Introduction to John Medina’s book

When no further than the Introduction to John Medina’s Brain Rules, I already wanted to purchase copies to give as gifts to my friends. Medina makes his points with wit, precision, and stories, and convinced me of his professionalism when he described the MGF (Medina Grump Factor), explaining that

…supporting research for each of my points must first be published in a peer-reviewed journal and then successfully replicated. Many of the studies have been replicated dozens of times.

And all of that research is available on his book’s site.

In fact, the book is meant to be used in conjunction with the web site and accompanying DVD. Both the site and DVD contain “tutorials” – additional text, video, and graphics – to further your understanding of the content. When writing about the brain, it sure helps to put the ideas into practice by providing as many modes as possible for getting the reader’s head around an idea.

Medina explains in his introduction that one goal of his book is to focus researchers on areas that need further investigation, because not enough is yet known to make blanket statements or resolutions. However, the studies that do exist suggest:

If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.

He says something similar about business and cubicles.

If the stickies popping out from my copy are any indication, you can bet I’ll have more to say about the content in future posts! One other point of reference – I rarely reread a book, as my mind tends to jump ahead since it already knows what to expect. I intend to reread Brain Rules, however, this time while watching the accompanying DVD chapters. The brain rules tell me there are benefits to revisiting content, utilizing different input, and doing it over a span of time.

Rule #4 – We don’t pay attention to boring things.

Rule #5 – Repeat to remember.

Rule #6 – Remember to repeat.

Rule #7 – Sleep well, think well.

Rule #9 – Stimulate more of the senses.


2 thoughts on “Introduction to John Medina’s book

  1. synapsesensations Post author

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your comment! I recall this part of Medina’s book, and agree with you that the book, overall, is one that is useful on a regular basis. As a teacher, I particularly enjoyed Medina’s ideas at the conclusion of each chapter.


  2. John Maher

    After reading John’s book, I’ve started using on a regular basis. One of the salient take-aways from his book is that using a cell phone in the car is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level between 0.8 and 1.2. The short version of that is to “Assume that any cell phone user is drunk and out of control. Get away from that car as fast as you can; you can’t predict where it will go.”

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