I took one class on neurobiology in college almost 20 years ago, and thought this might be a good book to add to that knowledge.
Unfortunately, the author didn't have anything insightful to add, since I already knew the difference between a neuron and a synapse. I also felt much of the information was really very basic, but the author's tone was as if each factoid was a massive revelation -- There is a difference between short term and long term memory! Presentations are more interesting when they include personal anecdotes and visual stimuli! Adults learn best in ten minute increments!
I suppose if I hadn't taken that neurobiology class, or if I was not already reasonably familiar with the principles of public speaking, the book might have been more interesting. I'm usually pretty forgiving of books, but this is the first time in months I felt like I "wasted a credit."
An excellent format for this winning book. I wouldn't want to read when I can have the Dr. Medina read it to me. I felt as though I was sitting in on one of the most interesting lectures of my life
Great outline of important ways to maximize brain performance through lifestyle. It wasn't any new information for me, but the reminder of the scientific data behind the principles was good.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
A bit dry. Easier to listen than to read. Good data.
Tone of voice.
Good information and data is what was promised. Glad I listened. Easier to listen than to sit down and read.
The book challenges you to think differently. There is scientific proof of what he recommends in the book to help improve your "brain/mind". There are times the he gets to far into the intricate details which loses the average lay person. But he practices what he believes works throughout the book.
If you are trying to improve your mind/thinking and that of your child's, I would recommend this book.
This book makes a good audible book due to the author's personality that comes across when he reads.
Geek of Many Trades
I'm still only about half way through this audio book. I have been enjoying it immensely. It's a pretty serious subject but John Medina (the author and narrator) does a great job making it approachable. Sure, Medina is not a professional voice actor but you get to hear his genuine enthusiasm for the subject.
This book offers a useful review of how the brain works and offers a fresh perspective on how to use the brain we got! Good stuff.
I liked the thoughtful examples which describe how the brain works.
No, but will listen to more!
Our brains are more complicated than we think and more resilient that we feared!
An interesting read although the narrator is a bit difficult to listen to. At first his idiosyncratic voice inflections are minimally noticalbe but after a few hours of this it becomes distracting.
Yes definitely. There is so much good information here it is difficult to absorb in one hearing.
Too many to specify just one
Reinforce your learning experience. Revisit your new material soon after first exposure.
A real eye-opener into cognition that dispels a few myths and provides a pathway for enhanced enjoyment of learning.
Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
Medina has written an accessible, engaging book about how our brains work, and narrates it wonderfully. This is terrific information for anyone, but especially teachers and policymakers in education, for whom this should be required reading. The only downside was that he convinced me on the topic of our not really being built for multitasking (if we want to retain information), and I sometimes enjoy playing solitaire while listening to books. lol. Since the information was so useful, I didn't want to forget it, and found myself feeling bad about partaking in other activities while listening. Great stuff about language retention, ideal learning environments, and memory. Some of it wasn't new to me, but some was, and the content wasn't your usual, psycho-babble, self-help type fare.