Myths about Brain Development

brain myths

A lot of myths have been floating relating to brain development in our society. Ever in my clinical practice, I have heard a lot of misconceptions from parents and other professionals. Only a few people have given me hard facts about brain developments.

When I studied the science behind the facts of brain development, I realized most of them were myths. Yes, actually! These myths do nothing but to stop us from utilizing our brain to its maximum potential to think, learn, remember and succeed.

Now, let’s discuss some of the myths you must have heard of before:

Myth 1: We use only 10 percent of our brain

Like most of the other myths, it is hard to pinpoint where it began. it is not definitive though, but some people linked it to the American Psychologist William James and even Albert Einstein. They suggested in many words that we were using only a part of our brain potential.

The fact is we use every part of our brain. A lot of the part is active at all the time even if we are sleeping. So, let’s know how we are so sure about it.

You must have heard about various neuro-imaging techniques like PET Scans and MRI’s. These techniques helps us to see our brain in action. These images show that many regions of the brain are active while performing even a simple activity like walking, talking, reading a book or sitting idle. We don’t use all part of the brain at once like we don’t engage our every single muscle at same time.

It also stands to reason if 90% of your brain was useless, you could remove large portions of it as like appendix or tonsils and carry your life a usual.


Written by Renu Goyal

A Child Psychologist, founder of KIDicious – Learning Differently, a child psychological therapy clinic based in Delhi. Have written various articles relating to Child Psychology in magazines like Meri Saheli, Responsible parenting, Psyinsight etc. Presented many papers in national and international conferences.


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