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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John J. Medina Narrator: John J. Medina Publisher: Pear Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/19/2014

    " John Medina is an engaging writer and speaker (if you ever get the chance to hear him, or check out some of his video clips on you tube). He is brilliant and yet able to break his knowledge down for everyday folk like me. When listening to him, or reading the info in his books, many "aha" moments abounded. If he had a fan club, I would join it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Totallynotyourenglishteacher | 2/10/2014

    " A brain scientist's guide to thinking and living life according to how our brains were designed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/9/2014

    " Book club pick for april "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting and easy to read, but if you have a background in psych or learning disabilities some of the information is review. Still a good read though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginette Smith | 2/2/2014

    " I wiahed I had such a teacher in medical school. It is quite an art to make such an arid and specialized topic into a thoroughly enjoyable read. The author uses humor, examples, common sense to guide the reader to an understanding of the complex machine our brain is. He also shows how a partnership between brain science and education could help teachers, parents, and students gather the benefits of an adaptive learning process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edy | 1/26/2014

    " Wonderful book. So much research has been done on the brain in recent years--this book explains some of the findings in an easy-to-read manner. I highly recommend this book for educators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Hansen | 1/22/2014

    " This is one of the first books I've read on the new brain science. Very exciting to learn how resilient our brains are and that we can continue to learn all our life. I need to re-read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 1/20/2014

    " It's so much more than simplistic platitudes - this book is packed with fascinating information on brain structure and function. It's more like an owner's guide for the brain. I borrow almost all the books I read from the library, but I'd recommend buying this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 1/6/2014

    " Highly engaging and not at all directed only for academic folk. It alluded me to becoming more active for my brain -- and evolution's sake and was particuarly helpful in terms of study habits that I should adopt. The personal anecdotes given by the author also made this an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy Pryor | 12/23/2013

    " This is a nice compilation of some different practical things that have been learned about the brain, like the usefulness of sleep and exercise. But a little light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinodh Tharma | 10/16/2013

    " This book helped me to know more about brain function.And how vital it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/16/2013

    " An excellent read. Based on good science. And author writes engagingly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 8/11/2013

    " A little speculative in spots, not quite as good as "The Brain that Changes Itself" but a quick easy read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elyse | 6/11/2013

    " never want to read Somthing this boring ever again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Weiss | 4/15/2013

    " Loved this book! Easy to understand and lots of ideas about how I can personally use my brain better! Must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Click | 12/19/2012

    " I thought this book was very enlightening: from an educator's point of view esp. although I became very aware of how my brain works - or doesn't work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 10/13/2012

    " Nothing ground breaking, but nicely put together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 4/18/2012

    " This is our next book club selection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 4/3/2012

    " Really liked the presentation of the accepted (i.e. peer reviewed, replicated, gold standard) ideas of how we learn and process thoughts. gave me good ideas for improving coursework and classroom presentation. i'll be reading this one again soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon Larson | 1/14/2012

    " There was some good chapters in this book, but overall it was just ok. The chapters on sleep and stress were probably my favorites. Not as many takeaways as I would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/9/2011

    " easy read, but interesting and useful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logo | 8/4/2011

    " I picked this book up as I was running through the library to pick up some books on hold. It is a very quick read. Accessible writing backed by solid science and applied in sensible ways. I loved it. I have control over my kids' learning environment and picked up some good tips, for them and for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 5/15/2011

    " Very good! It is definitely for the layman though. It gives you insight on Brain science and is a good introduction for anyone new to neurological studies. I extremely enjoy that it discusses ways to improve public education, as reform is much needed. Read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BlackOlive | 5/14/2011

    " As a designer, the information presented here is extremely useful when trying to explain/justify the design process and purpose. This is for everyone, though, and directly applicable to most situations at home and work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John E | 5/10/2011

    " I like how Medina incorporates modern research and science in the book. Sometimes his example miss the mark IE negative reinforcement but for the most part he does a good job of putting the information in digestible packets. You can tell he really wants to make happy children and happy parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/29/2011

    " Medina is very technical and uses a lot of research, but it is a great read for anyone because you uses example and analogies to simplify certain points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lmckinney | 4/26/2011

    " I love to read anything about brain development. For those who like to learn about what they are able to do or how they can improve their life should open this book and start reading. The author writes in a interactive way and sometimes makes you think you talk with him right then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bert | 4/23/2011

    " Clear and concise description of what we need to do to survive the 21st Century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renuka | 4/22/2011

    " It is a pretty comprehensive guide to understanding the brains. It's written in a very entertaining way. I don't agree with his ideas on how it can be used in schools. I felt that his ideas were "leaps" when thinking about the original concepts. Other than that, I recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/16/2011

    " This book was interesting, but the author really didn't give any practical advice on how to implement his ideas. It was like, "In an ideal world, we would all get an afternoon nap." There were some interesting tidbits about how the brain works, but no concrete ideas for implementing them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abid | 4/13/2011

    " fascinating book.......there are some real ways of interpreting human behavior and understanding each other here...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LadySauce | 4/5/2011

    " Started out strong and chock-full of good info., but then dragged at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 4/3/2011

    " While I did learn a lot about the brain through this book, it sort of dragged on for me with some of the scientific research. I did appreciate the sense of humor that Medina used throughout the book as it kept it from being one of those totatlly dry and boring science books. "

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