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The Top 10 Myths About The Human Brain

The Top 10 Myths About The Human Brain Myth 1: We only use 10% of our brains. PET and FMRI scans show that much more than 10% of the brain is used during even simple tasks. Myth 2: The brain declines as we get older. Though some cognitive functions do decline as we get older, plenty of our mental skills actually improve with age. Vocabulary, linguistic comprehension, conflict resolution and emotional regulation are just a few areas in which older brains can perform better than their younger counterparts. Myth 3: Brain damage is always permanent. But, we now know that the brain can develop permanent. The myth that we are born with a finite number of brain cells has perpetuated the idea that brain damage is new connections to substitute for ones which are broken and 'reroute' functions through healthy areas. Myth 4: The brain is hard-wired. Myth 5: Left-brained people are organized, right-brained people are creative. One of the most enduring myths about the brain is that specific areas are responsible for specific functions. In fact, the brain is remarkably flexible. A good example of this is that the brain of a blind person can 'rewire' part of their brain responsible for sight to Though there are parts of the brain improve their hearing. that are generally reserved for specific functions, both sides of the brain are used together. The claims that we rely on one side of our brain, or that a left/right orientation signifies creativity or organization, have been disproved. Myth 6: Your memory is an exact account of what you see and experience. Myth 7: Listening to classical music will make a baby smarter. Though some people have better memory than others, nobody's memory is perfect. In fact, when we remember a memory we're often recalling the last time that we remembered it (rather than the original memory), meaning that the memory is altered slightly with every successive time that it is recalled. Though it's tempting to believe in a 'Mozart Effect', there is no evidence to support the idea that playing classical music to a baby can make them smarter. Myth 8: Brain games improve your memory and reasoning skills. The BBC commissioned a study to investigate this theory by asking over 8,600 people aged 18-60 to play online brain games designed to improve memory and reasoning for ten minutes a day, three times a week. The study showed that after six weeks the test subjects didn't do any better on memory/reasoning tests than comparable subjects. Myth 9: Your IO throughout your life. 0 is by no means a perfect test of intelligence, stays the same but it has been long thought that our IQs stay the same throughout our lives. This idea has since been debunked by testing students as they grow older, with 9% of students tested showing changes of 15 points or more after four years. Myth 10: Your brain works better under pressure. Though the pressure of a deadline can motivate us to work harder, it doesn't result in better brain performance, and is actually much more likely to impair function. Journl is an online tool you can use to manage life and keep things safe and at hand. Download a free trial now. Sources Myth 1: Myth 2: Myth 3: Myth 4: Myth 5: Myth 6: Myth 7: Mtth 8: Myth 9: Myth 10: Journl.

The Top 10 Myths About The Human Brain

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