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Brain Rules

Posted by: Diane Brady on March 18, 2008

John Medina has a new book out in stores today called “Brain Rules” that offers 12 principles for “surviving and thriving at work, home and school.”

The rules are intuitive. What’s interesting is the reasoning. Here they are:
1/ The human brain evolved, too. (why our ancestors became increasingly allergic to inflexibility and stupidity)

2/ Exercise boost brain power. (it even lowers your odds of getting Alzheimer’s by 60%, the author suggests)

3/ Every brain is wired differently. (what you do and learn in life physically changes what your brain looks like)

4/ We don’t pay attention to boring things. (Down with Powerpoint!)

5/ In short-term memory: Repeat to remember. (“Nice to meet you, Jim. Did everyone hear what Jim said? Thanks, Jim.”)

6/ For long-term memory: Remember to repeat. (most memories disappear within minutes. Those that don’t often strengthen with time)

7/ Sleep well, think well. (loss of sleep hurts attention executive function, mood, reasoning and motor dexterity)

8/ Stressed brains do not learn the same way as non-stressed brains. (and the worst kind is feeling helpless over a situation)

9/ Stimulate more of the senses at the same time (we learn best if we get several senses revved up at the same time)

10/ Vision trumps all other senses (and a picture IS worth a thousand words)

11/ Male and female brains are different (but that doesn’t mean Larry Summers was right)

12/ We are powerful and natural explorers (there’s some baby in all of us, even until death)

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