Brain Rules

Title: Brain Rules
Author: John Medina

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. We are so used to being fed all kinds of brains myths for instance the so-called right/left brain chart. In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist (the real thing), shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each of the 12 chapters, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative yet simple ideas for our daily lives, like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.

How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking, even as a woman, a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that our brains as women differ from those of men?

Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science.

Brain Rules John Medina

Die meeste van ons het geen idee wat eintlik in ons koppe aangaan nie. Ons is ook so gewoond om allerlei mites as waar te aanvaar soos byvoorbeeld dat daar hoegenaamd links- en regterbrein mense is. In Brain Rules beskryf dr. John Medina (‘n molekulêre bioloog, dus ‘n ware kenner) hoe kennis van breinwetenskap ‘n invloed kan hê op die wyse waarop ons werk en ons kinders leer. In elk van die 12 hoofstukke deel hy ‘n ‘breinreël’, wat kundiges virseker weet oor hoe ons breine funksioneer, asook eenvoudige idees om in ons daaglikse lewens te implimenteer – soos die feit dat jou brein fisiese oefening nodig het om optimaal te funksioneer.

Hoe leer ons? Wat is die invloed van slaap en stres op ons breine? Waarom kan selfs vroue nie eintlik veelvuldige take gelyk aanpak nie? Waarom is dit so maklik om iets te vergeet, of so belangrik om nuwe inligting te herhaal? Is dit waar dat vroue en mans se breine verskil?

Medina se aansteeklike sin vir humor and fasinerende stories blaas lewe in hierdie boek oor breinwetenskap.

It all comes down to sex. Our bodies latched on to any genetic adaptation that helped us survive long enough to pass our genes on to the next generation. There’s no bigger rule in biology than evolution through natural selection, and the brain is a biological tissue. So it too follows the rule of natural selection.

There are two ways to beat the cruelty of a harsh environment: You can become stronger or you can become smarter. We did the latter. It seems most improbable that such a physically weak species could take over the planet not by adding muscles to our skeletons but by adding neurons to our brains. But we did, and scientists have expended a great deal of effort trying to figure out how. I want to explore four major concept that not only set the stage for all of the Brain Rules, but also explain how we came to conquer the world.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure – Colin Powell.

Daar is geen geheime vir sukses nie. Sukses is die uitkoms van voorbereiding, harde werk en leer uit jou foute – Colin Powell.
Find happiness to get better at work

This much watched TEDx talk by Shawn Achor is not only extremely entertaining, it argues the opposite of what we were constantly taught about work – happiness precedes great work rather than follows after the fact.

Hierdie gewilde TEDx praatjie deur Shawn Achor is nie net baie vermaaklik nie, maar draai die argument – dat om te werk vir jou geluk bring – op sy kop. Volgens Achor is die werk wat jy lewer soveel beter as jy gelukkig is wanneer jy dit aanpak.

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