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

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

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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.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great content, terrible narration

I usually find books read by the author to be greatly favorable over those that are not. This might be the one case in which I would have rather heard a professional's voice over the author's. This was difficult to endure, and I only managed to get through it because the content was so very compelling.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting, but pedigree is weak

This book starts out with the promise that all of its statements are based on peer-reviewed studies whose results have been reproduced many times. Yet many of the book's claims about the brain are based on our presumed evolutionary past. Whatever the merits of the evolutionary claim, certainly its impact on our brain function could never be reproduced in any scientific study. Interesting book, but it makes scientific pedigree claims it cannot back up.

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 03-29-09

Inspirational and Informative

Psychiatrist Elyn Saks has schizophrenia and she tells about it in this fine book. The story line is inspirational, disturbing, and informative. Dr. Saks tells about experiencing this disorder and how she came to cope with it. Along the way, the listener learns a great deal about the care of those with mental problems, how drugs taken to remedy their conditions effect them, and how one patient navigated that world. Her descriptions are excellent and the reading is great. When you move from download 1 to download 2, Dr. Saks back tracks making schizophrenia undersandable historically and clinically. Dr. Saks makes her points about problems in the mental health "industry" without being preachy. This is not an ideological work, but one which will inform and inspire.

6 of 16 people found this review helpful