The Changing Mind

The Changing Mind

A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well



'Everyone we know needs this remarkable book ... Essential for the rest of your life' Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive'

'The secrets of ageing well ... a serious, evidence-based guide to what really works and why' Sunday Times

We have long been encouraged to think of old age as synonymous with a decline in skills. Yet recent studies show that our decision making improves as we age, and our happiness levels peak in our eighties. What really happens to our brains as we get older?

In The Changing Mind (published in America as Successful Aging), neuroscientist and internationally bestselling author Daniel Levitin invites us to dramatically shift our understanding of aging, demonstrating the many benefits of growing older. He draws on cutting-edge research to offer realistic guidelines and practical tips for readers to follow during every decade of life, showing us we all can learn from those who age joyously. Find out:

-Why the story that older people don't need as many hours of sleep is a myth
-What part environment, behaviour and luck play in how our brains age
-How to increase the proportion of your life span spent in good health and decrease the time you spend sick
-What you can do to maintain strength of body, mind and spirit whilst coping with the limitations of aging

Combining science and storytelling, The Changing Mind is a radically new way to think about aging.

'Read this book. Wise, sensitive, and insightful' David Eagleman, author of The Brain

'A comprehensive and fascinating insight into the evolving human brain. This book could change your life' Professor Stephen Westaby, author of Fragile Lives


  • The secrets of ageing well ... Daniel Levitin is a distinguished American neuroscientist and this is a serious, evidence-based guide to what really works and why
    Sunday Times

About the author

Daniel Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He trained at Stanford University Medical School, The University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Oregon. He is founding dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics. He divides his time between Montreal and California.
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