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Brain Rules Chapter Summaries

Brain Rules Chapter Summaries

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Chapter summaries from John Medina's New York Times bestseller, "Brain Rules." www.brainrules.net
Chapter summaries from John Medina's New York Times bestseller, "Brain Rules." www.brainrules.net

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Exercise
Rule #1Exercise boosts brain power.
Our brains were built for walking—12 miles a day!To improve your thinking skills,
move
.Exercise gets blood to your brain, bringing it glucose for energy andoxygen to soak up the toxic electrons that are left over. It alsostimulates the protein that keeps neurons connecting.Aerobic exercise just twice a week halves your risk of dementia.
 
 Survival
Rule #2The human brain evolved, too.
We don't have one brain in our head—we have three. We startedwith a “lizard brain” to keep us breathing, then added a brain like acat’s, and then topped those with the thin layer of Jell-O known asthe cortex—the third, and powerful, “human” brain.We took over the Earth by becoming adaptable to change, comingdown from the trees to the savannah when the climate changed.Going from four legs to two to walk on the savannah freed upenergy to develop a complex brain.Symbolic reasoning—the ability to perceive one thing as another— is a uniquely human talent. It may have arisen from our need tounderstand one another’s intentions and motivations, allowing us tocoordinate within a group.

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