Professor John Medina, Ph. D.

Professor John  Medina
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington
We are making great progress on the biological origins of human behavior. At the same time, we have a really long way to go.

Professor John J. Medina is an Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Washington State University.

In 2004, he was appointed to the rank of Affiliated Scholar at the National Academy of Engineering. His teaching recognitions include the University of Washington's College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty of the Year; the Merrell Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year. Professor Medina has been a consultant to the Education Commission of the States and a regular speaker on the relationship between the cognitive neurosciences and education.

With a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information, Professor Medina is a leading advocate for brain research and its potential application to real world problems. He founded two leading brain research institutes and has spent most of his professional life as a private analytical research consultant, working in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and technology industries on issues related to mental health. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.

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13 Courses and Sets

  1. Your Best Brain

    Your Best Brain

    John Medina
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    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    The most complex object in the known universe is the human brain. We all have a basic conception of how our brains function, but do you truly understand the inner workings of your mind? In 24 exciting lectures, probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and more. Also, learn scientifically proven methods to improve your memory, boost your creativity, and keep your mind sharp.
  2. (Set) Outsmart Yourself & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) Outsmart Yourself & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe and you can learn how to optimize it with this two-course set. Take control of your subconscious to change your bad habits and improve your life in Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You. Then, examine the latest, peer-reviewed neuroscience research to shed light on the mysterious world inside your head with Your Best Brain.
  3. (Set) Your Best Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life Set

    (Set) Your Best Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover fascinating insights about the human brain with this set of courses. Begin by charting the workings of the brain and discovering biological processes produce all the experiences of everyday life, in every stage of life. Then dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience to truly understand the inner workings of your mind to improve your memory, boost your creativity and keep your mind active and sharp.
  4. (Set) Emergency Medicine & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) Emergency Medicine & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Get a greater understanding of your mind and your body with this two-course set that gives you exceptional insight into both. Learn how doctors use critical decision-making skills required in emergency situations with Emergency Medicine. Then, get a better understanding of the inner workings of your own head, and see what you can do to ensure that your brain performs at the highest levels possible, with Your Best...
  5. (Set) Your Best Brain & Art of Critical Decision Making Set

    (Set) Your Best Brain & Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Focus on your mind's amazing abilities with this two-course set. In Your Best Brain, dive into the scientific research that explains why we do what we do. Then, in Art of Critical Decision Making, learn how to overcome your brain's biases to make good decisions.
  6. (Set) Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Delve into your emotions and your brain to better understand yourself with this two course set. First, learn how to take charge of your emotions with Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence. Then, walk through the latest, peer-reviewed neuroscience research to shed light on the mysterious world inside your head with Your Best Brain.
  7. (Set) Your Best Brain & Memory and the Human Lifespan Set

    (Set) Your Best Brain & Memory and the Human Lifespan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore intriguing connections between the human brain and memory in this set of courses. First, dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience to truly understand the inner workings of your mind to boost your creativity and keep your mind sharp. Then, voyage into the human mind and discover how the various aspects of your memory operate and the impact memory has on your daily experience of life.
  8. (Set) The Aging Brain & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) The Aging Brain & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Discover the inner workings of your own mind with this two-course set focusing on the latest neuroscience research. Examine how your brain changes as you get older with The Aging Brain and understand how memory, senses, emotions, and creative thinking happen in Your Best Brain.
  9. (Set) Your Best Brain & Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory Set

    (Set) Your Best Brain & Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
    Build your best brain with this two-course set. First, learn the science behind consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and more. Then, use your knowledge to work to improve your memory.
  10. (Set) The Addictive Brain & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) The Addictive Brain & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Get a handle on neuroscience with this set. First, in The Addictive Brain, examine the epidemic of addiction—both physiological and psychological. Then, survey all areas of neuroscience with Your Best Brain.
  11. (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Get inside and outside of your own head with this two-course set. Start by embarking on a journey of health through the ancient moving meditation with Mastering Tai Chi. Then, learn about the inner-workings of your mind as you explore the latest, peer-reviewed neuroscience research in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious world inside your head with Your Best Brain.
  12. (Set) Your Best Brain & Understanding the Brain Set

    (Set) Your Best Brain & Understanding the Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Truly understand your mind with this two-course set on the brain. You'll embark on a journey into your cerebral cortex and explore the science behind consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and more.
  13. (Set) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Maximize the power of your brain! This complex organ has unique powers to make predictions about the future, form relationships with other people, adapt to changes, and more. Your Best Brain sheds light on the mysterious world inside your head. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy follows this knowledge up with techniques to help you train your brain to improve motivation, management of emotions, and interpersonal skills.