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About John Medina
John Medina, author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules" and the national bestseller "Brain Rules for Baby," is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate professor of bioegineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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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 forgetand 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 rulewhat scientists know for sure about how our brains workand 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 worksand how to get the most out of it.
In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really workand why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control.
Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops and what you can do to optimize it.
You will view your childrenand how to raise themin a whole new light. You’ll learn:
Where nature ends and nurture begins
Why men should do more household chores
What you do when emotions run hot affects how
your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe
TV is harmful for children under 2
Your child’s ability to relate to others predicts her
future math performance
Smart and happy are inseparable. Pursuing your child’s
intellectual success at the expense of his happiness
Praising effort is better than praising intelligence
The best predictor of academic performance is not
IQ. It’s self-control
What you do right nowbefore pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five yearswill affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.
How come I can never find my keys? Why don't I sleep as well as I used to? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp? Scientists know. Brain Rules for Aging Well, by developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, gives you the facts, and the prescription to age well, in his signature engaging style.
With so many discoveries over the years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain. All of it is captivating. A great deal of it is unexpected.
In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Medina showed us how our brains really work, and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match. In Brain Rules for Baby, he gave parents the brain science they need to know to raise happy, smart, moral kids. Now, in Brain Rules for Aging Well, Medina shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. In a book destined to be a classic on aging, Medina's fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into the science.
Brain Rules for Aging Well is organized into four sections, each laying out familiar problems with surprising solutions. First up, the social brain, in which topics ranging from relationships to happiness and gullibility illustrate how our emotions change with age. The second section focuses on the thinking brain, explaining how working memory and executive function change with time. The third section is all about your body: how certain kinds of exercise, diets, and sleep can slow the decline of aging. Each section is sprinkled with practical advice, for example, the fascinating benefits of dancing, and the brain science behind each intervention.
The final section is about the future. Your future. Medina connects all the chapters into a plan for maintaining your brain health.
You may already be experiencing the sometimes-unpleasant effects of the aging process. Or you may be deeply concerned about your loved ones who are. Either way, Brain Rules for Aging Well is for you.
Brain Rules for Work by developmental molecular biologist and author Dr. John Medina, explores the various aspects of work through the lens of peer-reviewed science.
Having written New York Times bestselling works Brain Rules, Brain Rules for Baby and Brain Rules for Aging Well, Dr. Medina turns his expertise towards the professional world, guiding us through what brain science and evolutionary biology have to say about topics from office space and work/life balance to power dynamics and work interactions in the time of COVID-19. Medina's charming descriptions and hilarious anecdotes break the science down to practical applications that you can put into use next Monday to improve your work life and the work lives of those around you.
Why taking breaks in nature during the workday improves productivity
How planning a meeting beforehand makes it more effective
Why an open office plan isn't a good office plan
How a more diverse team is a more potent team
What exactly about talking to co-workers online is so exhausting
Why allowing for failure is vital to a company's success
What power can do to an executive who has just been promoted
Procrastination is not due to laziness, rather an avoidance of negative feelings
Which personality tests will help you find the right fit for the job-hint: it's not the Myers-Briggs
The surprising source of a leader's charisma
And what our work lives will look like in a post-pandemic world
Whether you are an employee at a company looking to become successful or an executive who wants to ensure the success of your employees, Brain Rules For Work is both a useful tool and a compelling guide for you and your co-workers.
Marvel at the neuroscientific reasons why smart teens make dumb decisions!
Behold the mind-controlling power of executive function!
Thrill to a vision of a better school for the teenage brain!
Whether you're a parent interacting with one adolescent or a teacher interacting with many, you know teens can be hard to parent and even harder to teach. The eye-rolling, the moodiness, the wandering attention, the drama. It's not you, it's them. More specifically, it's their brains.
In accessible language and with periodic references to Star Trek, motorcycle daredevils, and near-classic movies of the '80s, developmental molecular biologist John Medina, author of the New York Times best-seller Brain Rules, explores the neurological and evolutionary factors that drive teenage behavior and can affect both achievement and engagement. Then he proposes a research-supported counterattack: a bold redesign of educational practices and learning environments to deliberately develop teens' cognitive capacity to manage their emotions, plan, prioritize, and focus.
Attack of the Teenage Brain! is an enlightening and entertaining read that will change the way you think about teen behavior and prompt you to consider how else parents, educators, and policymakers might collaborate to help our challenging, sometimes infuriating, often weird, and genuinely wonderful kids become more successful learners, in school and beyond.
Un cervello voluminoso come il nostro è un organo molto esigente: pur costituendo appena il 2 per cento della massa corporea, divora il 20 per cento dell’energia disponibile. Sappiamo molte cose, sul nostro cervello, ma è ancora troppo poco. Come funziona? Di che cosa ha bisogno per funzionare al meglio? Perché è in grado di imparare così bene? Perché è così incline a dimenticare selettivamente?
John Medina per anni ha svolto ricerche sulle misteriose connessioni tra geni e comportamento. La ricerca in questo campo – dentro il più sofisticato sistema di trasferimento di informazioni a noi noto (cioè il nostro cervello) – corrisponde all’attraversamento di uno dei più affascinanti territori intellettuali che si conoscano.
In questo libro, sulla base delle cognizioni più avanzate e dell’analisi di casi concreti, John Medina ci informa con grande vivacità narrativa, presentandoci vari aspetti, o «regole» – dodici, per l’esattezza –, relative al funzionamento del cervello. Ogni argomento, che Medina presenta con humour garbato nei passaggi più tecnici, fornisce idee di applicazione nella vita di tutti i giorni, in particolare sul lavoro e a scuola. Alla fine, ci accorgeremo che il libro tiene fede alle promesse e che rende conto delle immense potenzialità del nostro cervello e dei modi più efficaci per utilizzarle.
Da anni John Medina è apprezzato per i suoi studi e per gli illuminanti saggi sul funzionamento del cervello. Per i lettori è facile stabilire con i suoi libri un rapporto di tenace affezione, perché Medina è uno dei non moltissimi uomini di scienza che sanno spiegare nel migliore dei modi le cose più difficili. Ed è proprio il caso di questo suo nuovo libro, ora arricchito di un nuovo, fondamentale capitolo sul sonno, concepito per rispondere alle domande concrete che milioni di genitori si pongono nei confronti dei loro figli. Che cosa si può fare per crescere bambini felici e intelligenti? Secondo Medina, scienziato e sottile decifratore – in quanto egli stesso padre di due figli – di esperienze condivise con molti genitori, si può fare parecchio. Frutto di anni di lavoro, in Naturalmente intelligenti confluisce un vasto complesso di nozioni derivanti dalla psicologia comportamentale nonché; dalla biologia cellulare e molecolare, che John Medina riesce efficacemente a tradurre in chiare istruzioni pratiche nell’intento di assistere mamme e papà nel difficile compito di prendersi cura di un piccolo essere umano indifeso e di farlo crescere sano, felice e intelligente.