Brain Myths Busted
There are so many myths about the brain that it's hard to keep track of them all, but Popular Science took on some of those myths, did their homework and busted a bunch of them.
5. Probably the best known myth about the brain is one that's been around for quite awhile. It's the widely believed myth that we only use about 10% of our brains. That myth was even the premise for a popular movie called Lucy. In that movie everyone is blown away because this woman uses 100% of her brain. Yeah, just like all the rest of us.
4. You've probably heard that older adults don't produce new brain cells. That particular myth has been around for about 130 years, but a study conducted back in 1993 found that older adults indeed do produce new brain cells especially in the part of the brain that handles memory.
3. Listening to classical music makes one smarter. Now, there's a widely held belief that just doesn't hold water. Researchers have found that, while listening to Mozart can raise your IQ, it does not make you one iota smarter. I mean, look at me. I listen to classical music. That should prove it doesn't make you any smarter.
2. For a very long time it was thought that some people are visual learners and need to actually see something to help remember whatever they are learning. I've always thought of myself as a visual learner and I thought for sure that it was a true thing. It turns out to be false. All people have an easier time learning something when there is a visual. Myth busted.
1. Drinking any amount of alcohol kills brain cells. Well, it turns out that,drinking too much can actually kill a few brain cells, but not enough to make a difference in our intelligence. They did a study of that myth in Denmark and found that, even hard core alcoholics, have just as many brain cells as anyone else.
Now, those are just a few of the brain myths that were busted. You can read the entire article at the Popular Science website.