Despite the proliferation of quizzes that claim to tell you if you're right- or left-brained, the hemispheres don't work like that. On the contrary, it seems that they need to work together to optimally perform many tasks, from speaking to completing math problems. One study of more than 1,000 participants determined that both sides of the brain had roughly equal amounts of activity during different tests, and that no one was strongly right- or left-brained. So, the next time someone tells you that they're hyper-logical and left-brained, feel free to shut them down with some real reasoning that uses both sides. Explore this and other fascinating brain truths with these videos.
Why People Aren't Left-Brained or Right-Brained
It's a longstanding myth. Here's the reality.
Photographic Memory Doesn't Exist
When someone tells you he has one, be skeptical.
Key Facts In This Video
Photographic memory seems to be a myth. 00:27
Most children have eidetic memory, which is the ability to recall an image in extreme detail a few minutes after it is viewed. 00:46
Jill Price remembers almost everything about every single day of her life. 01:29
You Don't Just Use 10% Of Your Brain
Your brain is too important for you to actually use so little of it.
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