Read This Book: Brain Rules

Posted: August 9, 2011 in book review

(This is my last “catch-up” post from my draft folder. I need to have more discipline in keeping my blog current. Thanks for reading.)

This isn’t a light read but it’s a very good read. Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. There are 12 Brain Rules that he delineates and there is a chapter devoted to each rule with a lot of insights. If you know me, you won’t be surprised to know that my favorite rule (though none of the rules are completely independent of one another) is Rule 1: Exercise boosts brain power.

As in each of the succeeding chapters John Medina provides scientific evidence that supports the idea that exercise improves brain function. Though not necessarily conclusive — after all what is conclusive in this world? — the evidence lines up logically to support the rule. Additionally, John provides clinical and historical anecdotes that tie nicely with the scientific evidence. What I learned from all 12 Brain Rules will help me in my professional and personal life and hopefully make me a more effective husband, father, change advocate, and human being.

Read this book.


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