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

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

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) John Medina

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  • Publisher: Pear Press
  • Format: Paperback | 301 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Seattle
  • ISBN 10: 0979777747
  • ISBN 13: 9780979777745
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,461

Product description

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.

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Author information

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist. He teaches in the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington and is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.

Customer reviews

By Pavel Ondrejovic 23 May 2014 5

I have read this book several times since I bought it...I also have the audio version read by the author himself. It is well-written, enjoyable, highly-understandable, lively...everything you want in a book and plus, it teaches you a lot about the way our brain works, what works for it and what doesn't - and why. All of it backed by cited research.

Of course, I have also read Mr. Medina's other book, Brain Rules for Baby, and that's even more fun to read ;)