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Changing Minds by Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts

Changing Minds

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Changing Minds by Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts
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Dec 08, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539586

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Changing Minds provides a clear understanding of the connection between aging and language. Most importantly, it provides sets of practices that can help you harness the power of language to live longer and better.” – Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

“Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts have done it again — and made it look easy! Their new book, Changing Minds, is a superbly written and highly accessible overview of a neglected topic, namely, how aging affects a person’s ability to communicate through language. Anyone who is getting older or who interacts with anyone who is getting older — and, of course, this is everyone — should read this fun and informative book.” – John Kounios, coauthor of The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain; Professor of Psychology, Drexel University

“From the first page, I found myself reading this book with the same care and enthusiasm as I would a novel. It is a well-researched, well-crafted, and utterly fascinating exploration into how we use words and how language becomes us as we age. It goes beyond the structure of language and language acquisition and change and instead gives a rich cultural context necessary to appreciate the complexity of language.” – Kate de Medeiros, O’Toole Family Professor, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, Ohio

Table Of Contents

Prologue: How Aging Affects Language . . . and How Language Affects Aging
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
Language by Design
Comparing Apples to Oranges
Components of Cognition
The Compensation of Language
Chapter 2: The Language of Sight and Sound
Do You Hear What I See?
A Look at Hearing
Voice Quality
Speaking of Vision
Making Sense of Feelings
Chapter 3: The Story of Speech
Word Finding
Word Naming
Speech Disfluency
Foreign Accent Syndrome
Chapter 4: Word Domination
Stressed Out
Spelling Ability
Vocabulary Size
Verbal Fluency
Grammatical Complexity
Off-Topic Verbosity
Telling Stories
Chapter 5: Using Language
Pragmatic Competence
Nonliteral Language
Can Spring Chickens Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?
Living with More Than One Language
The Benefits of Bilingualism?
Chapter 6: The Write Stuff
Healing Through Language
Late Bloomers
Writer’s Block
The Destroyer of Minds
Lessons from the Nuns
Fiction is Stronger Than Truth
About the Authors

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