Mysteries of the Mind Jan. 6 th Casandra Dana
Myths About the Brain:
You only use 10% of your brain – this is one of the longest standing myths of psychology and mind
studies. In fact, if we only had 10% of our brain working we would be a mess. Any small percentage of the
brain not working to it’s full potential we would experience huge changes. Even when we are doing nothing
we are using all of our brain.
Listening to Mozart makes you smarter This is false. Many parents would play classical music for
their babies to increase their intelligence. The one bit of truth in this is that in one experiment,
undergraduate students who listened to Mozart right before a start did better than those who didn’t on this
particular test in this particular context. This was then overgeneralized, and went on to be applied to babies
despite a lack of evidence.
You can learn through subliminal messages – False. An advertising exec fudged his results and
told his bosses that if they put half second images of Coke in the movie theatres people would buy it. This
went on for about 40 years, and subliminal messaging is completely false.
Bilinguals have denser brains – This is true. Only for true bilinguals, in that they are exposed to two
or more language from birth usually.
The human brain is the biggest brain – False. We have nowhere near the largest, but we have the
best one in it’s development. Our brain is about the size of a dolphin’s. The sperm whale has a brain that
weighs about 17 pounds, but is extremely unintelligent.
Eating artificial flavors make you less intelligent – This is true. Children who have sugar at lunch
tend to underperform compared to their healthier counterparts. This applies to artificial flavoring, sugar,
Brain damage is always p[permanent – False. The brain can heal from most anything, but some is
irreversible. Especially if you are younger brain damage is highly likely to heal.
Women take longer to make decisions – True. This is not a bad thing, as we are more likely to
abide by our decisions, and men are highly likely to change our minds.
Alcohol kills brain cells – Myth. It can hurt your dendrites/cause brain damage if you sustain longter