Brain Rules

About Brain Rules

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.

The 12 Brain Rules, illustrated

After you read a chapter, reinforce the main points through illustrations, charts and video.

Evolution SURVIVAL: The human brain evolved, too.

Exercise EXERCISE: Exercise boosts brain power.

sleep SLEEP: Sleep well, think well.

stress STRESS: Stressed brains don't learn the same way.

wiring WIRING: Every brain is wired differently.

attention ATTENTION: We don't pay attention to boring things.

shortterm MEMORY: Repeat to remember.

multisensory SENSORY INTEGRATION: Stimulate more of the senses.

vision VISION: Vision trumps all other senses.

gender GENDER: Male and female brains are different.

exploration EXPLORATION: We are powerful and natural explorers.

 

 

What's a Brain Rule?

It's one thing scientists know for sure about how our brains work.

Book + Film + Web

Brain Rules is more than a book. It’s a multimedia project.

The Brain Rules Bonus DVD is included with every hardcover and audio book because vision trumps all other senses. You can also watch the videos online.

The interactive tutorials on this site are built around the memory Brain Rule—Repeat to remember—to reinforce the ideas in the book.

The book is packed with stories, science and real-world ideas.

 


From the book