Updated: Jan 1
I often hear people talk about being 'Left brained' or 'Right brained', or that they use only 10% of their brains. These are neuromyths - misconceptions about the brain that are so widespread that they seem almost impossible to kill.
Unfortunately, neuromyths are often used to underpin concepts and tools applied by teachers, consultants, and coaches, both in the public and private sectors. Here are some common myths that people tend to believe despite the general lack of evidence:
1. Learning styles - students are still categorised as visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners.
2. You only use 10% of your brain.
3. Right brain vs left brain - possibly the most widespread myth?
4. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a valid treatment form.
I have included a list of easily readable articles and a lecture below - time to get rid of this nonsense!
Neuromyths in school - The Guardian
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – the 1970s neurobollocks that just refuses to die - The Neurobullocks blog
Oh dear, even people with neuroscience training believe an awful lot of brain myths - The British Psychological Society
Sports coaches with an interest in the brain are especially prone to believing neuromyths - The British Psychological Society
Debunking Neuromyths: Eight Common Brain Myths Set Straight - Psychology Today
Brain myths are harming our children, our health, business and real neuroscience - Christian Jarrett