Can exercise improve cognitive executive function? How about cognitive disorders? Can stress impair learning? Yes, yes, and yes claims Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules, in this entertaining lecture he gave at Google’s headquarters as part of the Authors@Google series. Medina discusses a selection of the 12 brain rules he has identified as “what we know for sure” about the brain, and how we might use that knowledge to transform our lives. The full list of Medina’s brain rules, with links to tutorials on his website, is below. The video is roughly 52 minutes long and well worth the time.
EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
WIRING | Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
LONG-TERM MEMORY | Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
SLEEP | Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
STRESS | Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
SENSORY INTEGRATION | Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
VISION | Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
GENDER | Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
EXPLORATION | Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.