brain myths and stuff: don’t believe the hype.
Here is a reminder from your favorite neuroscience nerd ever (aka yours truly):
1. You’ve probably heard about that new movie “Lucy” about some lady who basically gets superpowers and gains the ability to use 100% of her brain when she could previously only use 10%. I know, I know, Morgan Freeman is in this movie and he’s the best, but don’t let it fool you. Despite what people say, you use much more than 10% of your brain. Your brain isn’t just some lumpy cognition machine; you need it for stuff you don’t even think about, like breathing, making your heart beat, regulating your body temperature, regulating your development, determining your skeletal muscle movements, et cetera. I could go on and on, but my point is that you kind of need all of it (read: 100%) to function optimally. The thing uses 20% of your energy alone. Give it some credit.
2. I know you take that dumb right brain/left brain test because you KNOW you’re going to get “right brain-dominant” and feel like a creative special snowflake, but STOP. That test is garbage. You use your whole brain for stuff, okay? Lots of stuff goes on in both sides of your brain and, thanks to the corpus callosum, they work in tandem to make your life super easy. I could go into the whole “you need to study neurochemistry to fully understand the brain because neuroanatomy only tells you so much” talk, but that’s reserved for a different day.
If you read all of this, you have way too much time on your hands, but thank you. Haha.