionally. We naturally lose this important brain chemical as we age. P. 48

It begins with a general absentmindedness and proceeds with:

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Agitation

  • Apathy

  • Attention difficulties

  • Difficulty driving

  • Disorientation

  • Easy frustration

  • Excessive and inappropriate flirtation

  • Explosive spells of anger

  • Falling

  • Fearfulness

  • Impulsivity

  • Inconsistency

  • Insomnia

  • Irrational decision making

  • Neglect of household chores

  • Neglect of self-care

  • Restlessness

  • Social withdrawal

  • Suspiciousness

  • Trouble understanding the spoken and written language

  • Wandering p. 50

“When you think faster, you can react more effectively to everyday situations.” P. 51

What are the four types of memory? You may be surprised how Braverman defines these four types. Next time.


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