Mind Myths

Misconceptions about the brain and human mind

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Mind myths are common misconceptions about the mind and brain.

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Mind myths are common misconceptions about the mind and brain.  They range from misconceptions about the nature or structure of neural elements, to general misconceptions about the way the brain works, how we learn, and how we think. They are often related to misconceptions about the nature of science, a human bias towards association rather than cause-effect, and a bias towards comforting beliefs. Myths are often propagated by marketing and pseudoscientific groups.

Common myths:

  • We use only 10% or 1% of our mental capacity
  • Human potential is not fully realized because we have imbalance between left and right brain
  • Our mental potential is unlimited
  • Our eyes can tell which parts of our brains we are using
  • Using hand movements can help us balance our brains
  • The right side is more powerful than the left