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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.

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

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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

Good information

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

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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

Brain Rules

Wonderful book. Learned a lot. She spoke simply that all would enjoy and not have to be a science major.

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Good read

This is an interesting book on how the brain works. The author uses real life examples and provides insight on how humans learn. As an educator, I loved the connections and implications to teaching at all grade levels.

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Fantastic Content

Great info. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about the mind and human behavior.
The author should have hired a professional narrator, but it doesn't really detract from the overall package.
He does have some opinions that if plainly presented would qualify as "an agenda" but he does a fine job of separating those opinions from the facts presented.

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  • Pavel
  • Czech Republic
  • 07-21-09

Food for brain

Compelling book, sometimes hard to follow via audio. I'm thinking about buying hard copy, there are chapters I plan to go through several times.

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  • Joseph
  • Springfield, NJ, USA
  • 07-03-09

Good content, poorly read

This is an interesting book for the content. However, it is better to read this book than to listen to it. This book is poorly read by the author who is overly expressive and frequently raises his voice to a squeak.

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Insightful book

I recommend this book for all parents who want to understand their children better.

People who want work in area of reform related to work place, education systems etc should also go through this book.

People who feel sinful about wasting time in sleeping MUST listen to this book.

for me the best rule is the last one

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  • James
  • Leander, TX, USA
  • 05-10-09

Insightful, though a bit long winded

I found the book to be overall interesting, and insightful. Though the end examples on the author's examples of how he wished different models would work sometimes seemed to be there just to fill up the book.
Though some of the information is common knowledge, the author does give a clearer view of some of the information, and does so in an entertaining way. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to step into learning about the way they work, it's worth it.