Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

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Pear Press, Jul 6, 2010 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
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In 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.

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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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Der Molekularbiologe und ehemalige Professor der University of Washington John Medina ist Gr??ndungsdirektor des Talaris Research Institute in Seattle, eines privaten Forschungszentrums, das sich der Frage widmet, wie Babys lernen, und das als Hauptsponsor den Aufbau des neuen Center for Mind, Brain and Learning an der University of Washington unterst??tzt. W??hrend seiner universit??ren Forscherlaufbahn hat sich Medina unter anderem mit der Isolierung und Charakterisierung von Genen befasst, die an der Entwicklung des Herz-Kreislauf-Systems beteiligt sind. Seit einigen Jahren widmet er sich verst??rkt der Wissenschaftskommunikation. Sein voriges Buch "The Clock of Ages" (deutsch: "Die Uhr des Lebens") ist viel gelobt worden.

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