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Mindful : June 2018
WE ONLY USE 10% OF OUR BRAINS Amishi Jha says she still hears this all the time. Yet it is entirely made up and has, in fact, never been espoused by any scientist. Not So Fast! A few “facts” about the brain that are misleading or downright false. I MUST BE “RIGHT- BRAINED” SINCE I HAVE A CREATIVE PERSONALITY While lateralized brain regions are involved in specific processes such as aspects of lan- guage, and it is well known that cer tain brain structures differ in size in the right and left sides of our brain, the idea that creativity vs. rationality in one’s personality is driven by a “right-brained” or “left-brained” dominance remains unsupported. The brain’s hemispheres are highly intercon- nected and work together for com- plex processing. CROSSWORD PUZZLES WILL KEEP MY BRAIN FROM AGING Crossword puzzles may be fun (for some, anyway), but doing them is not protective for the brain. This is because the puz- zles engage only a specific set of processes. While doing crosswords may make you bet- ter at them, there is no evidence that there will be broader benefits to other processes, such as mem- ory or problem solving. THE BRAIN DEVELOPS INTO ADULTHOOD, AND THEN YOUR BRAIN CELLS JUST DIE OUT More than 100 years of neurosci- ence failed to find brain cell birth and grow th in adult humans. Then in 1998 the discov- ery was made that new brain cells do form in specific brain structures within the adult brain, such as the hippocampus, a structure involved in storing mem- ories. Thus, it seems that at least some parts of the brain can regener- ate cells through- out the lifespan. NEURO- PLASTICITY ONLY OCCURS WITH MEDITATION Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to reorganize its neural connec- tions and func- tions. This can occur in response to physical injury to the brain, such as trauma, tumor, stroke, or dis- ease, as connec- tions between cells change to compensate for missing or com- promised brain regions. Neuro- plasticity also occurs in response to new experences or situations, such as learning a new skill. fMRI IMAGES PRESENT PICTURES OF HOW THE BRAIN WORKS Magnetic Reso- nance Imaging is a breakthrough technology that has allowed more precise anatomical pictures for use in medicine; func- tional MRI is imag- ing that moves through time and has been used extensively in brain activity research. While the images it puts out are flashier than more direct methods,