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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School | [John J. Medina]

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

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?
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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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    Ariela Thoudand Oaks, CA, USA 01-05-09
    Ariela Thoudand Oaks, CA, USA 01-05-09
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    "Somewhat interesting"

    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.

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    Thomas 04-08-13
    Thomas 04-08-13
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    "A most useful & entertaining book. Best this yr.?"
    Where does Brain Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules to and why?

    "Thinking Fast and Slow". Because it's a science based book that questions what we perceive as reality.


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

    Your brain is busy and fills in the spaces with what it expects. But what you expect isn't always what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tayler Fuquay Varina, NC, United States 04-03-13
    Tayler Fuquay Varina, NC, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!"
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy Corinth, TX, USA 04-09-09
    Brandy Corinth, TX, USA 04-09-09
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    "interesting & enjoyable/annoying narration"

    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Port Jefferson, NY, USA 04-25-08
    Steve Port Jefferson, NY, USA 04-25-08 Member Since 2014
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    "repetitive, repetitive, repetitive"

    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!!

    77 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony TokyoJapan 01-15-10
    Anthony TokyoJapan 01-15-10
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    "He knows what he is talking about"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-19-09 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent book, bad narration."

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LoveFromBothSides 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Owning Your Brain Made Easy!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charles CONROE, TEXAS, United States 03-18-13
    charles CONROE, TEXAS, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Brain rules is good FYI"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules the most enjoyable?

    This audio covers how the brain works in an entertaining style unlike many others on the subject.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It provides a list of rules that will improve your ability to learn or teach a subject.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NYNM 03-22-12
    NYNM 03-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good material Sqeaky narrator"

    Medina's book about the brain is fascinating, but the narrator is wierdly squeaky. While the content is good, the voice is distracting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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