March 27, 2008 at 1:59 am 3 comments

Spark is the name of a new book by John Ratey that explains, in part, how exercise helps to alleviate stress and improve mood.

Another book extolling the virtues of exercise? Ugh! It’s like reading a book that says eating a balanced, healthy diet will improve your health. Yeah, we know — exercise is good!

That’s exactly what I thought. But the subtitle intrigued me: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. Hmmm…

And John Ratey (the author — if you forgot, you might want to lace up those running shoes; exercise helps to improve memory) is a clinical associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the author of multiple books about the brain.

So I picked-up a copy and have been unable to put it down since. It is nothing short of a wonderful — and accessible — chronicle about the science of, and relationships among, exercise, fitness, neurogenesis, cognitive functioning, and general health and happiness.

I will be sharing some the stories and data from Spark in future posts, no doubt, and kick-off this little new blog with the opening quote of the book:

In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these means, man can attain perfection. —Plato

Let’s collapse the distinction between mind and body.

Play, think…
J.R. Atwood


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rajat (Brain Fitness Pro User)  |  November 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Mr. Atwood for giving information about this new book which emphasizes on exercise to reduce stress and improve mood. Same results can be achieved more effectively if we keep our brain on any special training. It can be achieved by the use of some softwares which are in the market and specially design for training the brain. I have been training my brain with the help of one such very popular software named, “Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro”. I use this software to train my brain for 30-45 minutes per day. I am on its 5th level in it and results are astonishing. It has changed my entire thinking process and added stamina in my brain related work.

  • 2. LEO  |  June 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Great post! I am intrigued. Thanks JR!

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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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