A workbook that provides a wealth of cognitive drills for readers already committed to the author’s methods.

INTERMEDIATE BRAIN STIMULATION BY PSYCHOCONDUCTION

A psychologist offers mental exercises designed to revitalize a lagging brain.

In several books, Litvin (Sailor’s Psychology, 2012, etc.) has articulated a new theory about the root causes of cognitive impairment. Damaged complex cells improperly process new information and errantly distribute that data throughout the brain. The result is a disconnect between the nature of a perceptual experience and the manner in which humans interpret it, resulting in a kind of neural misfiring. But this neural breakdown can be rectified without either surgical or pharmacological treatment—exercises can activate dormant parts of the brain by forcing one to translate various types of perceptual stimuli (say, visual) into the symbolism of others (auditory or olfactory, for example). This volume is almost entirely comprised of those exercises, which are explained in Litvin’s Code (2011) at some length but not here. In fact, the only account of the method in this volume is a brief synopsis on the back cover. Since this is the second installment in a series of three workbooks, Litvin can justifiably presume readers are familiar with the nature of the exercises as well as the psychological theory that undergirds it. As presented in preceding volumes, that theory is unspecific, lacking a systematic explication in adequately rigorous scientific terms as well as any empirical evidence. As in Litvin’s Introduction to Brain Stimulation by Psychoconduction (2011), the exercises here are relatively easy to follow and helpfully illustrated by Martirosyan. The mathematical equations in this workbook are certainly more complex than the ones presented in its predecessor and bifurcate into problems of addition and subtraction. What the author exactly means by “intermediate” is never addressed—in Litvin’s Code, he claims some form of these exercises can be profitably completed by children as young as 5 years old. One can reasonably assume this particular title is geared toward middle school students. Litvin also claims that the exercises will be fun, but that doesn’t ring true, especially given the remarkably sophisticated options available today that include vividly created characters and compelling storybook narratives. The author’s exercises, whatever their ultimate cognitive value, look like regimented opportunities for mental discipline that will be especially daunting for children experiencing difficulty learning at school. 

A workbook that provides a wealth of cognitive drills for readers already committed to the author’s methods.

Pub Date: Dec. 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4669-0096-7

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Trafford

Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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