Want to get better grades on tests? Wear perfume to class. Want to solve a tricky puzzle? Go to sleep.
If there’s an organ that is singly crucial for sustaining human life, in all it’s Netflix-watching, fiction-writing, traveling-through-space glory, it is arguably the brain.
What helps you make decisions and dictates your personality? That mass of neurons resting in your skull.
How do we learn? Is memory permanent? In this short, well written, and lucid book, Medina tries to answer all of those questions with neuroscience. Each section of the book is short and divided into what he calls “brain rules”, and at the end of each section there are also practical tips, probably the best and most useful part of the book, to help us integrate the science into our every day lives. (Wear perfume when you first learn something and wear the same perfume when you take the test and BAM— better grades. Wanna know why? You know where to go!)
I love reading popular science books, and often times a lot of the science is repeated from book to book. Brain Rules is truly unique in that I finished it with a lot of extra knowledge on the brain.
Readers who don’t love non-fiction, this book is great because it’s not too long, there is very little technical jargon in Medina’s explanations, and best of all, it’s pretty darn short for how much information it gives you. The author is a gifted teacher. He explains what happens to the neuron when you learn something by making the reader visualize an earthquake on an island. You aren’t likely to forget that image ever, and that’s what makes Medina a really great teacher.
Brain Rules skillfully and honestly embellishes neuroscience research, making even simple facts seem extraordinary.
I’d highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in the brain. (Even people who don’t have the strongest science background).