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Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Medina

Narrated By: John Medina

Publisher: Pear Press

Date: August 2014

Duration: 8 hours 2 minutes


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 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.


  • cynthia j

    Good book, informative for an educator....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Elise Barrymore

    A very interesting book. I loved how it was read! It's definitely something to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bonnie Klopach

    This book was excellent at explaining the complexities of the human brain in a way that can be understood by any non-scientist. The topics were clearly defined and expertly delivered. The narrator was engaging and a suitable voice for subject matter. I didn't give it five stars because I expected the book to be a little more in-depth and scientific. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants an introductory understanding about how the brain works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bobby Gosvener

    Every human or healthcare provider should read or listen to this book as a fundamental requirement. Great delivery, easy to understand and inspirational.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.