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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tiffany Willis
  • 12-06-2019

Simply outstanding

This is a must read book for all educators and Should be a prerequisite for all politicians and Business leaders.

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  • Scott
  • 19-05-2019

Some material I didn’t already know

If you listen to brain development/improvement books you will already be familiar with most of this content. I was pleased, though, that this book contained additional information that I had not heard before. While some parts were tedious, overall it was worthwhile for me.

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  • No Longer Sleepless in Seattle!
  • 27-04-2019

What’s is “True Diversity”?

Let’s write together. Let’s write together. I have all of (& other djsciplines, not to mention the PhD in life that allows me to develop a metamorphosis of all.

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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.