5 books that will make you smarter Looking to expand your mind, get ahead at work or ward off dementia? There are ways to train yourself to be more creative and insightful, and to give your brain a healthy boost. These books will show you how. By Jill Buchner 5 books that will make you smarter Slideshow View Slideshow 5 books that will make you smarter Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 7 free ways to boost your Great books for summer ge The biggest health proble Think Like a Freak (HarperCollins, 2014) It's quite possible you've never considered the benefits of thinking like a freak, but if you read the hugely successful Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, you'll appreciate this book, by the same authors, which teaches you to think unconventionally in order to solve all of life's little riddles. After their first book, the authors got all kinds of questions, from how to solve hunger to ways to wipe out the obesity epidemic. Rather than taking on all the world's problems themselves, they decided to teach others to be hard-core problem-solvers. They teach you how to put away your preconceived notions, be as curious as a kid, ask the right questions and get to the root of the problem. Keep Your Brain Young (Robert Rose, 2014) Anyone who plans on living a long life is concerned about having their mental functions in tact when they get there. We all have friends or family members who have been affected by Alzheimer's or dementia, but what can we do to stack the deck against these and other neurological disorders? Dr. Fraser Smith and Dr. Ellie Aghdassi explain the causes of these problems in the brain, and how we can feed and nourish the brain to protect against them. Though the book is clear that it offers no cures for existing neurological conditions, it does offer a proactive health plan, including 150 recipes, so you can eat your way to a healthier brain. Struck by Genius (HarperCollins, 2014) Jason Padget tells an incredible and uplifting story of how a brain injury turned him into a mathematical marvel. What could have been a tragic injury became a blessing in disguise when Padget embraced the changes to his mind that allowed him to taste shapes and hear colours. From Jason's mind, the world is an even more remarkable, wonder-filled place. It is filled with patterns, geometry and mathematical phenomena. His engaging story will change the way you think about the brain and will open your eyes to the power that rests in your own mind, waiting to be unleashed. Smarter (Hudson Street Press, 2013) Dan Hurley's inspiring and enlightening book is based on the notion of fluid intelligence, the idea that your intelligence is trained, not an innate IQ. Hurley explains how anyone, no matter their age, health or ability (even those with learning challenges) can make themselves smarter. His writings are based on 75 controlled clinical trials, plus he subjected himself to all kinds of the proven brain-training exercises and managed to increase his own intelligence 16 percent in just three months. This book will show you how your brain is a muscle that can be strengthened. You just have to know the right moves. The Doodle Revolution (Penguin, 2014) This book offers an engaging and innovative look at thinking on paper, perfect for visual learners. Author Sunni Brown suggests that doodling is deep thinking in disguise. Visual thinking, in the form of a simple doodle (or the more advanced infodoodle), is a powerful tool that has led to all kinds of breakthroughs in science and technology. Brown teaches you to use your doodles for higher thinking, and take them to the next level to share ideas visually when working in a team or group setting. She gives you the tools you need for a new visual literacy—and she does it all with the help of fun little doodles!