Brain Rules by John Medina

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Brain Rules by John Medina

I recently finished reading a great book and felt like sharing it – Brain Rules by John Medina.  I must say, that for a molecular biologist and brain scientist, he sure writes well.  He uses clear definitions, fun analogies, and great visuals that give the reader a better understanding of a complex topic in very easy to understand portions.

Medina is absolutely brilliant when it comes to understanding the complexities of the brain, keeping it healthy, utilizing it most effectively, and keeping it interested and focused! He demonstrates everything in a way that is very entertaining and never boring.

If you have a fascination with how the brain works, truths and myths about the brain, or how we can change our environments to improve learning, then I recommend this book.

His book is organized around 12 Principles which he supports with stories, research, and explanations.  It is truly a fun and easy read.  The principles are simple but the chapters are filled with detail and fun facts.  These principles include:

  1. Exercise boosts brain power. The power of exercise on the brain!
  2. The human brain evolved, too.
  3. Every brain is wired differently.
  4. We don’t pay attention to boring things.
  5. Repeat to remember.
  6. Remember to repeat.
  7. Sleep well, think well.
  8. Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
  9. Stimulate more of the senses.
  10. Vision trumps all other senses.
  11. Male and female brains are different.
  12. We are powerful and natural explorers.

He does a great job of intertwining scientific lingo and definitions into his easy to understand examples and stories. The book gives you a great jumping board to go and learn more when you finish.

Here is the intro paragraph and you can try and tell me that this isn’t fascinating:

“Go ahead and multiply the number 8,388,628 x 2 in your head.  Can you do it in a few seconds?  There is a young man who can double that number 24 times in a space of a few seconds.  He gets it right every time.  There is a boy who can tell you the precise time of day at any moment, even in his sleep.  There is a girl who can correctly determine the exact dimensions of an object 20 feet away.  There is a child who at age 6 drew such lifelike and powerful pictures, she got her own show at a gallery on Madison Avenue.  Yet none of these children could be taught to tie their shoes.  Indeed, none of them have an IQ greater than 50.

The brain is an amazing thing.”

If you would like a basic understanding of the wiring of the brain, why we do what we do, and how to promote brain health, then do yourself a favor and check this book out.

Have you read it? Tell us what you thought about it!


Book Link: Brain Rules by John Medina

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3 thoughts on “Brain Rules by John Medina”

  1. Josh says:

    Yep! I read it and couldn’t put it down. He keeps you interested the whole way through! A great primer into the brain!

    1. Greg Yung says:

      I would have to agree with you Josh!

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