Brain Rules

Brain Rules

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Book - 2014
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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--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 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.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington :, Pear Press,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: Second edition.
ISBN: 9780983263371
Branch Call Number: 612. 82 MED 2014
Characteristics: i, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 30, 2016

This book is built on good theories, broken down into bite-size pieces for the average person who doesn't remember their high school biology class. While over-simplified in my eyes (I could use an expanded version or at least a little more detail), there is no questioning that Medina's "Brain Rules" are good concepts, with supportive science and fun "ideas" for how the future could accommodate how our brains learn. If you don't feel like reading the whole book, the two memory chapters and the attention chapter are interesting and easily applicable to life.

May 18, 2016

A very informative and eye-opening book. John Medina breaks down large, complex topics into bite-size, readable chunks. If you have any interest in how the brain works, this is an easy to read book that I highly recommend.

Nov 05, 2015

Very informative, thought provoking and I think every student/professional/parent must read this book. Gained a lot of insight into how short term and long term memory works, simple steps to improve your memory and how stress effects you.

Nov 22, 2013

Wonderfully thorough and accessible! Medina presents complicated data and concepts in an engaging manner and supports his ideas with examples and stories designed to maximize recall. I loved reading this book and anticipate that I'll be referencing it often!

srmechs Jun 22, 2013

A well organized and well written introduction to how our brains work and how we can use that knowledge to improve communication and learning. Written by a developmental molecular biologist. Very interesting

Mar 11, 2011

I’m always fascinated by the human brain. The book gives tips on how to treat your best tool so it can be the sharpest for you. Well researched, simply written and peppered with just enough anecdotes to keep you entertained. Clearly, this guy knows how a reader’s mind works.

Mar 03, 2011

An entertaining explanation of brain science. Not as much real-world application as I had expected (more an explanation of how the brain works, rather than tips about how to optimize brain function).

Mar 02, 2011

Exceptional book. For a book on a technical subject is reads like a novel ... informative and entertaining ... plus the benefit of conveying a lot of learning.


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Oct 16, 2014

A fabulous overview of brain function and how to optimize it. It is research based and very readable. Many items were applicable to my classroom approach. I found it useful.

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