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Brains That Work a Little Bit Differently
Recent discoveries about common brain diversities

Building Mental Muscle

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Trade paperback, 128 pages
33 Illustrations

Brainwaves®, 2000  
ISBN 0916410927
by Allen D. Bragdon and David Gamon, PhD


  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
  • Alcoholism • Autism • Déjà Vu
  • Dyslexia • Left Handedness
  • Perfect Pitch• Photographic Memory
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder • Synesthesia

Almost everyone can relate personally to at least one of the ten conditions in “Brains That Work a Little Bit Differently.” Special-Ed teachers and parents certainly want access to the most current discoveries about dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, for example.

“Synesthesia, When the Notes Turn Blue”
— Brains That Work a Little Bit Differently:

How can you taste a color, or see the sound of the letter “M” as a fold of pink flannel? We all know what it means to talk about a bright sound, a dull flavor, or a sharp smell. We might even have some idea what it might mean if a poet described a flavor as “smooth green glass.” Now, imagine that every time you tasted a peppermint, you saw columns of green glass so vividly you could virtually reach out and touch them. The difference between someone with synesthesia and the rest of us is that “green-glass flavor” is a metaphor for us, but for a synesthete it could be overwhelmingly literal.”

"Written with an intelligent lay audience in mind, it explores ten human brain phenomena, drawing on the latest neuroscientific research..."
— Michael Loo, writer and violinist

This book for teachers and parents draws from very recent brain research to explain the causes and consequences of common diversities including: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Alcoholism, Autism, SAD (The Winter Blues), Left-handedness, Photographic Memory, Perfect Pitch, and even D ja Vu and Synesthesia. All of these have specific brain-to-body connections. This book provides diagnostic tests for the symptoms. It explains genetic and environmental factors that cause the conditions, along with consequences and correlations with other health matters that statistically accompany each condition. Each section includes checklists and testing exercises used for professional diagnosis of these cognitive abnormalities. The bibliography offers sources for further information and an index makes it a convenient handbook for people without technical training.

Building Mental Muscle
Building Mental Muscle
Over 230,000 copies sold
in the USA alone, plus translations into 14 languages worldwide.

Brains that Work a Little Bit Differently
Brains That Work a Little
Bit Differently

2nd best seller. Used in college Psychology courses. ADHD, Left Handedness, Autism, DejaVu, Child Geniuses

Building Left-Brain Power
Building Left-Brain

It handles the details, like language skills. Every-day tips to use what you learn. Mental exercises that, when done, release serotonin, a feel-good hormone.

Learn Faster and Remember More Learn Faster &
Remember More

Three guides in one: How skills develop and are maintained through life: 1. Womb to adolescence; 2. Professional Years; 3. Slowing down the slowing down
Brain Building Games Brain Building Games
With Words & Numbers

Skill-graded challenges: easy to hard, logic, numbers, crypto-visual plus tricks to maximize performance in every one (176 of them). Another top seller.
Use It or Lose It Use It or Lose It!
As the mind matures it begins to lose essential abilities unless.... it is forced to work. Then it builds connections again into old age.
Exercises for the Whole Brain Exercises for the
Whole Brain
A breast-pocket full of visual mental-teasers to work out in spare moments. Now in 13 languages. Especially good for designers and creative thinkers.
Right Brain TeasersRight-Brain Teasers
How many of these photos of 60 old-time, household artifacts can you figure out how they worked and what they were used for? This taps the visual-spatial skills in your right brain. (Men are surprisingly good at this). See an interesting, detailed description when you turn the page after each photo. A fun Valentine gift , especially for elderly antique collectors and flea-market addicts.
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