• Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded)

  • 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-02-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pear Press
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (618 ratings)

Regular price: $20.97

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • AJ
  • 09-16-15

On my second read

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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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.

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Not hard to follow w/o having previous knowledge

Need to go back through every chapter for clarity but very easy to follow if have no previous knowledge of brain science. I will apply much of this to school, family, and work. Thank you Dr. Medina.

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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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Entertaining Listen

John Medina did a great job explaining the way our minds work, and in an entertaining fashion.

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Dear Publishers . . .

Any additional comments?

Dear Publishers,

Please don't allow authors to read their own books. I know that it seems like reading a book would be easy for someone who actually wrote the book, but it almost never works out well. In fact, it usually works out as well as it likely would to have a narrator first author a book before reading it.

At this point, we're accustomed to professional narrators, with their skilled cadence and timing. Unless you're prepared to train an author to do that, please let them stick to what they're good at: writing.

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Great for rounding out your worldview!

Well, I certainly enjoyed this. I listiened to this mainly while I commuted. I knew only fragments of information here. Don't get much brain science in the military. The most outstanding to me was actually an explanation and a validation of my family's practice of going for a walk whenever conflicts arose. Guess we get cranky and stagnant when we are still. Always made us feel better. According to John Medina, that's how brains developed. It inspired me to go on more walks and to handle important business while walking. The rest of the talking points were pretty cool as well and definitely worth a listien. I feel like I know a lot more now about being human than I did before.

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awesome book

Great book. i learned so much .i am recommending it to everyone that i know.

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LOOKS GOOD.

I REALLY WANT2 GeT INT2 THISSS IT SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY REALLY PRODUCTIVE READ AND IM MUCH MORE INCLINED 2 LISTENING THAN EVER.

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Engaging

Medina knows the rules for capturing and retaining the audience's attention and he follows those rules. The reader is simultaneously educated and entertained.

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  • Hannah
  • 04-03-18

Superb

Gripping, amusing, incredibly informative. I loved this audiobook. It’s pitched at just the right level.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 07-31-17

Essential understanding of how our brains work

Definitely one of the most useful and accessible books I've listened to in a while about how brains work and how we best process information. If you want to understand people and learning, this is a good place to begin. It's going on my re-listen list.

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  • 02-20-18

loved it

fascinating and easy enough to grasp for the lay person. narration is clear and well paced.

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  • Mark sammut
  • 07-13-16

excellent

great insight from the author and narrator himself. recommended read. tumbs up to medina -

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  • clinton
  • 03-01-16

A Must Read

Excellent information and some ah ha moments, a must read for teachers, trainers and your own development. The audio was easy listening read by the author with changes in pitch and tone.

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  • tatiana
  • 02-24-16

Curiosity is key!

A lot of unknown answers,, but lots of fascinating insight on how the brain works. One of the key take always is to keep curious, keep learning, to keep the brain working.