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The Human Brain | Facts and Myths

With the evolution of modern scans such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI ), scientists and researchers have brought us closer to interpreting how the human brain actually works. Consider what some of the latest research has discovered about the human brain.



The Human Brain | Facts and Myths
MYTH:
"Memory decline is inevitable as we age"

FACT: Many seniors are as intelligent and quick-witted as ever. To ensure a healthy brain as you age, try some of the following tips:

  • Engage in physical, preferably, aerobic activities
  • Occupy your brain with intellectually stimulating recreation
  • Eat a healthy brain food diet and consider supplementing a lacking diet
  • Get proper sleep to help manage stress
  • Have fun, be creative, dance, start a hobby or re-kindle an old one
  • Be socially active, participate in meaningful get-togethers
  • Play games that challenge your memory
  • Learn something new everyday
MYTH: "We only use about 10% of our brains"

FACT: Almost the entire brain is employed, in one region or another during the course of any given day. This is evidenced by modern imaging procedures like Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and PET scans.  In fact, the more intricate our undertakings, the more expansive our brain activity becomes.

MYTH: "Brain damage is permanent"

FACT: Historically, it was theorized that the brain had a fixed number of cells and could not produce new ones. If cells were damaged, they were forever lost. Modern science today, reveals that challenging our brain and learning new things can spur the brain and actually promote new cell growth through neurogenesis.

MYTH: "The brain is a sponge, but when it's full; it's full"

FACT: In medical circles, experts are asserting that the brain's potential to learn and develop is infinite; limited only by the imagination and efforts of the individual.  

 

MYTH:  "Subliminal messages can influence you"

FACT: Although subliminal messages are banned in most countries, scientists are still not convinced of their capability to alter, for example, our purchasing choices. Current studies, through the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), have shown that even though the brain may process a subliminal image, it does not necessarily prompt us to act. Furthermore, if there is a great deal of concurrent stimuli, it is likely that the brain will not process the message at all.

MYTH: "Only seniors need to worry about brain exercises"

FACT: Each and every one of us can benefit from an assortment of routine brain exercises. A healthy brain food diet in combination with active brain exercise helps us to manage stress and keeps us sharp-witted.

MYTH: "Brain cells die every day and ultimately our abilities just fade"

FACT: Although it's true that neural connections disappear, we now know that new pathways can be built with regular brain exercises.  Exercise your brain and get the proper brain foods - your brain will reward you with the generation of new cells and newly created circuitry.

MYTH: "We either have a "Right" (creative) or "Left" (analytical) brain dominance"

FACT: It is now known that brain activity travels harmoniously across the hemispheres. It is this sharing and not the division, that's important. In fact, scientists today regard the polarity between the right and left hemisphere to be negligible and insignificant.
 

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