“If the human mind were simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.”
Emerson Pugh

Brainy Reading Suggestions

There are so many books about the brain ... from simple books for children to dense academic works intended for researchers.  What we've done here is suggest some of our favorites, intended for general audiences.

For Adults

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Home, Work and School, John Medina, Pear Press, 2014

Medina's 12 principles can help us understand and improve the way we manage sleep and stress, learn more effectively, and retain newly acquired information.  He addresses issues such as multi-taking (which he explains doesn't really exist) and how different men's and women's brains are (and whether it really matters.  By the end of the book, you'll understand a lot more about your brain and how to put your new knowledge to use in all aspects of life.

The Genius in All of Us.  New Insights into Genetics, Talent and IQ, David Schenk, Doubleday, 2011

Shenk writes powerfully and in a very engaging way, drawing on scientific research from multiple fields to make the case that genetics are not destiny. He debunks the common understanding of giftedness and shows how greatness and extraordinary achievements are within the reach of each of us. If you are ever tempted to feel that your innate abilities just aren't enough to succeed in reaching your goals, Shenk's optimistic message can have you thinking in a whole new way.

Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, Steven Johnson, Scribner, 2004

In this bestselling book, Johnson makes the case that brain science can help us understand ourselves.  He looks at topics including the neurochemistry of love and sex, how music affects us emotionally, and where breakthrough ideas come from.  He draws connections from the science to improving how we parent, live and relate to others in our lives.  

The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge, Penguin Books, 2007

­­­­Doidge's popular book explains how the science of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change at any age) is transforming old ideas about how the brain works.  His stories of individuals who benefit rom our new understanding of neuroscience are fascinating, including stroke patients, a woman born with half a brain whose brain rewired itself to work as a whole and other examples of our extraordinarily adaptive brains.

For Teachers

Brain Matters, Translating Research into Classroom Practice, Patricia Wolfe, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2010

This is a book that every teacher should read.  In it, Dr. Wolfe explains how what we know about how the brain learns can help us improve classroom practice and enable our students to learn better and more enduringly.  She describes brain anatomy and function in understandable terms and bridges biology to teaching and learning.  The most recent edition looks at brain development from birth through adolescence and addresses the impact of exercise, sleep, nutrition and technology on the brain. Finally, Dr. Wolfe provides a plethora of brain-compatible instructional strategies that teachers can put to use immediately in the classroom.

How the Brain Learns, David Sousa, Corwin Press, 2011

Sousa explains topics that are important for teachers to understand, including how the brain's memory systems work, how our brains organize information, and the improvement of cognitive processing and the development of creativity.

What the Best College Teachers Do, Ken Bain, Harvard College, 2004

Bain's book comes from a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities.  With engaging real-life examples, he makes the point that the best teachers know their subjects inside and out, but also are able to engage and challenge students, convincing them that what they are teaching them is vitally important, and that their students are capable of learning it. 

The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning, James Zull, Stylus Publishing, 2002

In this book, Zull explains how thinking and learning are the result of biological processes.  Everything we do as teachers changes our students' brains.  In fact, Zull clarifies how learning is really the creation and strengthening of synapses (connections among neurons in the brain).  He relates clearly explained brain structure and function directly to classroom practice and his own teaching experiences.

For Kids

Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain, JoAnn Deak and Sarah Ackerley, Little Pickle Press, 2010

JoAnn Deak, a consultant to schools worldwide on brain development, explains in a child-friendly way, accompanied by colorful illustrations, how they can stretch and grow their own brains.  She also shows how making mistakes is a vital part of learning. The book provides an easy-to-understand and engaging introduction to brain structure and function, and leaves young readers (or children being read to) with an understanding of how what they do can help build their brains and their capacity to learn and think.  This is a book that we often recommend to parents and teachers to use when they are introducing BrainWare SAFARI to their children/students.

The Owners' Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, JoAnn Deak and Terrence Deak. Little Pickle Press, 2012

This book, by the author of Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain, covers much the same neuroscience territory as the earlier book, but at level and with a spin of "coolness" designed for pre-adolescent and teenage readers.  As the publisher says, "It's all about training your brain to help you become the very best version of yourself!"

Success Stories from Our Users

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Parents Say ... A Miracle

by Chana F., Israel

"BrainWare Safari is a miracle. I would have paid anything for it, now that I have seen what it can do to help my son grow his brain right before my eyes. I am confident that it will transform his academic failure into brilliant success."

Educators Say ... A Major Breakthrough in Education

by Dr. Lou Barber, Former State Asst. Supt., CA

"When I became aware of the effectiveness of BrainWare Safari, I recognized the potential contribution this program could make to the educational field. It basically provides a process by which the brain learns how to learn. BrainWare Safari is a well-designed series of brain exercises in a game format that works for all learners--school-age students aged 6 and older, as well as adults. It is truly a major breakthrough in education and has unlimited potential for individuals with disability as well as those with high-level academic ability."

Kids Say ... I Think I’m Smarter

by Tim S. (Age 8)

"You learn and you have fun at the same time. I think I'm smarter because I do BrainWare."

Grandparents Say ... We’re Seeing Benefits We Never Thought We Would Get

by Paul A. (Gregory, Age 11)

"When I heard about BrainWare Safari, I immediately thought of my grandson, Gregory, who has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). BrainWare is helping Greg learn strategy. If he can't do an exercise because he has a problem with his ADD, he develops a strategy so that he can find a way to do it. He learns how to use his brain in dfferent ways to help him with his speed. We're seeing benefits we never thoguht we would get which are helping us combat his deficiency."

Educators Say ... A Very Important Resource Tool for Our Teachers

by Denise Kish, Principal, MI

"As a principal and curriculum director, I am always looking for what works in education to help each of our students learn faster, more easily and more comprehensively, so each student experiences success. We have found that BrainWare Safari works with students at any level, whether struggling or accelerated. All our students improved their cognitive abilities after completing the exercises in BrainWare Safari. I consider this program a very important tool for our teachers; it makes their jobs easier as they now have better performing students."

Parents Say ... You Can Give This Gift to Your Child

by Cheryl M. (Drew, Age 10)

"It's like the difference between taking your child to a music lesson and sitting and waiting or having the music teacher come to your house. You can manage it, you can get your hands around it, and you can give this gift to your child."

Parents Say ... I Was Just the Happiest Mom in Town

by Barb M. (Matt, Age 9)

"I think that all kids have strengths and weakensses and they feel much better about their weaknesses when they know their strengths. BrainWare Safari did that for Matt. I had a hard time believeing the results because he showed such a huge amount of improvement. I took him to a psychologist because I wanted to validate the results. They were all validated. I was just the happiest Mom in town."

Educators Say ... It Was Rewarding to Watch Students Overcome Obstacles to Their Reading Development

by Gaby Chapman, English Teacher, CA

"As an English teacher in a small charter school (6th through 12th grades), I had students with a variety of levels of difficulty with reading and dyslexia. They had challenges with decoding, visual tracking, short-term memory, and/or timing. One was reading six levels below grade. I learned about BrainWare Safari and it seemed to be something we could easily incorporate into our program. The four students who used it were able to make significant progress. One 6th grader who was highly motivated moved from the lowest in the class to a strong reader. The 8th grader improved her reading fluency and also gained a lot of confidence from the program, volunteering to give a speech at 8th grade graduation. It was very rewarding to watch these students overcome some of the obstacles to their reading development and become more engaged in their books."

Parents Say ... This Program Has Been a Gift


"Fourth grade was miserable for my daughter. Even though she did her homework every night and had a reading tutor, she wasn't able to retain facts, read at a second-grade level, and rarely passed tests in class. Her teacher requested holding her back. She started using BrainWare Safari two weeks before fifth grade. After just 3 weeks of practicing 4-5 times per week for 30 minutes each session, she was not only telling me her multiplication facts, but figuring out our her division facts. Her reading comprehension has increased and her ability to write paragraphs. This program has been a gift."

Adult Users Say ... I’m Using the Focusing Techniques I Learned

by Leah Petrusiak, Journalist

"When I was a freshman in high school, my teacher told my dad, 'Leah doesn't know how to think.' As time went on, I realized I had trouble piecing together how certain events culminated in larger happenings. I often forgot events in my own history. While I've dealt with my disconnects in a number of ways, I decided to check out BrainWare Safari. Not only can a clinician use it to spot your trouble spots, you'll quickly find them out on your own--and your strengths as well. One unexpected benefit I realized was an improvement in my art-making ability. If found that I was more in tune with how textures, colors and sequences play off each other, having worked on the exercises that force you to from one complete picture in your head from three boards of Tic Tac Toe. I am also using the focusing techniques I learned when I throw my hat on top of my credit card and am able to form a mental picture of where it is."

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