How My Brain Works
A Guide to Understanding it Better and Keeping it Healthy
Barbara Koltuska Haskin
About the book
The wide range of useful information contained in How My Brain Works can help the reader in many ways: basic understanding of this unique organ, advice for anyone concerned about the possibility of a cognitive problem, and the wisdom of the author’s experience in helping her many patients and others to keep their brains healthy and working at their highest level.
Students with learning problems, young people considering varied career paths, victims of brain injuries or mental disorders, the middle-aged and elderly at risk of dementia—all can gain from the knowledge Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin has gained in her many years as a practicing neuropsychologist. In easy-to-understand language, she explains the countless ways the evaluation process she uses can help people in a wide variety of situations, and how the results can be used for maximum benefit.
Plus, building on this information, Dr. Koltuska-Haskin offers a wealth of advice and tips on how to build and maintain optimum brain health. Reaching widely into the physical, psychological, nutritional, and spiritual worlds, she pulls together new research as well as age-old treasured learning to create an everyday guide to harnessing our most powerful mental tools in shaping the healthful and successful lives we all seek.
About the author
Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin is a neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to her research and academic teaching background, she has over thirty years of clinical experience. She is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano. Further information and color images of the plants included in this book are available at her website: www.drkoltuska.com.
Praise for How My Brain Works
This book contains plenty of immensely useful and easily digestible information . . . highly readable . . . technical jargon kept to a minimum.
Midwest Book Review
A highly readable look at a medical discipline and its potential benefits.
Clear information in terms any lay reader can readily understand. The blend of facts, individual experience, and physician insight creates a book much more accessible and wide-ranging than most on the subject. How My Brain Works is very highly recommended for health and general-interest readers alike, from healthcare professionals to families, caregivers, and anyone concerned about the brain's functions and possibilities.
Maileen Hamto, San Francisco Book Review
The compassionate therapist’s voice reverberates like a trusted source, offering wise and thoughtful counsel on maintaining a healthy brain. With more than thirty years of clinical experience, Dr. Koltuska-Haskins demystifies the process of neuropsychological testing, breaking down its benefits for anyone who is concerned about memory, cognitive, and emotional functioning. People in recovery from brain injury will glean insights on the healing effects of diet, exercise, sleep, meditation, and gratitude practices. Check out photos from the author’s own herb garden, an additional salve to an already healthful and healing read.
Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin, a neuropsychologist and skillful author, unravels the mysteries of brain health and improvement in How My Brain Works. This nonfiction book offers a comprehensive look at her field of study, but also presents broader knowledge on cognitive behavior, wellness practices for the mind, and more abstract concepts of internal philosophy and the power of mindset. Along with the doctor’s clear expertise and matter-of-fact prose, there are also personal anecdotes and emotionally engaging stories that feel relatable to readers of all kinds. A deep dive into all matters of cognitive function, this easy-to-read guide is informative, accessible, and insightful throughout."
Straightforward and useful to a wide range of readers. There's something for everyone. A guide for anyone anxious about sudden mental deterioration, plus useful and practical advice to maintain a healthy brain. Everyone needs to read a book like this; it offers great lessons. I give it four out of four stars.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Frank Spring
Stories clearly designed to inform the reader as to possibilities presented by neurological testing and to provide hope that a disrupted brain, or even a dangerous one, can be guided toward a better life.
Life-enhancing suggestions permeate this book.
Amazon verified reader Magdelana
An excellent read and handbook for those seeking first-hand knowledge to address the fascinating field of brain health and related issues.
As a mental health care provider will definitely recommend this to clients as well as therapists who address such issues as PTSD, ADHD, and related cognitive and emotional issues. Dr. Koltuska explains the brain in a fascinating manner . . . a journey of both self discovery and self care.