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 the New York Times bestseller 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.
©2014 John J. Medina (P)2014 John J. Medina
"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
"Few people are better qualified to help managers sift through all the hype than John Medina."- Harvard Business Review
"Brain Rules is one of the most informative, engaging, and useful books of our time."- Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen
Excellent information and some ah ha moments, a must read for teachers, trainers and your own development. The audio was easy listening read by the author with changes in pitch and tone.
A lot of unknown answers,, but lots of fascinating insight on how the brain works. One of the key take always is to keep curious, keep learning, to keep the brain working.
I found the content interesting and amazing. I'm happy that the book is narrated by John as his enthusiasm and passion for his work and knowledge shines through.
I highly rate this book and also highly recommend Brian Rules for Baby.
"Entertaining and informative"
I have listened to and shared this audio book with both family and friends. Everyone agrees this is a very useful and informative book. I recommend it to all.
John Medina did a great job explaining the way our minds work, and in an entertaining fashion.
"On my second read"
I am truly enjoying this book during my commute. This is my second reading and I find I am catching things I missed the first time I listened to the audiobook. At this point I now want to participate in the online exercises, review diagrams and related material. Great work.
He is a terrific reader. His voice is dynamic and engaging. Lots of vocal variety relevant to the topic. Fantastic!
"hard to finish"
his voice starts to break, like teen going through puberty. the squeaks hear the worst. I want a refund
It wasn't too in depth but enough to get the point across. Lots of stories, very entertaining. I would recommend it to everyone
"Good book, bad reader."
It's a useful and entertaining book, but unfortunately, the author chose to narrate it himself. Lacking the endurance of a professional narrator, his voice starts to go at Chapter 2. The sound of voice damage is too painful to bear.
"Not hard to follow w/o having previous knowledge"
Need to go back through every chapter for clarity but very easy to follow if have no previous knowledge of brain science. I will apply much of this to school, family, and work. Thank you Dr. Medina.
"Doesn't match the book..."
I enjoyed the book but not the audio book.
I dont understand why he had to narrate it... his voice is obnoxious and cracks.
I own the 2014, second edition book and the audio book is completely different from it.
I learned a lot and it kept my interest. The narrator does a great job.
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