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John Medina: “Brain Rules for Aging Well” | Talks at Google


Dr. John J. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School” — a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. Medina’s book on brain development is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: “Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.” His latest book in the series is “Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp.”

Dr. Medina joins us in our Google Seattle office to talk about what we all can do for our future selves to Age Well, and why it’s never too early to start. Using clever anecdotes and captivating speaking style, he shares insights on how friendship and the power of reminiscence can have visible and reproducible effects on aging.

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  1. I know that Talk at Google is euphemism for buy my book tour, and they let anyone in, as long as they have a "book". And, I hate to be cynical, but it feels suspicious to get advice on how to age well, from a person who packs double the amount of weight than he should. His info might as well be good info, however there is also something to be said for leading by example. I'll skip this one, thank you very much.

  2. Bravo. This is what we want google, empirical, data driven science. Not the postmodern Neo Marxist evil that is feminism which resulted in the illegal firing of James Demore.

  3. The power of dopamine. I've never used recreational drugs before but what if I started using MDMA or marijuana shortly after I retire? Would that steady burst of dopamine improve or maintain my cognitive function? ?

  4. He spends a lot of time talking about the power of nostalgia, and yet the smartest people I know personally or follow online have a habit of lifelong learning and adapting to the changing times. On the other hand I'm seeing quite a few losers in their 30's or even younger who cling to their high school or college years and stopped growing. Also, he's fat.

  5. Love the science and enthusiasm. I just have one question about guessed it . Diet. Is John on the Mediterranean or MIND diet as recommended in BRAW.
    If so then they will make you obese and we know your brain doesn't like that. We're confused. Please clarify.

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