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Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded)

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Written by: John Medina
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

What the critics say

"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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  • AJ
  • 2015-09-16

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
  • 2015-07-27

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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  • David Stewart
  • 2018-02-24

Author's voice is unbearable

This may have been a good book but I just couldn't get past the speaker's annoying voice. Waste of my $.

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  • Troy
  • 2016-08-14

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
  • 2016-01-30

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
  • 2015-10-21

Entertaining Listen

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

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  • Bekah
  • 2017-04-06

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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  • Rubye Head
  • 2019-02-22

MIND BLOWN

Not only is John an excellent narrator, the info in this book is invaluable! Its also FUN! Great stories! He writes and narrates the book the way he says the brain works to maximize attention span and learning. Genius. Amazing book, well written, incredibly engaging and powerful! I'm brimming with new ideas and my brain is working better than ever. Super insightful, practical and useful. I'm going to listen to all the rest of his books!

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  • brittney
  • 2019-01-12

A Must Read/Listen

If every human understood better how their brain worked....Wow! Share the knowledge. Consume, retain and pass it on.

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  • MichaelB
  • 2018-11-17

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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  • Damien Thouvenin
  • 2018-07-04

Les neurosciences pour tous

Un livre clair et didactique sur le cerveau, ses modes de fonctionnement et ce qu'on peut en tirer comme clé pour notre fonctionnement personnel et professionnel, seul ou en collectivité.
Chaque chapitre traite d'un sujet (le sommeil, l'attention, l'apprentissage, la diététique ... etc.) et explique comment marche notre cerveau, ce qui irait à contre sens ou au contraire permettrait de mieux tirer parti de cette connaissance.
C'est agréable à écouter, instructif et jamais ennuyeux. De la très bonne vulgarisation

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  • Shook-Pui
  • 2016-10-09

Very good and useful book

This is an evidence based, information packed, but reader friendly book, that at the end of your reading, you will have a much improved sense of how our brains generally function, and what kind of approaches we should adopt to enhance positively our learning experience and to get better results. It has much profound implications as to how schools and businesses are supposed to set up and function to achieve the intended outcome for students and employees alike. The only draw back I find with this audiobook is that personally, I find the reading pace a bit too fast and it is sustained at such pace throughout the entire book. In order to absorb, digest and reflect on the content better, I would suggest reader to pause as often as he or she requires before continuing.