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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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  • charles
  • CONROE, TEXAS, United States
  • 03-18-13

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.

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  • Jan
  • Galax, VA, United States
  • 01-16-12

Essential reading for all professionals

Gosh, where to start? The chapters on how sleep and exercise are critical for anyone who thinks the can burn the candle at both ends and succeed long term. Multitasking? Hah! An urban myth.

As I write and speak frequently, I found the chapter on maintaining the attention of readers and seminar attendees/students/delegates particularly useful, and it will change how I perform both of these tasks forevermore. This chapter alone was well worth the Audible price and I ended up buying the hard copy for future reference.

The performance was competent and the reader/author was likeable and he kept my attention during the long Christmas drives I used to listen to this book.

Overall, a very valuable read that I'm sure I'll listen to/read again.

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What a Fun Way to Learn About The Human Brain

Medina is awesome.

What he manages to do with this work, is to make learning fun. It is full of all sorts of vivid mental pictures, as he explains the amazing organ, that is the brain. There is no off the wall, half-baked conjecture. He only includes information that is proven and tested. If he does not know something, (Or the science community in general does not know)he will simply say "we don't know".

Lots of fun - I have went though this book a few times, and seem with each review, I enjoy it more.

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Good content, TERRIBLE narration.

This was a very difficult listen, despite being packed with a good deal of interesting content, partly because of a digressive manner of writing, but mostly because of terrible narration. There are enough other "brain books" that you might better select another, or read this in print form.

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Outstanding

Brain rules is a superb mix of science, analysis, and recommendations. This is not a self help book as much as it is an overview of the current science and a "call for further research," although there is plenty to take away. Recommend for any one who is interested in the mind or science in general.

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Great presentation of technical information.

This is a great way of understanding how we learn, with practical application. I ended up buying the paper copy so I could reference back to some of his information.

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Really fantastic!

I wish that the information in this book was taught in grade schools thru college, and then applied in our real world lives. Well worth the money and time.

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Explore the fascinating world of human cognition

Must read/hear to better understand human cognition and behavior and the scientific methods towards approaching them.

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Highly interesting! Would ready/listen again.

The clarity of the text makes the content very easy to be understood. The author gives valueable information and has a way to make you excited about what comes next. I'll certainly will ready again. I find that I've got very valuable information from this reading!

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Struggled to finish this. Narrators voice was not enjoyable (the author should have paid for a narrator) and the information was too scientific with no practical application.