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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Category: Think about it

Are there Brain Rules?

Dr. John Medina wrote a great book about how the brain works.  In his book Brain Rules, he covers 12 brain rules.  Here are the brain rules as listed on the website

Exercise EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
Evolution SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
wiring WIRING | Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
attention ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
shortterm SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
longterm LONG-TERM MEMORY | Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
sleep SLEEP | Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
stress STRESS | Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
multisensory SENSORY INTEGRATION | Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
vision VISION | Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
gender GENDER | Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
exploration EXPLORATION | Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

Here is Dr. John Medina discussing these rules:


After looking through the website and watching this lecture how has your view of the interaction of our brain and our health changed?

What really motivates us? Are you motivated by money or more by intrinsic motivators?

It is very interesting to think about what really motivates people. Is it as simple as, if you do this task or solve this problem I will pay you lots of money? or is there more to Motivation like wanting to learn things and feeling purposeful?
The book Drive by Daniel Pink is a fantastic view into the underlying causes of motivation.  I encourage you to watch this video and read the book!


Here is a short Prezi presentation about Motivation and Drive (note you may need to use Chrome browser to view this Prezi):

Where do good ideas come from? How do they happen?

Do you ever think about where “good ideas” come from? Do you envision the light bulb in your head just all of a sudden turning on? Or is there more to how we come up with those genius ideas? Are there things you can be doing to increase the likelihood of having these “moments”?

It’s time we get connected!  Watch this awesome TEDtalk…

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on