#58: How to Reverse Ageing (Part 2 of 4). Healthy Ageing with Dr Dan Levitin


View #58: How to Reverse Ageing (Part 2 of 4). Healthy Ageing with Dr Dan Levitin

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For the second part of our reversing ageing series, my guest today is  Dr Daniel J. Levitin.  A neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco, and Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University. He is the bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics.

Daniel is a thought leader in the field of ageing and neuroscience, he has read thousands of research papers on the brain through the ages and his new book draws on cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate the cognitive benefits of getting older.

 

On the show today we talk about:

  • The beliefs that surround the ageing process

  • Our assumptions around memory loss and our focus on lifespan instead of ‘healthspan’

  • How our decision-making skills improve as we age

  • How Happiness improves in age

  • Practical and cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow during each decade of their life

  • How to age joyously

  • We also dive into Dan’s food preferences, flair for music and some incredible stories from his life’s work

 

I would really recommend to check out Dan’s book – The Changing Mind – it really is well worth a read

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Summary

” The fact is that although we can’t for a large degree control what happens to us, we can control how we respond and so our personality or mindset has an outsized influence on the way our lives will reveal themselves at any age or any stage.  The idea is that you can change your personality at any age, and choose a personality that you want, choose a personality that would give you a better chance of being happy and productive and living healthy”.

 

Dr Dan Levitin

 

Thanks again to Dan for coming onto the show and what a great guest and a super interesting topic too – I do hope that you enjoyed this episode!

You’ll have heard Dan mention about his love of music on the show – do go and check out the website – Daniel Levitin – where you can listen to all of Dan’s songs in their entirety.

And also we spoke about some research papers that Dan has published and we’ve added links for these below:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23541122/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19338510/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29035690/


Guest: Dr Daniel J. Levitin, PhD

Dr Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco, and Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University. He is the bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics.

 

Book: The Changing Mind

Dr Daniel Levitin has read thousands of research papers on the brain through the ages and, in his new book, draws on cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate the cognitive benefits of getting older. He challenges the beliefs that surround the ageing process, including our assumptions around memory loss and our focus on lifespan instead of ‘healthspan’. In fact, recent studies show that our decision-making skills improve as we age, and that our happiness levels peak at age 82.

Packed with engaging interviews with individuals who have thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book offers a realistic plan full of practical, cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow during each decade of their life.

The Changing Mind is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously.


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