Some chapters I found interesting, but some had way too many little stories that I didn't care for. He claims that would help you remember. It didn't for me.
I read / listen to a lot of books on the subject and am constantly irritated buy the authors who write about the same major studies and appear to have the depth of a google search, so I very much appreciated that Brain Rules is written and read by a grumpy scientist who comments on and includes only double blind studies, because everything else that is included in other "popular" books is just snake oil.
"Thinking Fast and Slow". Because it's a science based book that questions what we perceive as reality.
Your brain is busy and fills in the spaces with what it expects. But what you expect isn't always what happened.
John J. Medina --- has put together well thought out chapters that come across like that rare teacher who is fascinated by the subject and wants to share both the material and fascination with you.The Book and audio book have links to chapter reviews and Videos.
Brain Rules is not the type of book that I would normally listen to. In fact, I’m not even sure how I stumbled across it. However, it sounded interesting based on some of the other reviews and so I thought “why not?”. I was not disappointed. In fact, I will probably listen to it again. This book summarizes all kinds of brain studies in a simple and straight forward way with humorous examples. (The narrator is dynamic and funny and will keep your interest. Think of this audio as the general education class you dreaded taking in college, but by the end of the semester thought “wow, that was the best class I ever took”. You left with lots of practical information and recommended the teacher and the class to all your friends.)
Brain Rules covers many, many interesting topics. Below are just a few highlights:
* The importance of exercise: Yes we all know how important exercise is and have heard it 1000 times before, but this book made me actually get out and start walking. Did you know that just 30 minutes of walking twice per week can cut your risk for Alzheimer’s in HALF? AND In a study of 27-year-olds, who exercised over a 12 week period, brain function rose by over 30% (wow). When exercise stopped, brain function immediately fell. A little bit of oxygen to your brain via aerobic exercise goes a long way! And it doesn’t take much. If the infomation in this book doesn't make you go out and exercise, nothing will.
* Multitasking: Your brain processes information sequentially. Do you think you are a good at multitasking? Well think again. I know I thought I was until I learned that studies prove that when you multitask you make about four times as many mistakes.
* The impact of stress in a marriage on children: It’s stressful starting a family and stress at home harms children’s brains. It’s amazing just how much. Even babies! Couples who were counseled before their babies were born had babies that cried less and were more stable in several ways then the babies of couples who weren’t.
Add this one to your wish list. You won’t be disappointed.
Very interesting, well written, great book! But the author should have had someone else narrate. His voice squeaks and cracks like a teenage boy. He actually reads it well, its just the squeaking that bothers me.
go to www.brainrules.com for an outline of this chapter... because.. the points are oh so complex... like .... sleep helps you remember better... and for a whole chapter ... stress make you remember less .... for a whole chapter ... and the breakthrough chapter .... men and women are different... I write this for my friends that love a good audible book ... and get to the point where you start skipping after 30 seconds of each chapter ... don't forget the breakthrough ... interesting things are easier to remember ...... ugh! another wasted credit!!
I want to disagree with some of the reviewers who have criticized the author's way of speaking. I think his clear knowledge of his subject, and his enthusiasm, make this not only a very interesting work, but an enjoyable one. Generally, I much prefer to hear authors reading rather than actors, since the authors really know what they are talking about. And he is funny guy.
The text, gets 5 stars. The narration gets -1. This person may have the worst narrating voice I have heard here. While he sounds good in the sample, at times it sounds so high pitched, and scratchy that it gives me goosebumps just to remember it. The production and edition are also really bad. Truly awful.
I listen while I walk everyday, and Medina assures me that's the best way for a brain to learn anything! I enjoyed listening and hearing a lot of the same brain stuff I already know... but he also assured me that repetition is the only way my brain ... and yours... learns. I recommend this book highly.
This is one of the books that explains how the brain works with tips then on how to get it to run with maximum firing power. I like that Medina makes clear that the studies he cites aren't just studies that support his premises but he only picks ones that have been replicated and are considered established fact. The studies were interesting, and the anecdotes of how their results play out in the real world were good. Where I didn't think Medina did well — and it made it difficult for me to trudge through chapter 2 especially — was in his explanations of brain chemistry, which often meant metaphors about armies. Maybe I'm just not that bright, but he lost me completely in the technical language and biology/chemistry details. That said, there was lots of good information that inspired some changes in my behavior. In short, get enough sleep and exercise and you'll do well.
The author narrates it himself. He's no pro, in that sometimes he reads too fast, but it's mostly out of excitement for his own words so I liked it.