While researchers continue to demystify the workings of the brain, many myths persist about its structure and function. For instance many people think we use only ten percent of our brains. Last week, this notion was rejected by leading academics. ‘The idea of 90 percent of the brain lying dormant does not stand up to analysis,’ said Barbara Sahakian, professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge. In fact, the entire organ is in use all the time, just reading this article involves many different areas of your brain, such as the frontal and occipital lobes to see and understand, and the hippocampus to remember. Meanwhile, as you read, the brain stem and the cerebellum are helping you remain seated, breathing, circulating blood, and digesting your food, while the pituitary gland and hypothalamus regulate hormones, temperature and much more. So, what other myths exist about the single most complex organ in our body? With the help of leading experts we separate the fact from fiction. You decide.
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