Being Right or Left Brained Is A Myth, Just Like These Other Brain "Facts"

Being Right or Left Brained Is A Myth, Just Like These Other Brain "Facts"

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. Myths about the brain proliferate, but we're happy to debunk them in the videos below.

Four Common Brain Myths

Size doesn't matter, and alcohol doesn't kill brain cells.

You Don't Use Just 10% Of Your Brain

Your brain is too important for you to actually use so little of it.

There's No Such Thing As Being Right- or Left-Brained

That's not how the brain operates.

Photographic Memory Doesn't Exist

The closest thing to it is something called eidetic memory.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Photographic memory seems to be a myth. (0:27)

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    Most children have eidetic memory, which is the ability to recall an image in extreme detail a few minutes after it is viewed. (0:46)

  • 3

    Jill Price remembers almost everything about every single day of her life. (1:29)

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