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.
I loved this book because it kept me interested from the first sentence. Mr. Medina is a good reader and and I loved thinking about why MY brain works the way it does.
It had satisfying detail about how the brain works, the function of the various areas of the brain and how they interact.
The author was methodical in his research and spelled out the science in terms that the lay reader can understand.
I've become a committed audio listener, so there are plenty of reasons for me to hear the book instead of reading it. Medina did a fine job in tone, delivery articulation, without distraction.
Understanding of brain function has definitely progressed since I last read about it.
This book might not appeal to a person who doesn't have patience to hear a description of the mechanics of the brain, not just how we think but how the brain is structured. If you're interested in these things, however, go for it.
Really enjoyed this book, a lot of good knowledge and description on how to teach as well as give presentations that will be better perceived
The example of how to apply could have been deeper. the stories of true life people was GREAT
This book is very well-written and well-researched. Hat's off to Dr. Medina. Sorry to see some of the poor reviews. Maybe those people should be writing the books instead of reading (or listening to) them. I have listened to this audio book at least 5 times beginning to end, each time writing down new ideas about how to be a better teacher and business operator (which I do both). As for the narration, I welcomed the genuine and enthusiastic voice of the author reading his book versus the droning voice of a professional reader.