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Sustaining Attachment, Attaining Wisdom
Reviewed by The Editors on Dec. 1, 2008
Only recently have we discovered that the brain’s ability to grow and change does not end after childhood, suggesting that the brain doesn’t deteriorate as we age but may positively adapt to challenges at different stages of life. In this illuminating new book, psychologist Cozolino explores this theory. Going beyond the findings of neuroscience, he adds the perspective of interpersonal neurobiology—the idea that our brains are closely linked to the brains of others. Cozolino looks at the brain as a social organ and how connections between attachment, wisdom, emotion, and storytelling enhance its plasticity and affect the aging process. Weaving tales of his own psychology practice with plenty of science and specific exercises for keeping one’s brain pliant, Cozolino has moved the discourse on aging several leaps forward.