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Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded) Audiobook

Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

In the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule - what scientists know for sure about how our brains work - and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives. Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science.
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Publisher's Summary

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men and women have different brains? In the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule - what scientists know for sure about how our brains work - and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives. Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science. You’ll learn why Michael Jordan was no good at baseball. You’ll peer over a surgeon’s shoulder as he proves that most of us have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. You’ll meet a boy who has an amazing memory for music but can’t tie his own shoes. You will discover how: Every brain is wired differently. Exercise improves cognition. We are designed to never stop learning and exploring. Memories are volatile. Sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn. Vision trumps all of the other senses. Stress changes the way we learn. In the end, you’ll understand how your brain really works - and how to get the most out of it.

©2014 John J. Medina (P)2014 John J. Medina

What the Critics Say

"Dissects the workings of the brain in plain English, explaining its role in the workplace and classroom…a writing style that makes words leap off the page."- (USA TODAY

"Few people are better qualified to help managers sift through all the hype than John Medina."- Harvard Business Review

"Brain Rules is one of the most informative, engaging, and useful books of our time."- Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen

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    "Brilliant Book"

    I found the content interesting and amazing. I'm happy that the book is narrated by John as his enthusiasm and passion for his work and knowledge shines through.

    I highly rate this book and also highly recommend Brian Rules for Baby.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick F. Householder Issaquah WA 01-30-16
    Patrick F. Householder Issaquah WA 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and informative"

    I have listened to and shared this audio book with both family and friends. Everyone agrees this is a very useful and informative book. I recommend it to all.

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    Mark Myers Beautiful Taos, NM 10-21-15
    Mark Myers Beautiful Taos, NM 10-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, bad reader."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It's a useful and entertaining book, but unfortunately, the author chose to narrate it himself. Lacking the endurance of a professional narrator, his voice starts to go at Chapter 2. The sound of voice damage is too painful to bear.


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    Eleary S. Nixon 10-21-15
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    John Medina did a great job explaining the way our minds work, and in an entertaining fashion.

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    AJ 09-16-15
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    Would you listen to Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded) again? Why?

    I am truly enjoying this book during my commute. This is my second reading and I find I am catching things I missed the first time I listened to the audiobook. At this point I now want to participate in the online exercises, review diagrams and related material. Great work.


    What about John Medina’s performance did you like?

    He is a terrific reader. His voice is dynamic and engaging. Lots of vocal variety relevant to the topic. Fantastic!


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    I learned a lot and it kept my interest. The narrator does a great job.

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    "Brilliant"

    Just stunning. Challenges so much of what we think we know about what we think we know about how we see, learn and understand about the world.

    A must for all. Parents of young children will be particularly interested.

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    bkmobile 06-02-15
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    Lots of stuff I've read about in the past, nothing new to me. But maybe you'll enjoy..

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    Quick listen and some very interesting stuff. Also very nicely narrated. A highly recommend this and have listened to many audiobooks.

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    "Delightful, practical, inspiring"

    Not only was I entertained by the narrative, but I found the exclamation of complex subjects and processes to be very accessible. is analogies are powerful and at times very humorous. I found the book very "bookmarkable." I have since gone back to my bookmarks to have timely, insightful conversations with my colleagues. I have used suggestions from this book in small ways in my own classroom, with designs for bigger changes for the school as a whole.

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