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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School Hardcover – Feb 26 2008


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  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Pear Press; Har/DVD edition (Feb. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979777704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979777707
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 30 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the Introduction, John Medina expresses his concern that most people are "out of the loop" in that they are unaware of recent and important revelations in modern neuroscience concerning "how the mind works." His purpose is to explain 12 "brain rules" and devotes a separate chapter to each. "Easily the most sophisticated information-transfer system on Earth, your brain is fully capable of taking little black squiggles on this piece of bleached wood [i.e. ink on paper] and deriving meaning from them. To accomplish this miracle, your brain sends jolts of electricity crackling through hundreds of miles of wires composed of brain cells so small that thousands of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence. You accomplish all this in less time than it takes you to blink. Indeed, you have just done it. What's equally incredible, given your intimate association with it, is this: Most of us have no idea how our brain works."

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?
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By P. D. Evans on May 10 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
explains a lot of the principles of psychology which help you to understand yourself and others. helps you see why you think the way you do.

helps you to understand how to learn and retain information. a great read for expecting parents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Kyle on June 25 2009
Format: Hardcover
It seems that not much is known about the way the mind works, which isn't really a big surprise. However, there are a few things that are coming to light and this book provides an engaging read on what they are. Each of the 12 brain rules listed covers how each affects our ability to think, learn and work and some thoughts as to why we developed the way we did.

Note, if you get the hardcover version, you'll also get a DVD with some video content about each rule and there is a companion website ([...]) with different videos and animations available (tapping into rule #5 on Short Term Memory (Remember to Repeat).

In short, the rules cover: Exercise, Survival, Wiring, Attention, Short-Term Memory, Long-Term Memory, Sleep, Stress, Sensory Integration, Vision, Gender and Exploration.

Cool points:
1. too much sleep is as harmful to learning as too little.
2. gender... well, the whole chapter is cool and no doubt going to get me in trouble if I'm ever having a pint or two and get into a "differences between genders" conversation!
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