GSE hosts best-selling author John Medina

Mary Foltz from the PSU Early Childhood Training Center, Dr. John Medina, and Dr. Randy Hitz, Dean of the Graduate School of Education

October 7, 2010—A reception, lecture, and book signing was held in Smith Memorial Student Union this week for best-selling author John Medina, PhD. He holds joint faculty appointments in the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Bioengineering, and at Seattle Pacific University, where he is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research. At the event Dr. Medina discussed his newest book, Brain Rules for Baby (2010), which outlines brain development in young children from zero to five and highlights the most important factors parents need to know in order to raise smart, happy, healthy children.

Dr. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist. “In my work I come across a lot of great research that most people, unless you are a fellow brain scientist, never see,” says Dr. Medina. “I wanted to change that.” He has assembled videos and tools on his website that can help anyone understand brain development. He provides an online parenting test to help parents understand what influences brain development. In his work he has uncovered details every parent, teacher, and business leader should know in order to get optimal results from our brains.

John Medina’s other 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.

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