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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by Mind Map: Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Extracted from the best selling book by Author John Medina.

Exercise - Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

There’s a direct link between exercise and brain power.

Exercise improves “executive function”

Sitting is not “brain friendly.”

The greatest predictor of successful aging is the presence or absence of a sedentary lifestyle.

It’s time to integrate exercise into our 8 hours at work or school.

Survival - Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.

The brain is a survival organ.

The strongest brains survive, not the strongest bodies.

Our ability to understand each other is our chief survival tool.

If someone does not feel safe with a teacher or boss, he or she may not perform as well.

There is no greater anti-brain environment than the classroom and cubicle.

Wiring - Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.

What YOU do and learn in life physically changes what your brain looks like – it literally rewires it.

No two people have the same brain, not even twins.

You can either accede to it or ignore it.

Regions of the brain develop at different rates in different people.

Most of us have a “Jennifer Aniston” neuron

Attention - Rule #4: We don't pay attention to boring things.

What we pay attention to is profoundly influenced by memory.

We pay attention to things like emotions, threats and sex.

The brain is not capable of multi-tasking.

Driving while talking on a cell phone is like driving drunk.

Workplaces and schools actually encourage this type of multi-tasking.

When you’re always online you’re always distracted.

Short-Term Memory - Rule #5: Repeat to remember.

The human brain can only hold about seven pieces of information for less than 30 seconds!

Improve your memory by elaborately encoding it during its initial moments.

Brain Rules in the classroom.

Long-Term Memory - Rule #6: Remember to repeat.

It takes years to consolidate a memory.

Medina’s dream school is one that repeats what was learned, not at home, but during the school day, 90-120 minutes after the initial learning occurred.

How do you remember better?

Forgetting allows us to prioritize events.

Sleep - Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.

When we’re asleep, the brain is not resting at all.

Sleep must be important because we spend 1/3 of our lives doing it!

We still don’t know how much we need!

Napping is normal.

Taking a nap at 3PM might make you more productive.

Don’t schedule important meetings at 3pm.

Stress - Rule #8: Stressed brains don't learn the same way.

Your brain is built to deal with stress that lasts about 30 seconds.

Stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists.

The emotional stability of the home is the single greatest predictor of academic success.

You have one brain.

Sensory Integration - Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.

Our senses work together so it is important to stimulate them!

Smell is unusually effective at evoking memory.

Smell is really important to business.

The learning link.

Vision - Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.

We are incredible at remembering pictures.

Pictures beat text as well, in part because reading is so inefficient for us.

Why is vision such a big deal to us?

Toss your PowerPoint presentations.

Gender - Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.

What’s different?

Men and women handle acute stress differently.

Men and women process certain emotions differently.

Exploration - Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

The desire to explore never leaves us despite the classrooms and cubicles we are stuffed into.

Google takes to heart the power of exploration.