Brain Myths You Should Just Ignore
Previously, we dug into some of the best ways to age gracefully that you’d probably never heard before. Are you adding those tips to your life to slow down the aging process? We hope so!
This week we’re changing it up a bit and looking at some common brain myths. There are always myths floating around, and unfortunately, many people believe them. The human brain is amazing, but here are a few of the myths you can simply ignore.
Brain Myth #1 – Your Brain Cells Die Permanently
In the past, many have believed that adults have a certain amount of brain cells and never make new ones. However, newer evidence has been found showing that the human brain continues to make new cells throughout life, even as humans age. This process is called neurogenesis.
Brain Myth #2 – Humans Only Use 10% of Their Brains
It’s often quoted that we only use 10% of our brain, but although it’s repeated continuously, it’s just not true. Researchers have found that all parts of the brain serve some function.
Brain Myth #3 – You’re Either Right-Brained or Left-Brained
People often say they’re right-brained or left-brained, and the idea behind this myth is that people are dominated by one side of the brain. Although there are tasks and types of thinking that may be more associated with one part of the brain, no one is fully left-brained or right-brained. In fact, we perform tasks better when we get the whole brain involved.
Brain Myth #4 – Classical Music Makes Babies Smarter
The so-called Mozart effect hypothesizes that classical music makes babies smarter and helps people perform better on tests. While one tiny study involving 36 students in 1993 did seem to back this idea up, no other studies have been able to replicate these results. Go ahead and play the beautiful classical music, but it probably doesn’t result in changes to the brain that make you smarter.
There’s always something new you can learn about your brain. And the more you know about your brain, the better you can take care of it. Be sure to check back next week. As summer comes to an end, we have some helpful tips you can use to get back into a routine once summer is over.