Brain Rules

Brain Rules : 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

By (author) John Medina

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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 differentlyExercise improves cognitionWe are designed to never stop learning and exploringMemories are volatileSleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learnVision trumps all of the other sensesStress 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.

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  • Hardback | 301 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • 04 Sep 2008
  • Pear Press
  • Seattle
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0979777704
  • 9780979777707
  • 115,709

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Expected too much

The title gives the impression that the book offers concise and straight to the point »rules« on how the brain works and how to use it. But what it offers are rules we are already familiar with: practice, do the exercises, sleep well, avoid stress, VAK principles, we are different i.e. everyone is unique. It is a useful book for people who just developed the interest in how the brain works and how to use it more efficiently. People who are familiar with subject can avoid it - with no harm. The added CD was for me real disappointment - I was expecting some brain exercises, left- right coordination, memory techniques, instead it offers stories of what happened to some people.show more
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