Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded)

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

By John Medina

Narrated by John Medina
8 hours

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If workplaces had nap rooms, multitasking was frowned upon, and meetings were held during walks, we'd be vastly more productive. Brain Rules reveals – in plain English – 12 ways our brains truly work.

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.

    Medina has taken what may be the most complex thing we know -- the human mind -- and explained it in a way that even the human mind can understand. Brain Rules is THE book on how neuroscience can help you at work and at home.

    Douglas Stone, author of Difficult Conversations

    A marvelous job in simplifying the best ways to get the most out of our brains. He is funny, tender, and completely engaging. Everyone should read this book.

    Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark

    Brain Rules is one of the most informative, engaging, and useful books of our time.

    Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen

    About the Author

    John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was the founding director of two brain research institutes: the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, at Seattle Pacific University, and the Talaris Research Institute, a nonprofit organization originally focused on how infants encode and process information. He is also the author of Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Medina lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two boys.

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    Reviews

    Few people are better qualified to help managers sift through all the hype than John Medina.

    Harvard Business Review

    A self-designated 'grumpy scientist,' Medina cites only research that has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and that has been successfully replicated. Remarkably, this molecular biologist is a gifted communicator who is able to write for both the scientist and the layperson.

    Psychiatric Times

    Dissects the workings of the brain in plain English, explaining its role in the workplace and classroom…a writing style that makes words leap off the page.

    USA TODAY

    Author

    Narrator
    John Medina

    ISBN
    9780996032636

    Length
    8 hours

    Language
    English

    Publisher
    Pear Press

    Publication Date

    Abridged
    No

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