When it comes to brain-based learning, there are a number of myths that still linger in the public consciousness. Here are three common misconceptions about the brain and learning.
-We only use 10 percent of our brains: This alluring claim, which implies that humans may have a way to unlock immense cognitive potential, is categorically false. In fact, recent brain imaging research suggests that no part of a healthy brain is entirely inactive.
-Left-brained vs. right-brained: While the left and right sides of the brain are responsible for different cognitive functions, there is no evidence that certain personality types favor one side over the other.
-You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Until somewhat recently, prevailing knowledge held that people’s brains became static and unchanged after reaching a certain age. However, research suggests that the brain continues to change over the course of a person’s life, enabling learning and new memory formation.