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Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded)

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Narrated by: John Medina
Length: 8 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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

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loved it

fascinating and easy enough to grasp for the lay person. narration is clear and well paced.

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excellent

great insight from the author and narrator himself. recommended read. tumbs up to medina -

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A Must Read

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.

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Curiosity is key!

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.

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  • AJ
  • 16-09-2015

On my second read

Would you listen to Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded) again? Why?

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.

What about John Medina’s performance did you like?

He is a terrific reader. His voice is dynamic and engaging. Lots of vocal variety relevant to the topic. Fantastic!

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  • Christopher Sambolec
  • 27-07-2015

Brilliant Book

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.

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  • Troy
  • 14-08-2016

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.

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  • Patrick F. Householder
  • 30-01-2016

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.

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  • Eleary S. Nixon
  • 21-10-2015

Entertaining Listen

John Medina did a great job explaining the way our minds work, and in an entertaining fashion.

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  • Bekah
  • 06-04-2017

Dear Publishers . . .

Any additional comments?

Dear Publishers,

Please don't allow authors to read their own books. I know that it seems like reading a book would be easy for someone who actually wrote the book, but it almost never works out well. In fact, it usually works out as well as it likely would to have a narrator first author a book before reading it.

At this point, we're accustomed to professional narrators, with their skilled cadence and timing. Unless you're prepared to train an author to do that, please let them stick to what they're good at: writing.

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  • MichaelB
  • 17-11-2018

Met my curiosity about how our btains work.

Being natrated by the author was a good choice in this case. He personalized it very well with intuitive voice inflections at just the right spots. The subject was current and included integrating the modern technological world we know in 2018.

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  • Eric
  • 21-08-2018

My favorite book of all time.

I've religiously read this book several times, so when i found out it had an audiobook version I was hyped as all heck. Honestly, no idea why I was so hyped. It's still the exact same book. Regardless its hands down my favorite book of all time and reading this has had an extremely positive impact on my life! How many books can you say that about?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2018

Everyone must read, from parent to business person

Real enjoyed this book, we recommend it to clients when we do speech, coaching, as it scientifically demonstrates how to communicate in ways that people will remember. I sped the narration up to 1.25x, and I found it much more enjoyable. I am intrigued by the learning mechanisms he proposed in the book, such as in schools and businesses, that I hope one day we can implement to be smarter and just more effective with processing information. I highly recommend this!!

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  • Cheyenne
  • 27-06-2018

Great research, engagingly shared!

Great research, engagingly shared! A definite recommendation to parents & teaching colleagues alike! Good stuff & fun, too!

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  • A G Leith
  • 11-10-2018

Fascinating and addictive

Very well narrated, with good working examples to help you understand the methodology and facts.
Wish I’d read this years ago

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2018

Very informative

I need to listen to this book again.
There's so much great information in here.
Thanks for a well written informative book!

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  • Hannah
  • 03-04-2018

Superb

Gripping, amusing, incredibly informative. I loved this audiobook. It’s pitched at just the right level.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 31-07-2017

Essential understanding of how our brains work

Definitely one of the most useful and accessible books I've listened to in a while about how brains work and how we best process information. If you want to understand people and learning, this is a good place to begin. It's going on my re-listen list.