What's the best way to raise a smart, happy child through age 5? Scientists know. Brain Rules for Baby offers parents facts – not just advice – in an engaging, practical way.

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If workplaces had nap rooms, multitasking was frowned upon, and meetings were held during walks, we'd be vastly more productive. Brain Rules reveals – in plain English – 12 ways our brains truly work.

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The brain is an amazing thing. Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know.

How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? What can science tell us about raising smart, happy children?

Brain Rules are things we know for sure, and John Medina explains what we might do with that knowledge.

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Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. Learn more.

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Brain Rules

The 12 rules, illustrated

After you read a chapter, reinforce the concepts with illustrations, charts and video:

Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
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