Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Brain Rules

I've been sent a review copy of "Brain Rules" by John Medina. The book, which includes a DVD, is an exuberant and entertaining hodgepodge of material thrown together out of which the author extracts "12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School." The DVD has a perky in your face Dr. Medina leading you through the storyline. It is an enjoyable self help book, I think aimed at hooking readers less sophisticated than most of you who read this blog. A companion website offers supplemental material and references supporting each brain rule. (I find the references idiosyncratic and a bit dated). Here are the author's bottom line rules:
EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
WIRING | Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don't pay attention to boring things.
SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
LONG-TERM MEMORY | Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
SLEEP | Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
STRESS | Rule #8: Stressed brains don't learn the same way.
SENSORY INTEGRATION | Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
VISION | Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
GENDER | Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
EXPLORATION | Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

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