- Hardcover: 301 pages
- Publisher: Pear Press; Har/DVD edition (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979777704
- ISBN-13: 978-0979777707
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School with DVD Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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About the Author
John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist. He teaches in the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington and is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
At this point, I need to reassure those who are now processing the "little black squiggles" that comprise this review that the key ideas in Medina's book are readily accessible to a layperson such as I who - until reading his book - had little (if any) understanding of "how our brain works." It is amazing but nonetheless true, Medina asserts, that there is a young man who can multiply the number 8,388,628 x 2 in his head in a few seconds "and he gets it right every time," that there is a girl who can correctly determine the exact dimensions of an object 20 feet away, and that there is a child who at age 6 drew "such lifelike and powerful pictures" that she got her own show on Madison Avenue.
Briefly, here are five of 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. Medina's analysis of each responds to two questions "How?Read more ›
I like the language and the humour of the author and the "seed and soil" differentiation. The chapter about the relation ship of the new parents is good to read if possible before birth. Annette
The book is an easy read and laid out in 12 clear, although sometimes overlapping, chapters. There's also a useful CD Rom that comes with the book which helps you explore the material. There's also a useful companion website.
Although this books isn't going to guarantee you a pass in your GCSE Neuroscience exam, it will have you saying, 'Well, fancy that!' a lot.
Well worth it.
The book is easy to read, has some examples and a simple description of the scientific experiments that back up the claims of the author. (so you know you get accurate information, not opinion)
This is the best book I've read so far in the category and it is a must read, especially for students (as it's seem to be geared toward learning). However I believe understanding principles of how the brain works can be useful for others as well + there is some information about stress, attention, sleeping, giving presentations etc that is also useful at a workplace.
Since it provides a good scientific overview of the brain, I believe this book will help you decide which productivity/study tips work, and which are just placebo.
I believe it would have been nice if there was a chapter about how the brain changes with age, and individual differences in the brains of people.
Find out more: http://www.brainrules.net/about-brain-rules
True to the message of the book - that the human brain did not evolve to be comfortable sitting around reading a book for long periods of time - there is an online resource and plenty of suggested activities to get your brain working better. Lots of what's here is common sense - exercise, sleep, relax - but that's part of what appeals to me: I like the fact that I know understand the scientific and neurological basis for the things I'm always being told to do!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing! I will read this again and again.
Should be mandatory reading for all teachers, parents, and leaders.
I am so glad I bought this book. It was extremely interesting. John Medina writing style is very engaging and clear albeit remaining very connected to the world of science. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Stefy
A bit of a letdown... I was expecting something more exciting than "do some exercise, take good sleeps, keep your stress under control" and so on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tommy
A great book. Very interesting read and a bit different to lots of the "what to expect" style books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs M
Clear, research-based and well-being explained. Reads quickly and has easy o implement rules and habits. Chapters for diff stages of infanthood.Published 1 month ago by mterrestre
Everything I needed and wanted to know about being a mindful parent is in this book! Lots of sound advice based on years of researchPublished 2 months ago by oiuy27
Brilliant! I just could not put this book down! Easy to read and understand and with learning objectives summarised at the end of each 'Rule' (chapter). Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. O. Willis