The human brain is complex and amazing. Many researchers are still discovering the mystery of how the brain works and there is still a lot of information to uncover. However, there are still also some misconceptions about how the brain works. Here are the following misconceptions about brain that you must know:
Myth: Only the 10% of human brain is at work.
Truth: Based on experiments on PET and MRI scan proves that the brain is working and active at any given activity. Although the brain does not function simultaneously, it was shown that the all of the area of the brain still function normally. It is just a matter of how often we exercise our brain. We might lose some brain tissue but still our brain can function pretty well.
Myth: Brain injury is forever.
Truth: The truth is that brain injury that cause lasting damage depends on which part of the brain and the types of injury. Like for example a concussion is a very serious problem but it takes time for the person to recover and a stroke can leave a serious concern to the brain and can actually become permanent. However, there are some cases in where the stroke can be recovered through therapy in which will help the brain to create new connection to the brain cells and improve the motor capabilities.
Myth: Classical music can stimulate your brain and makes you smarter.
Truth: Classical music does not have impact on your intellectual by all means. There was a study in 1993 where a group of researchers proved than students who listened to classical music scored above average in their IQ test but apparently this so-called Mozart effect is only temporary because they were asked to take another test after 15 minute and the result were different. Note: playing musical instruments however, can enhance your cognitive skills in the long run.
Myth: Alcohol will always kill the brain cells.
Truth: Alcoholic beverages do not kill the brain cells but it is a substance that alters the brain function because of its addictive abilities. But when the alcohol substance is abuse in the long term, it can and may damage the brain cells. Nevertheless, consuming moderate amount of red wine is great for the brain.
Myth: Drugs make holes in the brain.
Truth: Drugs are another addictive substance that alters the brain function but it does not create hole in your brain. Only physical trauma can put holes in the brain. I am not encouraging anyone to take drugs by all means. Bear in mind that drugs can still interfere with your brain’s system by blocking the activity of your brain cells.
Myth: Solving puzzle games can increase your overall brain’s performance.
Truth: Playing mind games such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku and the like can only improve and exercise your learning skills but not your overall brain ability. Just maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise can greatly affects your memory and cognitive in positive ways.
Myth: Human has the largest brain among any other creature on earth,
Truth: The human brain only weighs about three pounds and is around 15 centimeters in length. If we compare the human brain and all the creatures on earth, sperm whale has the largest brain. It weighs at 18 pounds while elephant 11 pounds. Still thinks human has the largest brain? Think again.
Myth: Human brain consists of 100 billion neurons.
Truth: Whoever created this myth did not do his calculation well! Scientists have gone through extensive research regarding the neurons in the brain and they discovered that the human brain contains around 85 billion neurons. So, if you heard your kids says that we have 100 billion neurons according to his science teacher in class, you should give the correct your kids.
Myth: Our brain cells are permanent and it dies as we age.
Truth: Have anyone ever told you that your brain cells forms new ones? Yes, it is! It is true that cells dies as we age but it also forms new cells during the course of your life. This process is called neurogenesis and it occurs in one region of your brain called the hippocampus.
Myth: A massive bump in the head can cause amnesia.
Truth: While popular TV and soap operas told you that a massive impact on the brain can lead to amnesia are true, it is actually false and absurd. There are two types of amnesia: the lack of ability to form new memories (anterograde) and the lack of ability to recall past memories (retrograde). Retrograde amnesia is usually cause by Alzheimer’s disease or traumatic brain injury.
I believe that we heard more about the rumors and myth about the brain which sounds legit to us but actually are very wrong and misleading. I hope through this article, you can learn a bit of how the brain works and what are the things that were exaggerated by people regarding the brain.