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  • Brain Rules

  • 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
  • By: John J. Medina
  • Narrated by: John J. Medina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book for students.

  • By Beenre on 03-28-09

I'll recommend this to my patients

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-08

I enjoyed the book and thought that it was written in an accessible and entertaining manner. The points are familiar and not surprising to those working in the field. However, I'm a psychologist and many of my patients are not aware of the extreme impact that lack of exercise, stress and sleep have on the brain and your ability to think.

I believe that this book was written with the intent to make work and school environments more human places - that support learning and creativity. Many people berate themselves because they simply feel like they don't measure up when it's really an environment that is bad for brains.

Medina has made an excellent case for changing the world for the better and I hope that teachers and managers take notice.

63 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • The Purpose-Driven Life

  • What on Earth Am I Here For?
  • By: Rick Warren
  • Narrated by: Rick Warren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

The Purpose-Driven Life will help you understand God's amazing plan for you. Rick Warren will guide you through a spiritual journey that will transform your answer to the important question: What am I here for? Knowing God's purpose will reduce your stress, focus your energy, and give meaning to your life. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This book will be a classic treasured by generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book... but only for believers..

  • By Felix on 07-07-05

Your purpose is to proselytize!!!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-04

I didn't find the book particularly deep and didn't offer any original insights. The essence of the book basically works out to be that you are here to serve God and discover his will for you and then go out and try to preach to as many people as possible. If you are not a Christian there is really no secular message or process here for you (you might want to check out the Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama which I did find rather helpful-and it didn't matter whether you were Buddhist or not).

116 of 234 people found this review helpful