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Is multi-tasking a myth?

April 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Multi-tasking and stress: Stop what you're doing and uncover the rules that govern your brain.

Dr. Medina is the author of "Brain Rules: 12 principles to help you and your family survive and thrive at work, home & school."

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Dr. Medina's 10 rules:

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.

About Dr. John Medina:

Dr. John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. Medina holds joint affiliate faculty appointments at Seattle Pacific University, where he is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, and at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, in its Department of Bioengineering. In addition, Medina was the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, a Seattle-based research center originally focused on how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular, and molecular levels.

In addition to Brain Rules, Medina's books include: The Genetic Inferno, The Clock of Ages, Depression, What You Need to Know About Alzheimer's, The Outer Limits of Life, Uncovering the Mystery of AIDS, and of Serotonin, Dopamine and Antipsychotic Medications. Medina is also the regular "Molecules of the Mind" contributing columnist for Psychiatric Times. He lives in Seattle with his wife and sons.


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