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Great Myths of the Brain

352 pages, 2014



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The myth that we only use 10% of our brains has been around for decades. Scientific research on the brain has proven that old myth wrong. Now, let's look at the myth that pregnant women lose their minds. Is this really true? 

A study on prenatal depression was conducted by Dr. Marcia Lutgendorf in 2003. The results showed that more than half of all depressed mothers experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy and postpartum. However, only 14% reported this to their doctors. Also, many of these women did not realize that they were depressed until they were asked by a healthcare provider.

Busting Brain Myths

Christian Jarrett's book, Great Myths of the Brain, is all about debunking common misconceptions about the brain. He takes a deep look into the science behind these myths, providing readers with a clearer understanding of how our brains really work.

The Brain is Not a Computer

One of the key takeaways from the book is that the brain is not like a computer. Jarrett explains that this is a common misconception, but our brains are far more complex and adaptable than any machine.

The Left Brain/Right Brain Myth

Jarrett also tackles the popular myth that we are either left-brained or right-brained. He explains that this is not true, and that our brains are not divided into two distinct halves with different functions.

The Power of the Unconscious Mind

In Great Myths of the Brain, you'll find that the unconscious mind is far more powerful than we give it credit for. Jarrett explores how much of our behavior is driven by unconscious processes, challenging the myth that we are always in control of our actions.

The Myth of 10% Brain Usage

Ever heard the myth that we only use 10% of our brains? Well, Jarrett digs into this claim and reveals that it's not true. We actually use all of our brain, just not all at once. This book will help you see your brain in a whole new light.


authorBrian Cox

Brian Cox


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