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Brain Rules Audiobook

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

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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 - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at 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 information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

In Brain Rules, molecular biologist Dr. John Medina 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 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 finds, to his surprise, that we have a "Jennifer Aniston neuron". You'll meet a boy who has an amazing memory for music but can't tie his own shoes.

Visit http://brainrules.net/dvd to view videos mentioned in the book.

©2008 John J. Medina; (P)2008 Pear Press

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    Bruce Ashburton, Australia 12-26-11
    Bruce Ashburton, Australia 12-26-11

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    "Brain Rules Opens Your Mind to Life's Rules"
    Would you listen to Brain Rules again? Why?

    Yes definitely. There is so much good information here it is difficult to absorb in one hearing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not relevant


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to specify just one


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Reinforce your learning experience. Revisit your new material soon after first exposure.


    Any additional comments?

    A real eye-opener into cognition that dispels a few myths and provides a pathway for enhanced enjoyment of learning.

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    LucyLu 12-23-11
    LucyLu 12-23-11 Member Since 2010

    Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.

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    "Great book"

    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.

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    tasson Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 12-21-11
    tasson Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 12-21-11 Member Since 2017

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    "Who knew our brains were so interesting?"

    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.

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    Loretta Kalb 12-19-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Good read for brain-curious listeners"
    What did you love best about Brain Rules?

    It had satisfying detail about how the brain works, the function of the various areas of the brain and how they interact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author was methodical in his research and spelled out the science in terms that the lay reader can understand.


    What does John J. Medina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Understanding of brain function has definitely progressed since I last read about it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 12-10-11
    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    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

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    Richard B. Gasaway 09-26-10
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    "Brain Rules"

    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.

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    Mark A. Sturgell Decatur, Illinois USA 06-22-10
    Mark A. Sturgell Decatur, Illinois USA 06-22-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Narration is grating but content is great"

    John Medina should have allowed a professional to narrate his book (the pre-pubescent sounding squeaks of his own adult voice are grating) - the only reason I give it less than 5 stars. There are numerous good neuroscience books out, but Medina's "Rules" are most helpful in understanding neuroscience with practical applications to which anyone can benefit. These are easy-to-understand Rules to learn from and apply, which can improve individual, team and organizational performance whether you're a homemaker or CEO.

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    William Brigham City, UT, USA 06-08-10
    William Brigham City, UT, USA 06-08-10
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    "Good information"

    The narration on the audio is a bit grating but the information is good.

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    Jeannette Potomac, MD, USA 05-25-10
    Jeannette Potomac, MD, USA 05-25-10
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    "An Entertaining Book About a Serious Subject"

    I'm not sure why I bought this book, but I'm glad I did. It tells about brain function in a very entertaining way. It is full of stories that are fun to repeat to friends. I've actually listened to portions of it several times.

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    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 05-14-10
    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 05-14-10
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    Wonderful book. Learned a lot. She spoke simply that all would enjoy and not have to be a science major.

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    Neath, United Kingdom
    10/11/11
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    "Brilliant brain food"

    The passion of the author brings this audiobook to life in your head and makes the concepts stick, he's a remarkable narrator. For me the sign of a good book in this category is just how practical it is to apply and that's the frame of my review.

    As a corporate trainer and facilitator I found the practical tips in this book, and demonstrated throughout by the author in the way to book is written, powerful and easy to apply. For me the most useful ideas that I now apply daily are:

    - People don’t pay attention to boring things. You have to grab attention, this gives you 10 minutes to get your point across and at ten minutes grab their attention again but how...

    - With something emotional and relevant! The idea is to use emotionally competent stimulus every 10 minutes to grab the attention. The author does this in, often funny, visual descriptions of the scientists he references and the stories he tells. See if you can forget the story about the burglary, the trainee surgeon or the walk to nursery after listening to this book. These simple stories are burned on my memory.

    I'm in the process of looking at all the training presentations I write and deliver. I was still working under the notion of 20 minute attention span and now I can see why some of my sessions are successful - those with a big enough hook and relevant stories within - and the others well they were less effective.

    There is so much more goodness in this book, for example the exercise chapter provides so much motivation to get moving. I liked being able to see the author in the follow up videos (which confirmed his genuine passion and belief in his message) and the chapter summaries at brainrules.com are an excellent reminder of the main points.

    Now I wonder if I can incorporate the 26 minute afternoon nap (for a 34% performance gain) into what we do?

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  • Malcolm Russell
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    5/18/11
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    "Mind.. your body!"

    John Medina???s ability to speak passionately and engagingly makes this book a real treat! And hey! Mind and body are NOT two separate ???bits???. Just a small investment in getting a bit more oxygen upstairs will make all the difference. As someone once famously said, ???It???s not rocket surgery!??? But it is brain science ??? delivered in a chatty, sometimes mischievous but always accessible way. So do your body and your brain a favour ??? it beats la dolce viagra any day!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    1/26/15
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    "Great book"

    I teach art and design to large groups of students. I have put lots of the ideas in this into practice to great effect. I will be listening to this book again.

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  • Dr V
    1/25/15
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    "Great book"

    As a clinical psychologist this book is a must read. A well presented book which was easy to follow and made lots of sense.

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  • BR
    Harlow, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "A fabulous listen!"
    If you could sum up Brain Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful
    Challenging
    Clear


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brain Rules is extremely well written; it flows and has delightful, personal analogies to maintain its delight (and of course reinforce the point of the brain needing to regularly refocus its attention. This is an audiobook that you can dip into and out of since there are separate brain rules. Use the accompanying web materials and you have a brilliant resource for how we think. And why children can trick us!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I most enjoyed the seen with John and his son. 'Danger!' was the word quietly uttered but it wasn't heeded. Ouch!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile and want even more to put the words into action.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-listen for anyone interested in how the brain works. It should be compulsory training for psychology courses but it's so well written and so tangible for the 'person in the street' wanting to better their brain.

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