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

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

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by John Medina
     
 

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.

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979777707
Publisher:
Pear Press
Publication date:
03/18/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

introduction 1

exercise 7

Rule #1 Exercise boosts brain power.

Our brains love motion

The incredible test-score booster

Will you age like Jim or like Frank?

How oxygen builds roads for the brain

survival 29

Rule #2 The human brain evolved, too.

What's uniquely human about us

A brilliant survival strategy

Meet your brain

How we conquered the world

wiring 49

Rule #3 Every brain is wired differently.

Neurons slide, slither, and split

Experience makes the difference

Furious brain development not once, but twice

The Jennifer Aniston neuron

attention 71

Rule #4 We don't pay attention to boring things.

Emotion matters

Why there is no such thing as multitasking

We pay great attention to threats, sex, and pattern matching

The brain needs a break!

short-term memory 95

Rule #5 Repeat to remember.

Memories are volatile

How details become splattered across the insides of our brains

How the brain pieces them back together again

Where memories go

long-term memory 121

Rule #6 Remember to repeat.

If you don't repeat this within 30 seconds, you'll forget it

Spaced repetition cycles are key to remembering

When floating in water could help your memory

sleep 149

Rule #7 Sleep well, think well.

The brain doesn't sleep to rest

Two armies at war in your head

How to improve your performance 34 percent in 26 minutes

Which bird are you?

Sleep on it!

stress 169

Rule #8 Stressed brains don't learn the same way.

Stress is good, stress is bad

A villain and a hero in the toxic-stress battle

Why the home matters to the workplace

Marriage intervention for happy couples

sensory integration 197

Rule #9 Stimulate more of thesenses.

Lessons from a nightclub

How and why all of our senses work together

Multisensory learning means better remembering

What's that smell?

vision 221

Rule #10 Vision trumps all other senses.

Playing tricks on wine tasters

You see what your brain wants to see, and it likes to make stuff up

Throw out your PowerPoint

gender 241

Rule #11 Male and female brains are different.

Sexing humans

The difference between little girl best friends and little boy best friends

Men favor gist when stressed; women favor details

A forgetting drug

exploration 261

Rule #12 We are powerful and natural explorers.

Babies are great scientists

Exploration is aggressive

Monkey see, monkey do

Curiosity is everything

acknowledgements 283

index 285

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