Prominent Psychiatrist John J. Ratey, M.D., co-author, with Dr. Ned Hallowell, of the bestsellers on ADHD Driven to Distraction and, more recently, Delivered from Distraction, has just published a fine new book called Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. We hope it will prove to be his most widely read and influential work yet.
Spark tackles the topic of exercise as a tonic, in addition to or, in many cases, instead of medication for conditions ranging from ADHD and addiction to depression and memory loss, and as our best means of reducing stress even as we sharpen our intellects and optimize our performance in many realms. Scientifically well-grounded, Spark is admirably detailed as to the brain chemistry of learning and mood regulation, yet remains accessible to lay readers.
Of particular interest to parents, as it should be also to educational administrators, is Ratey’s lengthy discussion of the dramatic academic improvements that ensued when the Naperville, Illinois school district adopted a mandatory aerobic fitness program. Naperville high school students now rank first in the nation in fitness and, according to quadrennial TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) standardized testing, sixth in the world in mathematics achievement and tops overall in science!
You can order a copy from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113506/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264083714&sr=1-1