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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
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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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 - 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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Fascinating & Informative

Knowing how the brain works John knows how to maintain your interest and attention. I loved that all conclusions were drawn from scientific testing.
It was interesting to learn that all boys inherit their mum's X chromosome, never their dad's. I also found the research on men's & women's emotional responses fascinating. As women we are setup to respond to & absorb the detail with men only having the ability to get the gist & he speculated that if men had the same ability that they would probabaly respond in the same way to women.
If both could appreciate & value the other's response it would lead to better outcomes in corporations & in relationships
Interesting research, fascinating book highly recommended for those that love learning about our amazing brains!

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don't bother

Unless you believe every supposition that those of the evolutionary creed throw at you, you will find this fanciful. Some interesting facts smattered amongst a whole load if guess work.

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Great book

A must read for pretty much every adult!
Super informative and well research book on HOW the different parts of the brain functions. John presents an amazing understanding on the main functions of the brain and doesn't hold back the truths about limitations in research or function. He is a great narrator as well, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be using it to better my life 👍

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Fantastic book, if only I could remember the info

A fantastic book, thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
The way John breaks down the information and supplies stories and anecdotes is great.
So much useful information, I will certainly listen to it again.

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Narrated like a kids' book

The author ruined it by narrating like he's reading to a 4-year old.
It's supposed to be a book about the brain, not a colouring book.

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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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  • 24-02-2016

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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  • 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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  • David R
  • 31-10-2019

Interesting book; uneven performance

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There are some practical insights, but the content is weighted more heavily toward theory than I had expected. The author displays genuine and palpable enthusiasm for the subject matter that makes the book fun to listen to.

The performance has the usual uneven characteristics that I have come to expect in titles that are read by the author rather than a professional narrator. There are a number of sudden changes in audio quality where a section was obviously re-recorded and spliced in. I got used to it after a while.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-2019

Solid contents and enthusiastic narration

As a former researcher, I'm impressed by how the author respects facts. He is honest about how much research has been done on each subject and gives warnings on controversial topics and inconclusive areas under active research. The narration is great. As a sleep-deprived parent of a baby, I still mostly stay awake when listening.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 09-05-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this insightful book

Very interesting content, delivered with great examples. There are many key take aways. The chapter summaries are helpful and to the point and the authors performance narrating the audiobook keeps you awake and engaged as if listening to a [very insightful] friend.

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  • MichaelB
  • 17-11-2018

Met my curiosity about how our brains 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2019

Too fast

Too fast, John narrates too fast and sometimes incomprehensible, slower is better I feel, why?

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  • Marco Vermeulen
  • 16-11-2019

Fantastic book, terrible audio

There is a very wide disparity between the actual content of the book and the vocal performance by it's author. John Medina is truly talented and undoubtedly a thought leader in his field. Unfortunately he does not have the same credentials as a voice artist and recording engineer. Not too sure if he recorded it himself, but it certainly does sound like a home job!

Picture a living room wall that was painted some time ago. As time goes by, nails and skuff marks make their way into it's finish. Someone decides to touch up the paint where it was damaged, and after the paint has dried, realises that they have created a far bigger mess than they could have anticipated.

This is exactly the effect that is created with the revision of this audio book. The book comes out unscathed after a new release, but the audio book is a disaster. It turns into a patchwork, with very audible differences in voice timbre. It seems as if the dropins where even recorded in different locations and with different equipment! In short, the final effect sounds very unprofessional and amateur.

This terrible recording distracted me to the point that I could barely listen to it. Do yourself a favour and rather buy and read the book than waste time and money on the audio version. The book itself does not disappoint, but the narration by it's author certainly does.

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  • Mighty Mike
  • 13-09-2019

Okay

this book was recommended to me i thought it was a little heavy the frist chapter was the best

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  • irinaboca
  • 03-06-2019

Brilliant book

The book has really valuable insights into the way the human mind and body work and on top of that Dr. Medina’s performance is top class! He really knows how to get your attention and keep it.

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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.