Brain Rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school

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Scribe Publications Pty Limited, May 30, 2011 - Psychology - 320 pages
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An updated and expanded edition of the international bestseller

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details that every business leader, parent, and teacher should know — for instance, that physical activity helps to get your brain working at its best.

How do we learn? What do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multitasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget — and so important to repeat new information?

In Brain Rules, Dr John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in brain science, and how it can 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 offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

In this expanded edition — which includes additional information on the brain rules and a new chapter on music — you will discover how every brain is wired differently, why memories are volatile, and how stress and sleep can influence learning. By the end, you’ll understand how your brain really works — and how to get the most out of it.

PRAISE FOR JOHN MEDINA

‘Words leap off the page.’ USA Today

‘Entertaining, lively and accessible’ Better Homes and Gardens

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Short, but informative and engaging. I appreciate that Medina explains the biology clearly, tries not to generalize too much (even the "principles" of the title are more suggestions and ideas for ... Read full review

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User Review  - jlapac - LibraryThing

This is a great book. It combines brain science with evolution, how people learn and the stupidities of how we teach. It took me a long time to actually read, but in the process I gave two ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant, and he is an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was the founding director of two brain research institutes: the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, at Seattle Pacific University, and the Talaris Research Institute, a non-profit organisation originally focused on how infants encode and process information. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two boys.

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