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

John Medina
Format
Book; Video; Map; Atlas
Summary
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. The Brain Rules DVD is a lively tour of the 12 Brain Rules [with] clips from all 12 Brain Rules, bonus material, and MP3s from the Brain Rules audio book.--From www.brainrulesbook.com.
Language
English
Notes
  • Includes index.
  • Accompanying DVD: Brain rules / director, Rick Stevenson; producer, Mark Pearson; written by John Medina and Rick Stevenson (ca. 62 min.; 2008)
Contents
  • Exercise
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rule #9 : Stimulate more of the senses
  • Lessons from a nightclub
  • How and why all of our senses work together
  • Multisensory learning means better remembering
  • What's that smell?
  • Vision
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rule #12 : We are powerful and natural explorers
  • Babies are great scientists
  • Exploration is aggressive
  • Monkey see, monkey do
  • Curiosity is everything.
ISBN
9780979777707, 0979777704
Published
Seattle, Wash. : Pear Press, c2008.
Description
301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. + 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.)
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