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Myths About the Brain: Ten Percent and Counting
Myths About the Brain: 10 percent
and Counting

by Eric Chudler, Ph.D.

Link to Education Connection Do we really use only a small portion of our brain? If the answer to this question is yes, then knowing how to access the "unused" part of our brain should unleash untapped mental powers and allow us perform at top efficiency. Let's examine the issue and attempt to get at the truth behind the myth.


"The 'hidden nine-tenths' of your mental strength lies buried... discover, release and use it to gain new success, personal happiness—a fuller, richer life."
  - advertisement for The Magic Power of Your Mind, W.B. Germain, 1956

"They say you only use 10% of it."
  - advertisement for database software, 1999

"You only use 11% of its potential."
  - advertisement for digital TV, 1999

"It's been said that we use a mere 10% of our brain capacity."
  - advertisement for an airline, 1999

Advertisers believe it. The popular media promote it. Do we use only a small portion of our brains? If the answer to this question is Yes, then knowing how to access the "unused" part of our brain should unleash untapped mental powers and allow us perform at top efficiency. But is it true that we only use 10% of our brains? Let's examine the issue of brain use and attempt to get at the truth behind the myth.

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Page 1: Summary
Page 2: Where Did the 10% Statement Begin?
Page 3: Keeping the Brain Quiet
 
  • Imaging the Active Brain
  • Page 4: Evolution and Development Weigh In
     
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