Neuroscience. A word that exudes intelligence and entices us by offering brain-based explanations. As neuroscientists make advances in our understanding of how the brain functions, all sorts of people are jumping in to use any new brain information – proven or unproven – to justify their ineffective approaches to their work.
The results of brain-imaging studies may appear real and reliable, but these studies are usually done on very small samples because the machines are complex and expensive. Neuroscientists are aware of the limitations of their studies, but in the hands of popular media and snake-oil sellers the results become ‘scientific proofs’.
If neurons could talk, they wouldn’t tell that right-brained people are more creative than left-brained people or listening to classical music makes children smarter. But neuromyths – myths about the brain – have been around for so long, they have taken hold in a range of aspects of everyday life.
By separating science from speculation, these blog posts equip you to calmly face the allure of neuroscience.
List of blog posts
- Let’s start with 10% of your brain
- If neurons could talk
- A tale of two brains is more fiction than fact