Brain Rules, by John Medina, provides 12 “rules” of brain function and evidence of the body’s most brilliant organ function. In it, the author points out the way we learn and work go against the way the brain truly functions. Medina’s website has some neat visualizations, videos, and snippets of the book to whet your intellectual appetite. For example, Medina argues multitasking should be banned from work, we should all be allowed naps, and meetings should really only be conducted while we exercise so we gain the brain’s maximum productivity.
Hmmmmmm. I’m thinking of ways to change my meetings now!
Overall, some of the “brain rules” are quite “common” such as men and women thinking differently and using stories to help the brain retain information. However, Medina offers interesting history, descriptive pathophysiology, and connective stories to support the 12 rules. It’s a good listen. Maybe listen to it while you’re running. I’m sure that would make Mr. Medina proud.