The Tailored Brain

The Tailored Brain

From Ketamine, to Keto, to Companionship, A User's Guide to Feeling Better and Thinking Smarter

Emily Willingham


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A candid and practical guide to the new frontier of brain customization

Dozens of books promise to improve your brain function with a gimmick. Lifestyle changes, microdosing, electromagnetic stimulation: just one weird trick can lightly alter or dramatically deconstruct your brain.

In truth, there is no one-size-fits-all shortcut to the ideal mind. Instead, the way to understand cognitive enhancement is to think like a tailor: measure how you need your brain to change and then find a plan that suits it.

In The Tailored Brain, Emily Willingham explores the promises and limitations of well-known and emerging methods of brain customization, including prescription drugs, diets, and new research on the power of your “social brain.”

Packed with real-life examples and checklists that allow readers to better understand their cognitive needs, this is the definitive guide to a better brain. 


Emily Willingham:
Emily Willingham is a journalist and science writer. She is the author of Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis and coauthor of The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child’s First Four Years. Willingham is a regular contributor to Scientific American. She lives in Marin County, California.